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Old 04-26-2011, 12:57 AM   #1
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you cant run bilstein hd's with abs???
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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i was just on ipd looking at bilstein hd's for the front and it says in red not for cars with abs...i have a 240
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:52 AM   #3
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I have an ABS 240, and I have Bilstein HD's.

Later model struts have a little less room inside, and they're a littl eshorter that earlier strut housings. Well, the earlier housings had removable spacers in the bottom used with the OEM inserts, they're welded in place with the ABS strut housings.

But it all still *barely* fits. There are very thin stickers on the Bil HD's that I had to peel off, it's that close. Any rust inside your strut tube and it probably won't fit until you clean it out. And then, the big gland nut that holds it in won't seat all the way down. Not that it's supposed to seat against the strut housing itself, it's supposed to bottom out on the strut insert to hold *it* in place, but with this combination it only screws in a handful of threads before tightening onto the insert.

In my esteemed shade tree mechanic estimation - it was enough threads to work (has to hold against the rebound valving). I put some blue loctite on it and it's been fine for about 5, 5 1/2 years and about 30K miles so far. I occasionally peel up the rubber dust boot and look at them to see if it looks like they've been moving, but no problems yet.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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I run Bilsteins in my 91 245 with ABS. Had a good mechanic put them on so I don't really know how hard it was.

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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ok so loctite an im good to go, thanks guys
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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I did the blue loctite thing a year ago and it is holding fine. Just make sure you get it nice and tight the first time. Use a proper gland nut spanner or big pipe wrench.
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Not to be a naysayer but I've tried to fit them in ABS and late model strut tubes with the welded in spacer and it was just not enough gland nut engagement for me to trust. So my 2 cents is that they don't fit. Those guys got lucky. I didn't.

In fact the latest version of what Bilstein is selling as their cheaper TC shock line didn't fit either.
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:01 PM   #8
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Not to be a naysayer but I've tried to fit them in ABS and late model strut tubes with the welded in spacer and it was just not enough gland nut engagement for me to trust. So my 2 cents is that they don't fit. Those guys got lucky. I didn't.

In fact the latest version of what Bilstein is selling as their cheaper TC shock line didn't fit either.
hmmm, so it seems there is a small market for gland nuts that would have more threads??

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Old 04-28-2011, 06:41 PM   #9
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FYI: I did have one of the gland nuts pop loose shortly after install but took it back and the mechanic got it back on... Have run some 20k miles since so I guess I'll color myself lucky.

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