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Old 09-11-2012, 08:25 AM   #1
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I just bought a set of Bilstein sports for my viggen, after receiving them I realized there is supposed to be a special wrench to install them that you can get from Bilstein. The post that I read said they would ship for free, however when I called customer service I was charged about $ 5.00 for the tool. Also the shipping will take a week to come from California. Not a big deal I just thought I would share my experience to benefit someone else.
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I just bought a set of Bilstein sports for my viggen, after receiving them I realized there is supposed to be a special wrench to install them that you can get from Bilstein. The post that I read said they would ship for free, however when I called customer service I was charged about $ 5.00 for the tool. Also the shipping will take a week to come from California. Not a big deal I just thought I would share my experience to benefit someone else.
It's an allen key....6mm IIRC. Use the key or an impact driver.
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No, he's talking about for the macpherson struts. There's a ring that locks the insert into the strut assembly.
I just used a pipe-wrench. It beats up the ring a good bit, but it does just as well.
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It is a ring with two slots in it....I had nothing on hand that would fit it so I made a tool out of a big piece of lumber with a hole the size of the ring bored into it. I then marked where the slots were on the ring and put two bolts through the sides of the lumber. I used plenty of red loctite and so far, after 5kmiles and a year or so of driving HARD it seems OKAY.
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i just use a big pipe wrench

something like this

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I used a set of channel locks
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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thanks for all the suggestions, much appreciated I actually borrowed a tool from a buddy of mine to adjust the suspension on his Harley that was very similar to a bilstein tool. The main reason for my post was that i saw a lot of feedback that the tool was free from bilstein you just had to ask for it and they would ship it next day. That was not my experience and I thought it would be good to share.
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