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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 11, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Bilstein front shock install question

Went to put it in but im confused they gave me 3 washers, 2 rubber bushings and one nut.

Im pretty sure I only use 2 washers, but they gave me 3, 2 nice shiny ones and a dull looking one. Im pretty sure it goes washer, bushing on one side and then on the other its bushing followed by the washer then the nut.....

Sorry just want to get it right....
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Where are your instructions?

Most shocks have 2 cupped (retaining) washers that the bushings sit in. You slide a cupped washer on the shaft, then a bushing and push the shock into place and then add the other bushing and cupped washer and nut. See if this helps...

http://www.eshocks.com/Mounting.asp

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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

The Bilsteins for a Camaro use different bushings than what most do for some reason. Instead of having little ridges on the bushings that go into the hole in the frame to keep the shaft lined up, the bushings are just flat and one of the washers has a ridge around the hole in it.

You install one cup washer, then one of the bushings, then the washer with the ridge on it. Insert the shock up into the hole, install the lower shock bolts to hold it in, and line the shock shaft up so the ridge on the top washer lines up in the hole. Then drop the other bushing on from the top and the last cup washer on followed by the nut.

So:
cup washer
bushing
washer with ridge up into frame hole
frame
bushing
cup washer
nut

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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Ok so stupid me I out my upper and lower control arms on and it says to go ahead and put the shock in.... Well my holes for the lower mount my control arm are not lining up with the shock holes. I have global west control arms btw.... Thanks
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

The nuts on the lower control arm are not on the center line of the hole the shock gets inserted into?
Maybe turn the shock 180?

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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

I had to jack the shock up to try and line up the holes. I got one screw in but the other just wouldnt go in. After an hour I gave up....Ill try again later.
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Everett Ziptide the shock compressed so I could work with it. I cant get the holes to line up. I get one screw in but cant even try to work the tip of the other bolt in. I have global west arms.....Frustrating
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Ok so I took a shock and matched it up with my stock control arm....the holes line up perfect! But on my Global west they do not.
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

This is on a '68 Camaro, correct? I'd call GW and make sure you got the right part for your car...

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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Yeah Ill do that on monday. Actually I ordered through Matts Classic Bowties.......This just drives me nuts. Usually Im doing something wrong but when I hold the shock up to the stock control arms it lines up just fine. Something told me to line some of this stuff up first but I figured I got the right stuff.
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

Did a search and found this thread......

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ht=shock+mount

Apparently GLOBAL WESTs Lower arms wont with bilsteins....
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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

From bottom to top, the order of assy for the Bilsteins is:

1) The thick dark colored washer
2) Bushing
3) Thin 'centering' washer
4) Frame
5) Bushing
6) Zinc washer
7) Locking nut

Again, this is the order, bottom to top since this is the order parts are installed.

Good luck!

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Re: Bilstein front shock install question

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Did a search and found this thread......

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ht=shock+mount

Apparently GLOBAL WESTs Lower arms wont with bilsteins....

Most shocks have the ends of the tie bar slotted (open ended), Bilstein is one of the oddballs. It won't hurt to just grind the ends open more. Many people use regular shocks that come with slotted tie bars for stock width mount with the GW arms.

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