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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Scary shocks Reply with quote

even though your dampers may not be leaking etc dont take for granted tehy are fine! pull the sleeves down and the bump stops and check the condition of the metal shaft/slider

ill post pics of mine later! think apple core...

mines 04 with 80k miles
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi rc944,

Are you referring to how rusty and chewed up the metal shaft is and thinning out?

If so, I to experienced the same on my rear shocks when I changed them back in June 2016 (mine had approx 105k miles). The metal shaft was rusted where water was getting in, due to the shock sleeve/protector had lost it's grip on the top of the shock and allowing water to get in and sit on top on the sleeve (retaining water) against the shaft.

As well as changing the shocks I had new shock sleeves and foam sponges installed. But a little tip to prevent the sleeve from slipping down off the shock (during wear and tear), wrap the top of the metal shaft with thick tape (to make the shaft thicker), then slide the sleeve on so it's nice and tight. This should help prevent the sleeve from sliding down and allowing water to get in and rust the shaft.

Doing my front shocks and springs next month (genuine Alpina parts), along with new shock sleeves, foam sponges, top mounts, top bolts, gaskets, lower spring rubber pad and drop links. Estimated cost with labour: 1500 ! ouch

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you get a parts quote from fhw tuning as they supply the full kit for 1200 eur and thats including front and rear dampers and springs but not mounts
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I didn't - I was unaware of that company. Also I thought that original Alpina parts could only be bought from BMW (or Alpina themselves)?

I will check them out - many thanks.

With regards to your original post, about the shock absorber shafts, was the condition of yours the same as I described for mine? With the rust issue and thinning down?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For reference http://www.fmw-tuning.de/bmw/3er-e46/alpina-parts-1098/alpina-chassis-fe-bmw-3er-e46.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^^
Bloody hell Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocking!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine were also like that when i changed them
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jolls - Thanks for the link. Good prices on that site, compared to buying from BMW

rc944 - Yes, exactly the same as my rears
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for anyone cruising around in an e39/e46 or prior platform car, my advice would be to get yours checked no matter how pristine, low mile etc you think your car is!
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