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Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2011, 07:35:14 pm »
OK, Ive got my car back and the kit has been fitted. Looks alot better and am expecting it to sit a little lower once Ive driven it around a bit. Just a couple of problems, the garage that fitted it couldnt do the wheel alignment so I went to another local tyre fitting place to have 4 wheel alignment and the findings are a little worrying.

Rear wheels have toe out slightly +0.16deg and +0.26deg but this is not adjustable
Front camber is -0.45deg and -1.09deg so one side is 0.69deg out.

Anybody know what might have gone wrong with the camber...have one of the new coilovers been fitted incorrectly?
What about the rear toe out, that must be from the factory?

Also, Ive now got an annoying squeak from one of the front shocks which again is concerning, am going on a road trip tomorrow so will see if it clears otherwise may have to call TMC!

I'm sure there will be a reason for this, the Bilstein kits are T.U.V certified and this this test is very strict, the Germans are extremely strict on aftermarket parts being proven safe and fit for purpose. I would ask the garage to check the installation in case something is not installed properly. Meanwhile I will send your results to Bilstein and ask for feedback. As far as the squeak goes no one has had any issues so far but like anything its always possible to have a faulty unit, if this is the case don't worry its fully covered under warranty.

Please call me to keep me updated after the garage checks the car over.

« Last Edit: June 24, 2011, 07:40:22 pm by TMC-Motorsport »


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    Offline Joe

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    Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
    « Reply #16 on: June 24, 2011, 08:12:14 pm »
    There won't be an issue with the Bilstein kit. The car's geometry is sh*t from the factory. I'm sure lagerlout will back me up on this. The rear is adjustable by inserting shims in the rear hubs. I had this done. The rear certainly shouldn't be toeing out, but let it bed in a bit, report back and I can put you in touch with someone who can properly sort out the alignment and camber on all 4 corners (if the front shocks have camber adjustment)...
    « Last Edit: June 24, 2011, 08:13:54 pm by Joe »

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    Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
    « Reply #17 on: June 28, 2011, 12:15:00 pm »
    Thanks for the advice.

    Went on a 300 mile run this weekend and the car certainly drives fine, the squeak is still there so will take it back to the garage for them to look at.

    Im now regretting not taking the car to a specialist!

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    Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
    « Reply #18 on: July 30, 2011, 04:10:31 am »
    mine arrive ~Monday im fitting them myself let them bed in and going to a specialist to set them up

    these guys are 20 mins away in Atherstone might be worth a shout out http://www.centergravity.co.uk/index.cfm

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    Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
    « Reply #19 on: August 01, 2011, 09:55:59 pm »
    Be interested to see what ride heights people end up with as sometimes winding it down to its lowest setting isnt best.

    Also are people going for a completely flat/level stance or for a slightly raised rear?
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    Re: Advice on fitting Bilstein kit needed
    « Reply #20 on: June 24, 2015, 12:15:23 am »
    Yes my car also had a difference in the rear from factory