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Old 07-11-2019, 07:38 AM
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Front strut correct positioning

Hi, I am wondering if any of you guys who have had experience in replacing/rebuilding your front struts on a Version without Vertical Dynamics Management. Both my coils were snapped and the shocks were faulty, so I have completely rebuilt both sides with new bits. My issue is, I usually go belt and braces with everything I do, but never read the complete TIS when removing and stripping apart the old strut assembly. I have rebuilt the new complete strut/spring assemblies as per the TIS, but am struggling a little with the guide BMW use to explain which way either side has to be located in the three gude holes. I think I have it right in my head and have looked at the old Support bearing flanges which have marks in them, but sadly theres nothing on the vehicle where they mount to allow me to align these up. I have separated the two and know which is the left and right because the pad inside it is still in the original position, in the keys the BMW TIS specify and they both have green lines on the outer edges which appear to relate to the outside of the assembly when you install either into the car.


I have looked at the TIS and simply find it slightly ambiguous in the way the direction arrows go. The previous owner has let monkey boys loose ont the vehicle sadly, so I cant rely on or trust whats been done before me which is why I'm just checking before I reinstall the complete assy's.



I have copied the bit from the TIS in question and wonder if someone could clarify which way they go, simply because the direction arrows point in opposite directions which is where my confusion lies.



In drawing 1 the Left strut, Stud bolt 1 is denoted as the one opposite the recess where the pad is keyed and its stud bolt one which points in the direction of travel, so I take this to mean the hole nearest the front of the vehicle?







Whereas in drawing 2, the Forward arrow on the right strut now points the opposite way which in the diagram. So does this mean that stud 1 which now has the pad key aligned in its recess below, is also located in the hole thats nearest the front of the vehicle?



I guess I'm more annoyed with myself as I read up extensively before I attempt anything and mark or photograph anything I consider necessary to avoid any confusion. So I would be extremely grateful for any guidance
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:57 AM
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So does this mean that stud 1 which now has the pad key aligned in its recess below, is also located in the hole thats nearest the front of the vehicle?
Yes. You're over thinking the diagrams (probably long into the project, I've done this sort of thing many times). They are both saying the same thing, but with the front of the vehicle reversed.
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Yes. You're over thinking the diagrams (probably long into the project, I've done this sort of thing many times). They are both saying the same thing, but with the front of the vehicle reversed.

Thanks ever so much Crystalworks.. Thats great. A little reassurance is is most helpful -Regards Stu
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I just did this. I found that the strut mount bolts only fit into the body of the car one way. basically the 3 studs are not equidistant from each other. With the only way they would go in, the notch was in fact not pointed straight ahead, but at about a 45 degree angle to straight forward.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:40 AM
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I just did this. I found that the strut mount bolts only fit into the body of the car one way. basically the 3 studs are not equidistant from each other. With the only way they would go in, the notch was in fact not pointed straight ahead, but at about a 45 degree angle to straight forward.

Many thanks for you reply. I have just got one side in and never realized they only fit one way, which is good to know.
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