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Old 12-21-2012, 06:32 AM
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I just did this and it all went fine! very easy job!
only problem is i need to replace one of those small black clips that clip the hose to the top of the air spring. i cant find a part number anywhere!
does anyone know how i could get a hold of one?

its the clip on the end of this hose: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/37126755021/ES66212/
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pretty sure you need to order a new hose, i dont know if they sell the clips separately, let me check realoem
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yeah from what i am discovering you need to buy the entire reservoir now...which is just rediculous!
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68 bucks. Could be worse.

If you waited to replace them after a while of leaking, you'd be replacing a compressor too at 500 bucks from Arnott!
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true, but i would have to replace both reserviors as the design seems to have changed...
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true, but i would have to replace both reserviors as the design seems to have changed...
One of those clips broke on my X5 a few years ago, so I had to buy a whole new reservoir. The job was done by BMW New Zealand, and they said it didn't matter that the new reservoir was a different design to the old one, so I have gone ever since with the left reservoir being original, and the right being the new design, without any problems.
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Thanks for the great write-up, X5Kiwi! Definitely a bookmark!

How did the ride change when you put those yellow shocks in? I'm sure it firmed it up, but is it abrupt now, especially over pavement transitions?
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yeah from what i am discovering you need to buy the entire reservoir now...which is just rediculous!
While I was waiting for my new resevoir to arrive (BMW New Zealand had to order it from Germany) the mechanic just used a small cable tie to hold the pipe to the resevoir and it worked perfectly? Maybe save yourself some dollars, use a cable tie and just replace it every 6 months for safety?
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X5Kiwi- thanks for this! I am certain that it will help many now and in the future.

Just curious, however, did you see the need to replace the springs after you replaced the shocks when you had an opportunity to get a good look at them up close? Or was it feel? Another words, had you a crystal ball would you (I'm guessing yes) have replaced both at the same time? [you mentioned that you just did the yellow shocks two weeks prior in the write up]

Thanks again
I decided to replace both air springs as the leaking one was obviously leaking due to age, so I guessed it would not take long for the other one to start leaking. It seemed easier to replace both at once, rather than have to do one now, and one in a few months (Murphy's law would ensure that the other one will ALWAYS start leaking just after you finish the job!)

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