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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:52 am

Trutrack or quadrant ^^^
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:56 am

Tradewind wrote:What sort of useful life are people seeing from the Bilstein shocks

Are they stuffed after 140 000 km or what is the typical life .........


Wheel power state 100K on their eBay page.
Mine are fine at 160K - damping under control but I'd still go for rebuild/revalveing pending results after the rsb is fitted :D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby norbs » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:09 pm

Jacked up the car. Then using another jack, raised and lowered the strut. Can't be 100% sure but sounds like either the Koni or the top hat is shagged. Only makes the sound when I lower the jack i.e unweight the suspension. I think it's time for shock rebuild. Will have to book it in with Trutrack.
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:39 pm

Did you tighten the top nut up? Hold the shaft from rotating with an Allen key and do the nut up with a ring spanner... :D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby norbs » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:06 am

Yeah, nut is tight. But I didn't try it unweighted. No probs, booked it in with Trutrac so hopefully they can sort it out.
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:21 pm

In good hands and looking forward to the analysis :D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby wazza » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:37 am

I'm still dealing with the annoying knocking noise after trying to tighten the strut insert bolt. Looking like new Bilsteins are the way to go...that or a new car! :D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby norbs » Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:13 am

Well Ralph at Truetrack sorted it out. Happened to be the upper bearing in the strut. Fronts sent of to Koni for service ($135 each). Ralph also went over everything and re-did the alignment. I asked him to back the fronts off as the car was too sharp and tracking. Rear toe was farked apparently (alignment done by last tyre place I went to :twisted: ). Car handles bloody brilliant now !!! Big thumbs up to Truetrack :-D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:22 am

Sensational! :D
What alignment settings were backed off?
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby norbs » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:28 am

bigBADbenny wrote:Sensational! :D
What alignment settings were backed off?


Not sure I didn't ask. I said to him it tracked too much so he said that he can tune that out to a degree. I'm assuming it's camber and toe/in out.
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby Fergitron » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:20 pm

Has anyone had this on a standard GT? - my Wagon has done 114k and has just started making a noise in Drivers side front. happens when suspension is under load turning left and while braking if the car goes over a small bump? - any thoughts or help appreciated?? :?
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:38 pm

Top bearing is common but it can be anything related to the front steering & suspension system :D
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby Fergitron » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:41 pm

Any easy way to tell if its the bearing? thanks
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby Fergitron » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:44 pm

I have checked the suspension all seems good- CV is leaking a bit of grease but not too bad (both inner boots) while driving noise sounds like its in the drivers side
shock tower only if the CV were gone I should get noise both sides - right?
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Re: Bilstein: knocking noise from the front suspension

Postby bigBADbenny » Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:57 pm

Maybe jack the front drivers side and lift/jerk the wheel upwards?

But you'd probably have remove the strut in order to decompress/remove the spring from the strut to properly check...

I have a leaking inner boot, no clicking (yet)... Best to wrap those up if not fixing anytime soon...
My local driveshaft shop will do the boot for $50 if self removed/ reinstalled.
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