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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 06-01-2005, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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used I bought a set of Sensa-trac shock cartridges (by Monr0e) for my 1987 325IC but when I released the pistion it extended about three inches longer than the old piston. The cartridge body is identical ..... I thought the old shocks were original equipment .... the new ones are supposed to be correct replacements ........now I am beginning to wonder if the old ones weren't the original. I put the new shocks on hoping the weight of the car would correct the difference but the car seems to sit a little high in the front now .......... can anyone tell me the correct length of the piston on the front shock (or the correct total piston length)..........This info would help me in my discussion with technical folks at Monroe

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used I bought a set of Sensa-trac shock cartridges (by Monr0e) for my 1987 325IC but when I released the pistion it extended about three inches longer than the old piston. The cartridge body is identical ..... I thought the old shocks were original equipment .... the new ones are supposed to be correct replacements ........now I am beginning to wonder if the old ones weren't the original. I put the new shocks on hoping the weight of the car would correct the difference but the car seems to sit a little high in the front now .......... can anyone tell me the correct length of the piston on the front shock (or the correct total piston length)..........This info would help me in my discussion with technical folks at Monroe

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your old struts were probably worn out.

mine were so bad that when compressed they didnt uncompress.
even when i "lowered" my vehicle with new springs and shocks, it stayed pretty much the same height.
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