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Old 07-20-2012, 02:46 PM
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FOR SALE: BMW Toolset for E39 Touring Tailgate Struts

FOR SALE: one original BMW toolset 83 30 0 492 604 for replacing the tailgate and rear window struts on the E39 Touring. The toolset consists of
5 12 153 Plastic Protector (small sheet of plastic to protect roof)
5 12 152 Windows Strut Tool (turned and drilled aluminum tube)
5 12 151 Tailgate Strut Tool (aluminum bar with collar and fulcrum pin)


Purchased from Bavarian Autosport for $121.95 plus shipping, used for my strut replacement.
I am asking $100 plus shipping for the toolset.

Here are photos of the tools and the strut replacement process.

Here is a writeup from this forum with instructions from the TIS.

You will need two each
51248190688 Hatch Window Strut ($30 to $45 each from Autohaus Arizona)
51248220072 Tailgate Strut ($57 each from Autohaus Arizona)

I have been reading since I got the Touring in November 2005, so I guess this is also my introductory note.

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Old 09-17-2012, 12:28 PM
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Old 10-09-2013, 05:30 PM
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Is this still available?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:33 PM
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Is this still available?
Sorry, this set was sold a year ago to one of the E39ers in b i m m e r f o r u m. I believe it's being passed around to folks who need it for the strut swap. Look for a recent post in the E39 Touring sub-forum.

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[The owner is noodlesandsam at yahoo dot com. Send him an email to find out about borrowing the toolset. See this post].
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:37 PM
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Thanks for the reply, appreciate it. I've got to go hunt it down. I need to change my tailgate struts, The tailgate came down on my head twice already, there's not going to be a third time.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:18 PM
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Hi, I'm curious if you located this tool and, if so, would mind lending it out? Am located in Southern California and would gladly pay shipping.

Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:08 PM
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Bobberman, if this is addressed to me, see reply #4, the tool set was sold.

BTW, in some cases, only one or the other of the small window struts has failed and replacing only them will provide the force needed to keep the tailgate up.
You can do a quick, super-easy swap of the small struts without the tools.
See my note here with a DIY using a length of copper pipe. The hardest part is replacing the plastic covers for the wire bundle - otherwise you can swap both small struts in a half hour.

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Old 01-14-2014, 03:27 PM
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Stephen:

Thanks, I was actually replying to Spotink as it appeared from your earlier post, unless I misunderstood, that the tool was being passed around to those in need.

I've got to replace both the window and the tailgate struts as both are failing in my '02 525iT and it was difficult loading items into the rear a couple of days ago. The situation is aggravated by cool weather, it appears.

Thanks for the picture links. Very useful.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:16 AM
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I ended up making my own contraption. The whole thing cost around $15 to make. All you need is a parallel clamp, copper tube, bolt/nut and rivet. I don't remember the exact size of the copper tube but what I did was I brought the strut to Home Depot and looked for an exact fit. They sell short ones too so you don't need to buy a whole length of copper tube. I cut out a portion of the tube to create an opening. The clamp was on sale at Harbor Freight Tools for $5.00. The rivets and bolt/nut I already had. I ended up replacing only one side because it was able to stay up so I did not bother doing the other side. In my case the toughest part was putting back the wiring harness into the plastic channel or holder attached to the door hinge. I also had to removed the pin at the tip of the strut because I had a hard time seating it on the ball tip where it sits. Apparently the strut that I got had a very tight fit. Fortunately even without the pin it stayed in place and did not popped out when you open and close the door so I left it at that. See attached photos to give you an idea of what I did.

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:21 AM
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E39 Wagon Read Door strut replacement tool.

Here's my home made tool for replacing the strut to the back door of my E39 wagon. The whole thing cost me $15.00 to make. Way cheaper compared to the factory recommended tool.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:29 AM
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Here's my home made tool for replacing the strut to the back door of my E39 wagon. The whole thing cost me $15.00 to make. Way cheaper compared to the factory recommended tool.
Cool, is this for the large strut for the door? Or for the small strut for the glass?
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:45 AM
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:51 AM
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By the way I bought a separate steel pipe for the smaller strut. It's about 2ft. The diameter was enough that the smaller strut went it. When the small strut was in the pipe I taped it at the mouth of the pipe so it stayed in place.


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Old 01-15-2014, 04:02 PM
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Spotink

Thanks for the photos and suggestions. Seems straight forward. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm assuming the clamp was used for the metal shaft and not because it had a clamp on it.

All I need now is the time to do it.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:36 PM
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By the way I bought a separate steel pipe for the smaller strut. It's about 2ft. The diameter was enough that the smaller strut went it. When the small strut was in the pipe I taped it at the mouth of the pipe so it stayed in place.
Nice improvisation and it got the job done. All of your points, such as removing the retaining pin from the ball end and taping the strut, are in my write-up and photos referenced above. I may try the clamp-based tool for my large struts when they need to be done.

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