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    #16
    so how was the ride with the stock strut mount and the GC/Koni setup?

    I need to check my Konis to see what size the top nut is, and also need to find the collars, but I think already... fun surprises. thanks for making this thread
    Simon
    Current Car:
    -2003 Mini Cooper R50 (daily)
    -2002 MR2 Spyder (project)
    Previous Car Count : 24 ... and climbing...

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      #17
      Craftsman socket are overly thick. Other name brands tend to be thinner and fit fine. I have an off-brand set of deep wells that fit as well. Just have to find a socket that is slimmer, or buy one and turn/grind it down to fit.

      Oh, and the wrench they were talking about was probably something like this:



      This allows you to get an hex wrench in there to hold the strut shaft from turning. Technically you aren't supposed to use an impact, but I always have and haven't had an issue. :shrug:

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        #18
        I measured way back in the day, not even a thin wall socket is going to fit in this situation. The opening is just too small no mater what you do to tighten that 22mm top nut using the stock top mounts.



        2Man, had no complaints with the set up at all. Eventually I did pick up a set of GC camber plates though. Really the only reason I picked them up was for the simple reason that the camber plates lower your car an additional 12mm in comparison to the normal top mounts (well plus you can adjust the camber to get a little less tire wear).





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          #19
          But with Camber plates versus the regular strut mounts aren’t you introduced a lot more noise and road feel into the cabin? Makes sense to “tighten it up” for a race at but I’m aiming for a good street setup.... yes I could’ve done a spring / shock combo but my GC/ Koni coilover setup is almost the same price so why not? Plus I can fine tune the rates to perfectly suit me
          Simon
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          -2003 Mini Cooper R50 (daily)
          -2002 MR2 Spyder (project)
          Previous Car Count : 24 ... and climbing...

          Make R3V Great Again -2020

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            #20
            Just to follow up, I used Sachs upper mounts PN 31331139452. They fit a 22mm socket just fine.

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              #21
              If you read closely they are actually Boge-Sachs :)
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                #22
                Originally posted by 2mAn View Post
                But with Camber plates versus the regular strut mounts aren’t you introduced a lot more noise and road feel into the cabin? Makes sense to “tighten it up” for a race at but I’m aiming for a good street setup.... yes I could’ve done a spring / shock combo but my GC/ Koni coilover setup is almost the same price so why not? Plus I can fine tune the rates to perfectly suit me

                Nope, no noticeable difference in noise/ anything. If your looking to save a few bucks though I'd say just skip the camber plates and instead put some new top mounts in.


                Also IMO you might as well do the GC kit route over a spring/ shock set up like you said. GC is a little more money of course but it's nice you'll have the adjustment, plus you have multiple options for spring rates.


                Side note, If you don't shorten the strut housings.. make sure at the very least you cut off the stock spring perchs and weld on the GC perches. I originally assembled everything without cutting the stock perches off but it didn't lower the car enough. Pics bellow from my old coupe on OEM top hats, non shortened strut housings, and GC spring perches.








                Last edited by KIRIEIW; 03-17-2019, 11:20 PM.


                1992 M tech 2 Convertible - S50 Swap
                1992 e34 Touring- S50 Swap
                1992 325i-S50 Swap

                1995 e36 M3 Mugello Red - S50
                1991 325i Convertible Laguna Green (SOLD)
                1987 325i (SOLD);1992 M tech 2 Convertible (SOLD)
                1988 325i Convertible Alpine White (SOLD)
                1991
                Brilliantrot Convertible 80k Miles (SOLD)
                1992 325i Convertible Schwarz (SOLD)
                1992 318i Convertible Project-Finished (SOLD)

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by jeffnhiscars View Post
                  If you read closely they are actually Boge-Sachs :)

                  +1, I learned quite a bit over the years since making this thread :D.


                  1992 M tech 2 Convertible - S50 Swap
                  1992 e34 Touring- S50 Swap
                  1992 325i-S50 Swap

                  1995 e36 M3 Mugello Red - S50
                  1991 325i Convertible Laguna Green (SOLD)
                  1987 325i (SOLD);1992 M tech 2 Convertible (SOLD)
                  1988 325i Convertible Alpine White (SOLD)
                  1991
                  Brilliantrot Convertible 80k Miles (SOLD)
                  1992 325i Convertible Schwarz (SOLD)
                  1992 318i Convertible Project-Finished (SOLD)

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                    #24
                    This is an older thread but I am very happy I checked the fit of my Koni Orange STR.T inserts to my Sachs strut top mounts prior to taking the car apart.

                    Like the OP, the my Koni Orange (non adjustable) inserts use a 22mm top nut. A 22mm impact socket will not clear these Sachs brand strut mounts in which the opening is approx 31.5mm / 1.235"
                    https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...em-31331139452


                    Does anyone know if a 22mm socket will clear these Meyle strut mounts?

                    https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...-31331139452my



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                      #25
                      Just an FYI...using an impact will void your warranty....and they do seem to know when you send it in for repair.
                      Deck Lid and soft top Shocks on hand

                      Seat shocks on hand for immediate shipment
                      https://www.r3vlimited.com/board/sho...86#post4944786
                      Alice the Time Capsule
                      http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/showthread.php?t=360504
                      87 Zinno Cabrio barn find 98k and still smells like a barn. Build thread http://www.r3vlimited.com/board/show...20#post3455220

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                        #26
                        i know this thread is old but i just found it. I had a similar situation (19mm vs 22mm special socket).

                        I have the Sachs strut mounts and one of them is defective. Did you notice the strut mount wobble before you put it back in the car? I made a video here:



                        Really disappointing to be making progress and have to stop and wait on a new strut mount.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by RaabsIn513 View Post

                          Really disappointing to be making progress and have to stop and wait on a new strut mount.
                          This guy had the same problem with the Sachs mounts.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by RaabsIn513 View Post
                            i know this thread is old but i just found it. I had a similar situation (19mm vs 22mm special socket).

                            I have the Sachs strut mounts and one of them is defective. Did you notice the strut mount wobble before you put it back in the car? I made a video here:

                            Really disappointing to be making progress and have to stop and wait on a new strut mount.

                            Did you maybe misplace a washer during re-assembly? Since you need to transfer over your old washer(s) to the new top mounts/ shocks its easy to misplace one.


                            1992 M tech 2 Convertible - S50 Swap
                            1992 e34 Touring- S50 Swap
                            1992 325i-S50 Swap

                            1995 e36 M3 Mugello Red - S50
                            1991 325i Convertible Laguna Green (SOLD)
                            1987 325i (SOLD);1992 M tech 2 Convertible (SOLD)
                            1988 325i Convertible Alpine White (SOLD)
                            1991
                            Brilliantrot Convertible 80k Miles (SOLD)
                            1992 325i Convertible Schwarz (SOLD)
                            1992 318i Convertible Project-Finished (SOLD)

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by KIRIEIW View Post


                              Did you maybe misplace a washer during re-assembly? Since you need to transfer over your old washer(s) to the new top mounts/ shocks its easy to misplace one.
                              I'm confident I didn't misplace any hardware. The Koni Orange struts are a larger diameter 22mm nut vs 19mm which seems to be the reason the one washer below the strut nut didn't fit

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Vincenze View Post
                                This guy had the same problem with the Sachs mounts.
                                I recall seeing this video prior to ordering my parts. I guess I was rolling the dice.

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