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Old 03-30-2017, 11:24 AM   #1
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Shock Repair

So, there was a slight incident with overtightening a shock bolt on Mike's E90 (wasn't me!). Unfortunately, this was a Bilstein PSS10 damper, and Bilstein's excellent customer service response was "Fuck you, buy another set. We won't even sell you the individual shock."

While we were noodling repairing it, I pinged a friend about a couple of different approaches to solving the problem. Basically, this came down to either carefully and very slowly welding a bolt to the end, or drilling/tapping and shoving a stud in. His opinion was that the weld on option would probably work, but that it was a last resort. And also that he could knock out a "good enough" drill guide and get it done in about 15 minutes, so I should just bring it over after work.

Making the drill guide:





Chopping off the end of the shock:





Drill guide rigged up (if this was going to get more than a couple uses, a drill bushing would be good, but not needed here):


Drilled:


Studded:


Eric:
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:26 AM   #2
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Very nice shop he has there. That's good work
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:34 AM   #3
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Very nice shop he has there. That's good work
By his standard, it was hugely half assed. Way better and a lot faster than it would have been for me to do it, though.
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:36 AM   #4
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That's cool.

Things are so much easier when you have the right tools - and know how. But mostly tools.
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:49 PM   #5
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I am not sure how Eric and I are not friends. We shared circles in the 80s. We share circles today. I don't think we've ever met.
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I am not sure how Eric and I are not friends. We shared circles in the 80s. We share circles today. I don't think we've ever met.
Mistakes were made?
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Mistakes were made?
I don't know...just one of those weird things.
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Old 04-01-2017, 01:48 PM   #8
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My main takeaway from this thread is: Don't buy Bilstein.

Well, that and: whoa cool.
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Bilstein makes really good dampers actually. I don't like their lack of adjustability but they're very high quality and durable monotubes.
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That's a seriously good "there I fixed it"
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