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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:14 am
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So after blowing my left front shock and waiting 3 weeks for parts to get here (yay shipping from germany) I finally have parts needed to get my car back at it again. I was planning to dive into it like I always do until one of my friends said he had heard somewhere that you need to press out wheel bearings to get the front shocks off. Now I have that in the back of my head and I dont have a press at my house so Im kind of thinking twice about tearing into it. I looked around and couldnt find anything on it so Im asking you guys. Does anyone know if bearings need to be pressed at any time in replacing the front suspension on an e24? I need to know now so I can either get started or tow it to a place where I can work on it with a press available. Any personal experience or links would be very helpful, thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:27 pm
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No bearing but make note of the position of the samophlange.


No press needed. You do need either a tool that looks like this:


OR you can put it in a vise if your in a pinch and get the threaded collar off with some heat and a big monkey vise grip or air chisel but the collar may get marred up...prepare for oil spill from strut housing.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:25 pm
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Thanks man, I was wondering how the hell the wheel bearing could even be involved or where my friend heard that at, it jusr made me thing twice. Thanks for clearing it up. I have everything needed.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:44 pm
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Don't worry about chewing the collar up. They are available new at the dealer and Bilstein too. Ask me how I know. A pipe wrench works really well if they are stuck bad.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:45 pm
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Okay well I have tried everything except the actual tool. The collar on mine looks different than the one pictured above. It has four little indents for the tool and is externally threaded. I have tried slip joint plyers, pipe wrench, chisel and deadblow hammer, we had 3 guys workin on it and got nowhere. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:12 pm
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Nevermind, just got it. All it took was a massive tripod vice, a blowtorch, and a 2 foot pipe wrench lol.
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