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<BR>1990 10V 200 TQavant dreaming for 1991 20V.......anyway,
<BR>In response to Steve Jagernauth's post I am most interested in your plight as I have to get off my butt and do mine too.
<BR>Have the top Special "socket" ($45) which I think you mention as the problem in tightening the strut top nut while keeping the shaft from spinning and not getting a true torque tightening it back down.
<BR> Question: Since I haven't gotten that far yet, will I need a larger one like from Zelenda Automotive Forest Hills, NY 11374 that Vw's use? Larger than the 22MM (I think?) Audi one for O.E. struts?
<BR>On the lower part...........................
<BR>Bilstein SWEARS that the wrenches for the "collar" nut to holds the strut cartridge in the strut assembly is included in each packaged "shock".
<BR>Five out of the six Bilstein boxes I got (2 returns) no wrench. Bilstein service rep PAINFULLY sent me one after repeatedly telling me he couldn't. - not supposed to-
<BR>The Damper Wrench" #2069A pg 6 of the Zelenda Automotive catalog is $45.80 which Chris Semple of ForceFive.com in Concord NH sold me his to start the job over the weekend.
<BR>Now once that "special wrench/socket" is used I (and you'll) have to use the special Bilstein supplied collar wrench to tighten the inserts in the assembly. -which I got another in the 6th box I bought. ~130 ft lbs I remember...........
<BR>Follow the Bentley about removing the hub bolt and disassembling the whole thing as I left it (book) in the office and tried to "cheat" by undoing from the top down.
<BR>It didn't pan out. But I was trying to install lower springs at the same time before I got the "damper" wrench...........
<BR>I would try to see if the strut bearing (and even the springs) could come out by tearing down the assembly from the top after the strut cartridge is out using the "damper wrench".
<BR>Question: Anyone BTDT? Can this be done?
<BR>in my case can I swap out springs and reassemble the coil, bearings and top camber adjustments without taking the whole strut assembly off the car?
<BR>In a message dated 10/11/01 12:45:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">Installing new Bilstein Sport inserts/shocks to replace
<BR>worn stock struts/shocks. I have the special Audi 'socket'
<BR>tool to do this having replaced several previous Type 44s with Boge TG but
<BR>Bilstein has a larger piston and therefore different large top nut with
<BR>special wrench to tighten. Not changing springs, I'm happy with stock.
<BR>I change upper strut bearings if I can compress the spring on the car?
<BR>Has anyone changed to Bilstein on the car w/o further disassembly?
<BR>I have spring compressors and air ready for the rear.
<BR>Steve Jagernauth firstname.lastname@example.org