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Old 06-14-2019, 08:21 AM   #1
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Touring Strut Housing Size

Just picked up my 1989 318i touring last week and started to change the struts on it for some Konis. I read on the forums that the late model E30s were equipped with the larger strut housing, but when the 51mm strut was definitely not sliding into the strut housing once I had it off the car. Ended up just putting the springs up front, and now I'm trying to exchange the struts.

Can anybody else confirm that the tourings have a smaller strut housing?
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:19 PM   #2
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I believe it's 4 cyl vs. 6 cyl, not touring vs. other E30. Check RealOEM. I think you will see that tourings with M20 engines have the same (larger) strut housings as USA cars. The 4 cyl tourings have smaller struts.

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Old 06-23-2019, 12:30 PM   #3
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Before Sept 89 production 318i models have the 45mm strut housing, which is annoying. Technically, it is a late model, but BMW decided to put the smaller struts (which only came on M10 E30s in the US) on M40 powered tourings. All other tourings got the 51mm struts.
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