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  1. Thanks! I was worried that using a piece of coat hanger wire might poke a hole in the rubber plus it sounds so inelegant. So I used a very long #6 Machine screw (so much more refined ya' know) to get it past the retaining ridge- not much resistance really - and the bump fell the rest of the way down with just a jiggle. So, a coat hanger probably would work just fine. Going back in, I just compressed the shock, then inverted it onto a padded part of the floor, pushed down and it popped right back into place. So the lesson for me is don't be such a wuss. Its not like I haven't used a coat hanger on the '02 before - a piece of sturdy coat hanger wire makes a dandy tool for adjusting valves too.
  2. What do you use to slide it back up there? Is a stiff piece of wire (coat hanger) really the right tool?
  3. My first thought was e21 Sport seats
  4. I was thinking that, but I figured surely the engineers must have come up with a better way than poking it down with a coat hanger. I mean, that's like Zeb working on the tractor with an axe. So any trick to getting it back up there? Does it slide back in place when you compress the shock?
  5. Anybody install a set of Koni yellows recently? Feeling kinda' stupid here, but directions & video on the Koni site are not very helpful. Just got my new Koni Sports (Yellow) and was trying to figure out how to adjust the rears. According to the instructions, you compress them fully, then rotate counterclockwise until you feel the adjustment nut engage, should then be able to continue to rotate counterclock until a stop is felt. Well I can't feel the adjustment engage or any stop. It says "Some shock absorbers include a bump rubber concealed under the dust cover and it must be removed prior to adjusting". There is a plastic disk around the rod with a split that comes off (see pic), and there does appear to be a rubber bump at the very top under the upper part which I presume is the "dust cover". So how does that come off? Thanks for your patience
  6. So just to close the circle - I have ordered up a set of front and rear Koni Sports (#86-1519 Front; 80-1868 Rear). B6 Bilstein fronts are nla in US (back order since 2017). I went to the Bilstein UK site but they apparently won't ship here. Specifications on the "genuine BMW Bilsteins" available through Mobile Trad are unknown, So, much easier to just order the Konis which most folks seem to think are great too. Note they are on sale now. $484 including tax and free shipping for all 4 from Tire Rack
  7. I did. Response on the phone was not really clear. I emailed them and am hoping for clarification. My hunch is they are OEM size/length like the B6 (fka HD), and if so, then the question comes down to the compression/rebound rates (the parameter numbers noted by vic leonardo above). Are they stock, in which case I don't want them, or a bit stiffer like the old HDs, in which case I (and probably some other folks around here) do. I've been really happy with the HDs and ST springs for the past 15 years/75K miles. Like our cars, some of us are old and not really embracing change
  8. The Maximillian/Mobile Tradition/BMW Classic site shows a Bilstein strut insert with BMW part no 31 32 1 114 384. https://www.bmwmobiletradition-online.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=ST11&mospid=47129&btnr=31_0440&hg=31&fg=05&hl=6 Anybody know if this is more or less the same as the old HD or B6 which is nla in the US? I do not want the stiffer Bili "Sport" or B8 equivalent. They also show Boge and F&S inserts with different part nos for less $, though I'll go with Koni's if I can't find Bili HDs
  9. Really like the look of my black/whit(grey?) Coco Mats. Very nice with my Chamonix over Black/blue. Would consider black/red just to make it pop
  10. A Timely Post! I have had HDs (front and rear) with ST springs (only slightly lower than stock) for almost 70K miles now and have been very happy with the set-up. BUT, I've started to notice a little extra bounce in the rear and am considering new rears and was wondering about availability of the HDs. So, Is the B6 basically the same or pretty close to the HD. And are they generally available. Anybody bought any recently? Where? If not, the Koni "Str.T" looks like a similar performance level. Comments, advice and actual information solicited TIA!
  11. BMW mechanic friend in town I asked knew of no local (Richmond, Va) diff rebuilders.
  12. I posted this question a couple of days ago but it appears to have gotten lost in the recent FAQ server crash, so apologies for the repeat. I used the search and didn't see this addressed in the last several years. I am fresh out of spare differentials, having recently installed the one that's been sitting on my shelf for several years after the old one gave up. Would like to have the old one rebuilt for whenever the "new" one goes. I know about Diffsonline and Metric Mechanic, but wonder about other options, especially east coast. Suggestions? Thanks!
  13. "4/20" am I the only one who instinctively did the Beavis & Butthead laugh
  14. Be sure you can loosen the fill plug Before you remove the drain plug
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