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Weird front strut bearing mount?

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The (3) studs on the bearing mounts seem mighty long on my car - even without the aluminum spacers (underneath).

Do the replacement mounts come with shorter studs - or do most people cut them off? I'm eventually going with Bilstein HD struts.

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Oh, nuts,

you've obviously been hit by the strut nut viagra fairy.

That can be a painful affliction.

Either that, or you got the 50- state strut- top with the longer

studs to fit the 50- state headlight- lifter spacer.

Actually, I'd vote for the 2nd over the first....

No, that's indeed the normal look of a US strut- top sans its headlight spacer.

t

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US cars had two or more variations in the thickness of the aluminum spacers (I've seen 10mm +/- as well as 20mm+/- thick units). I recall that back in the day - 320i strut mounts came with shorter studs consistently, while 2002 ones were all long variety. (and I believe they're interchangeable completely). New shorter or longer studs can be ordered individually via BMW and pressed in quite easily. (They're splined, but don't get too caried away - the splines in the mount will strip if man-handled). No telling what you receive these days from the OEM / aftermarket suppliers, though, regarding "current" inventory of 2002 mounts. I use a small 1/4" drive rachet on the 13mm nuts....they take a pretty low torque, and this will keep the stud from stripping the mount from overtightening!

Paul Wegweiser

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in the last year; bought bearings from the same supplier. One set came with long studs, the other with short. And the ones with the long studs were marked "E-21, 3er" while the ones with the short studs were marked "2002." Go figure.

Easy enough to tap the long studs out with a brass or copper mallet and press in a set of short studs. Or get out your trusty Dremel tool and cut the long ones off. Or just leave 'em alone...

mike

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Like many others, I just repositioned the alum. spacer on top of the fender and then the studs don't stick up very much. Maybe I'm just used to it after all these years, but I think it looks fine.

Bob Napier

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