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Old 06-23-2008, 03:38 PM
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Bilstein HD Shock leaking - 1995 E320

My front right shock is leaking after about 5 years with my what was once a new set-up of Eibach ProKit springs and the Bilstein HD shocks. I wasn't going to do anything about it, but I noticed that my car is actually sitting at least a half-inch lower on the side with the bad shock. I am thinking about getting all four Bilstein Sports and getting rid of all of the Bilstein HD shocks.

3 Questions:
1. Do you think it is a good idea?

2. Do you think the entire car will drop a half-inch with the change?

3. What do you think of eShocks, since my Indy wasn’t able to source the shocks from his normal supplier?

I could also just get 2 new HD shocks for the front, but it seemed like a good opportunity to try the Sports.
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:36 PM
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My front right shock is leaking after about 5 years with my what was once a new set-up of Eibach ProKit springs and the Bilstein HD shocks. I wasn't going to do anything about it, but I noticed that my car is actually sitting at least a half-inch lower on the side with the bad shock. I am thinking about getting all four Bilstein Sports and getting rid of all of the Bilstein HD shocks.

3 Questions:
1. Do you think it is a good idea?

2. Do you think the entire car will drop a half-inch with the change?

3. What do you think of eShocks, since my Indy wasn’t able to source the shocks from his normal supplier?

I could also just get 2 new HD shocks for the front, but it seemed like a good opportunity to try the Sports.
Contact Bilstein direct as the shock should have a life time warranty against leakage.

E-shocks has great prices and service...got my HD's there !
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:36 AM
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Contact Bilstein direct as the shock should have a life time warranty against leakage.

E-shocks has great prices and service...got my HD's there !
I considered the warranty, but the reality is that it doubles the labor by doing the replacement twice and needing a spare shock in the interim. In addition, they generally recommend replacing shocks in pairs, so one refurbished shock wouldn't really be so great. I may send the shock to Bilstein after it is off, but I won’t reinstall the shock at this time. Right now I am leaning toward 4 new Bilstein Sports.

I checked prices with Rusty at “buymbparts”. The lower prices would save me $64.00 dollars, compared to eShocks and they both have free shipping. I also checked Phil's Fastlane prices, which were the same as the prices from eShocks. Is there any reason to give up the $64.00 saving and not buy from Rusty?
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I think it might be like always going back to that same bad relationship with an ex girlfriend.
You feel you love them too much, or you are just too stupid to know any better.



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Old 06-24-2008, 01:47 PM
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i'd run sports.. If you are interested I may be willing to work a partial trade for your old HD's!

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