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Old 01-18-2021, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Bilstein H6 shocks won't fit.

Hi Everyone, I have decided to move ahead and install all of my suspension goodies before I take it to get smogged as it rides like an old Buick. I have removed and cleaned out the shock housing but when I try and install the new Bilstien H6 shocks I am unable to seat the collar on the top of the shock. It looks like there is not enough space for the threads to catch. I have watched a couple of videos on replacing the shocks and it is mentioned that there might be a spacer at the bottom. I have checked and mine does not have the spacer. I managed to get the passenger side mounted but the treads don't go all the way down. Is there anything that I could be missing? I have checked the instructions that were provided by IPD and it doesn't about a spacer. I will add photos when I go back to the car in the morning. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-19-2021, 03:04 AM   #2
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There are lots of (older) threads (excuse the pun) on this issue.

I assume you have a 90+ 240.
On these later models the spacer is not removable as it was with the earlier models. They changed the strut slightly on these late models to be ready for ABS based on what I've read.

People have successfully installed Bilsteins into later model struts with only a few threads engaged on the gland nut.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=247621
http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=339790
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That helps out a ton, I did not know there was any difference between the years when it came to the front suspension. I will try and call a local yard to see if they have a set of late 80's strut assemblies that will fit the H6's. If that is a no-go then maybe will sell the springs and shocks to get a set of coil overs and solve the issue.
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Old 01-19-2021, 04:40 AM   #4
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Weld the gland nut on?
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Old 01-19-2021, 10:23 AM   #5
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You probably have a bent strut housing.

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You probably have a bent strut housing.
Very interesting Ben. Do you repair those bent struts then? Is it a matter of knocking it straight with a hammer or do you disassemble the tube from the spindle and straighten the tube?

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Just a quick update. I was able to secure some spindles from a 88 240. They do not have the weld-in spacer and the Bilstein H6 shocks seated perfectly with almost all the thread into the shock housing. Will be finishing up the install in the morning. I tried to add a photo of the 89-93 spindle and the 88 spindles but am unable to add them to the reply.
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Very interesting Ben. Do you repair those bent struts then? Is it a matter of knocking it straight with a hammer or do you disassemble the tube from the spindle and straighten the tube?

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There's not enough value in the strut housing assembly to make it worthwhile to repair a bent one. If the knuckle is in good shape we will separate the tube and reuse it for a reinforced setup or a JRZ setup.

If not it goes in the scrap bin.

Both of those need factory spindles and don't require the tubes.
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