Suspension Brakes 1st Gen Bilstein struts with Vorshlag Adj Plates

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  1. Mr. Jim

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    Need a little help here. I've been running the Vorshlag plates for several years with JCW struts and Swift springs on my R53. I'm in process of installing the Bilstein HD's but the shaft is shorter and does not stick out of the plate to allow the locknut to go on. Is there a shoulder nut that I need to finish or components of the camber plate that needs changing? Just emailed Vorshlag but figured some has run across this here.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. MCS02

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    On my IE plates there is some spacers. You add them so you can get full adjustment. Do you have anything like that? If so maybe that is the problem and a shorter spacer would allow the bolt to go on.

    Sorry not much help
     
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    From what I'm reading there is a long reach nut to fit down into the bearing and threads onto the strut. I'm gonna call Vorshlag this morning. Something like this....
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    Also, IIRC, there is a different top spring perch or something required from Vorschlagfor the inverted-tube Bilsteins
     
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    It looks like the bushing/collar on the spring perch may also have to be changed. Hopefully I'll find out soon and at not a great expense! Lol
     
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    Jim....
    If for some reason you can't purchase those special nuts, just get with your local machine shop... They should be easy peasy to get the proper threaded coupling nuts and just turn them down with a lathe...

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    #7 Mr. Jim, Oct 22, 2015
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    Thanks Chuck! Spoke with Jon at Vorshlag this morning, he's putting together the parts I need for use with the Bilstein struts. Have to press out old collars and press in the new ones and then the long reach nut to top it.
     
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    Just an update, the parts are on there way, 41.00 shipped!
     
  9. ColinGreene

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    Im shocked he let you press them yourself. He gave me a ration of trouble about not knowing how to press stuff. Maybe it was another guy?
     
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    I guess he knew I was an old fart and pressed a few things in my time! Lol
     
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    OR he knows you aren't Colin.
     
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    Any update on what parts have been put together to work with the Bilstein struts? How's the progress on this?
     

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