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Old 03-20-2006, 10:46 AM
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Bilstein HD installation question

I installed Bilstein HD rear shocks yesterday, but being the first time that I had ever installed shocks, I do have a question about the turning rod.

When I tightened the top locknut on the shock rod, I didn't realize initially that the rod was turning as well. So I continued tightening (or so I thought) for probably 10-15 turns, until I noticed my error. I didn't turn the rod back at the time, or at least not much, as it didn't appear to do much from my vantage point in the trunk. I did notice outside the car that the ride height had been raised between 1/2 to 1 inch, based on the height of the other side.

My question is: Can I go back and just turn the rod the other way for 10-15 turns, or until the ride height is the same on both sides? Was the shock damaged by doing this?

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I doubt the shock was damaged and the cause of the height diff. was not caused by turning the rod.
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I am now thinking that the HDs are non-adjustable. I just went out this morning to check the height; both sides are now identical. Settling of the springs/shocks?

By the way, Bilstein HDs are profound improvement in handling. Ride quality is much more firm but far more composed. No more massive bobbles on railroad tracks or bridge approaches.
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I am now thinking that the HDs are non-adjustable. I just went out this morning to check the height; both sides are now identical. Settling of the springs/shocks?
When you lower the vehicle down onto the pavement, the tires fight the pavement and need to scrub sideways. They can't easily do this when the vehicle is stationary and the trailing arm won't fully compress.

The vehicle needs to roll forward or rearward a few feet and it will settle to the proper height.

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