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    Afternoon people, just received some B6 front shocks for S2, the instructions show a plastic collar that goes between the gland nut and the top of the shock which holds the bottom of the bellows cover in place but I did not get any with the shocks, also did not receive a gland nut tool which I assumed would come with them.

    Anybody shed any light on this.

    Cheers.

  • #2
    The collar is only supplied/used for BMW models, you need to order the tool separately.

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    • #3
      Ok, thanks for quick reply, I wont kick off at the suppliers then!

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      • #4
        You don't get a tool either - they will happily sell you one for silly money for what is a flimsy pressed steel affair. I made my own.

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          • #6
            Thanks for that Steve, will be doing same.

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            • #7
              What I would say is that if I was making another one; I wouldn't pick a Swan neck spanner if I had a choice, it seems to cause a little difficulty with keeping the tool flat on the gland nut as you are applying load slightly off centre. A normal large old spanner would be better. I'd also say grind a little bit at a time... The torque is quite high in these nuts and a slightly slack fit will lead to it jumping out of the notches. Don't ask how I know that grind, check, grind check, grind check

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                • #9
                  Steve,

                  Perhaps the Bilstein wrench mod photos I've added here (see post #2 at link) will give you an idea how you might keep yours (brilliant effort BTW) flat and engaged in use:


                  Link > Bilstein into MacPherson
                  Last edited by Lago Blue; 15th July 2018, 11:19.

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                  • #10
                    Top tip! Having drilled the drain hole in strut, I hope it will be some years till I need to remove the dampers again but for sure I shall remember your pic - simple but effective.

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                    • #11
                      Great write up Lago Blue, read it when you first posted but good to see it again, some very useful tips. Cheers

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