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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 06-11-2004, 01:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I just bought a pair of used (hopefully not too bad...) Bilstein front heavy duty shocks. (Such a good deal, couldn't pass it up.) - Anyhow, I need to replace the rest of the strut assembly. Of course my first issue is... what exactly is the strut? is it the whole wheel mounted assembly? Like, does that include shock, spring, hub, and the strut mounts? I mean... I guess I'm confused because I hear the word tossed around pretty often. Anyhow, I got the shocks, I need the springs, and the hub... well I guess its fine. I'd like to swap the back to a 325 hub so I can have disc brakes in the back. but thats another day, can't afford 5 lug rims, not even right now. :-x (if you know another way to do it, please by all means let me know.) However, I still need to buy a set of rear heavy duty shocks so I can install the front ones without making my car handle weird. So my question is, do you think its easier to just buy two junkyard strut assemblys that are in better condition (Because believe me, I've found them.) and just replace my whole assembly and swap the shocks onto them at the same time? Or should I just swap the shocks, and some new springs? Blah. So I know what the front assembly is all about, but the rear assembly is a whole different story. What do you think I should do there? I'm not certian myself. Just buy junkyard ones again, and swap the shocks onto them? Man, life is study. Anyhow, That'll solve a big problem for me right now. The next one will be to fix the rust in my drivers side frame rail. Gah. The mechanic said when it was up on the lift it looked pretty ugly, so I need to get up under my car and have a peek. See if that will require just some touch up, or if I'm going to actually weld... new steel up there or something. Bah. I know of some people who can do that if I -need-... hopefuly I won't -need- to. and when I finish that, all that is left is my engine problem! Then I'll have a fancy fancy BMW. Bah, my friends make fun of it for not being able to pull me, and their fat asses around town at acceleration rates similar to their newer engines. :P Buuuut, while they go home in a front wheel and a honda, (haha, even though most hondas are front wheel...) I still go home in a bimmer. So I think I still win. Anyhow, workin on taking the ghetto out of my ride. She'll be a classy lady when I'm done with her.
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Old 06-11-2004, 02:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if u would have bought them new, u would have gotten the warranty with them. be weary when u buy used things, people are liars, and shocks are impossible to tell how long they will last. what kind of car is it for?

why r u buying used struts/shocks anyway?

struts are just a shock w/a coil spring wrapped @ and stuck between 2 plates in a tightly package unit. BUY them new, buy the Once. (for life, or until u get the cool upgrades. WHICH is what u should be doing in the first place.

go w/bilistien sport 2 shocks/struts, w eibach or h&r sport springs.
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thats true, I wish I could have afforded them new, however I've got alot of bills coming up, and not enough money to go around. I would buy the sport 2, but I -definatly- can't afford new springs and shocks and struts all around. BLah. I'm poor, nigga! :P haha. I do plan to get the rear shocks new though. As far as the rest of the strut, I've gotta get them replaced. Mine are kind of rusted, and not really something I want to depend on when driving hard. :-x haha. As far as the junkyard ones, I'm going to get them because I don't know where else I could find new struts for my car, so I mean if you know where I could get new struts please tell me. I would love new parts, but like I said... I'm poor right now, and 75 bucks for a pair of porsche seats doesn't sound too bad. (however installing custom seat rails does... I hope they'll fit on my current seat rails... otherwise its ebay time.)
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if u cant aford them new just dont buy them... now whats going to happend when they wear out after 5,000 miles? are u going to be able to aford new ones then? probably not


and for the seats your going to definetly need to get new rails and maybe even wholes to put them in.. will u be able to make the new mounting wholes yourself? if not its going to cost you alot for that and the rails.
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The holes I can make myself. I have access to a variety of tools that would make it a posibility. Plasma torch, cutting torch, industrial quality drill bits, ect. However I chose to go about doing it I have the tools. But I don't know if the seats are in my price range thats true. However 5000 miles is a long time for me, I only commute to and from work, and occasionally to take my ex-girlfriend out (a long story.). But aside from that, I am not upset about putting money into this car. So far I'm coming to enjoy it. Its fufilling. Anyhow, I guess even that I'm not in the condition to keep replacing bits, I want to. And that won't change. At any rate I'm trying to upgrade safety features first. So my struts which I've had multipule mechanics say are R+R are not something I can depend on right now, which is why I'm in the market to replace them. And Its true I may not be getting the most cost effective struts, but its something I -want- to do. So its something I'm -choosing- to do. You know? I mean... I just don't feel like being chastised about something right now I guess. I like my car, and I want it to perform. Even though it will keep me broke for a long time.
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