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post #1 of 20 Old 11th March 2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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B10 BT Front Shocks

Today i had a look at the front shocks and found that the top locknut (Shock to strut) was loose so cleaned and applied Threadlocker and retightened both sides.
But after dropping the car to the floor noticed that the n/s gap between top of the tyre to arch was smaller than that on the o/s wheel?

I understand that the height of the suspension is controlled by the shock as it limits the spring to the shocks total extension.

So when the shock has worn would it extend further than normal?

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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The only thing that I can think of is that the shock for some reason whether worn? Is extending further than it should be?

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Sometimes the car ................. needs time to get the optimal ,, oem height,, after been lifted

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I'll give a run tomorrow over some uneven roads and see if that sorts it out.

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I always understood it was the springs which set the ride height (on the standard set-up). Shocks are for rebound dampening only unless they are incorporated in an adjustable coilover setup.

Get someone to check the gap when you are sitting in the drivers seat. Anecdotal evidence suggests BMWs are set up this way!

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Thanks chas the drivers side n/s suspension sits at the correct height where as the o/s sits about 1 inch higher

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Thanks chas the drivers side n/s suspension sits at the correct height where as the o/s sits about 1 inch higher
Oops!
I've mostly been driving the B10 V8 recently - BT and B8 are summer use only - I wasn't considering that the BT was LHD when I responded!!

Are you sure there's no breakage in the spring near either of its extremeties..?

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Oops!
I've mostly been driving the B10 V8 recently - BT and B8 are summer use only - I wasn't considering that the BT was LHD when I responded!!

Are you sure there's no breakage in the spring near either of its extremeties..?
I had the n/s drivers side strut assembly completely removed and the spring was in good condition other than the rust. I jacked the o/s up and tightened the top lock nut( between the strut and shock). Didn't notice any damage although I didn't remove the strut assembly, which I'll probably end up doing!

Surely if the spring had snapped the ride height would be lower not higher?

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Surely if the spring had snapped the ride height would be lower not higher?
That would be my expectation too. Perhaps one spring has been replaced in isolation rather than as a pair, so there's different levels of fatigue causing more sag in the older one?

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