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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:10 AM
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Ok so my E30 is bouncing when i drive so i know its time for new shocks and springs and struts i already did the rear springs it was pretty simple my problem is the front struts. When i look up online for the part it keeps listing strut insterts as a part which basically looks like a shock but i know its not,then its listing strut housing which cost between 700-800 dollars and then just the plain struts. So my question is which part do i get the insert,housing,or just the strut im a little confused because im thinking the insert goes into the strut housing but someone told me that not all cars are like that some are just one whole unit and you cant buy strut inserts buy its giving me the option to buy either or so PLEASE HELP WHICH PART DO I BUY TO STOP THE BOUNCING IF I GET THE STRUT INSERT DOES IT SLIDE INTO THE HOUSING??? OR DO E30S HAVE STRUT HOUSING AT ALL?
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:40 AM
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You should post a link to the site your looking up parts

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Old 09-21-2012, 08:39 AM
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Ok so my E30 is bouncing when i drive so i know its time for new shocks and springs and struts i already did the rear springs it was pretty simple my problem is the front struts. When i look up online for the part it keeps listing strut insterts as a part which basically looks like a shock but i know its not,then its listing strut housing which cost between 700-800 dollars and then just the plain struts. So my question is which part do i get the insert,housing,or just the strut im a little confused because im thinking the insert goes into the strut housing but someone told me that not all cars are like that some are just one whole unit and you cant buy strut inserts buy its giving me the option to buy either or so PLEASE HELP WHICH PART DO I BUY TO STOP THE BOUNCING IF I GET THE STRUT INSERT DOES IT SLIDE INTO THE HOUSING??? OR DO E30S HAVE STRUT HOUSING AT ALL?
They have strut housings. You'll see a giant nut on the housing for the strut. Once you break that nut free (lots of PB blaster and soaking) you'll be able to pull out the cartridge and replace it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:01 PM
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all E30 use inserts. you just need to be carefull of whether you have the 45mm or 51mm versions... losely follows engine size and year.
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They have strut housings. You'll see a giant nut on the housing for the strut. Once you break that nut free (lots of PB blaster and soaking) you'll be able to pull out the cartridge and replace it.
Bingo. Also if you need help figuring out which size insert you need shoot me a PM with your cars info (last 7 of vin), I can usually pull it up in our data base. HERE is a link to my E30 suspension page, if you're trying to figure out what brand of shocks to go with KYBs are our most popular option for E30s.


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and you will need a spring compressor.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:43 AM
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Post spring compressor.

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Just pulling your leg
We have a different way of doing things in the bush & that is use a wire that can take stress & twisting (as you would use on cattle fencing) and then use that to compress the shock spring Click image for larger version

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:23 AM
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If I'm ever stuck in the outback I'll remember the trick Nick323. Until then I'll do my repairs in the workshop with girlie tools.
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