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    Hi everyone, I recently had a B12 kit fitted, To begin with the ride was nice and firm with little body roll but as time as gone by it seems to of got quite spongy as if the shocks are hardly working, Also the ride height lowered considerably and I don't mean compared to stock I mean after Installation over a month, Not just a bit but at least 20-25 mm if not a bit more.

    I Read somewhere that you are supposed to pump the shocks 10 times or something before fitting them, Is this true as I didn't fit them my mechanic did

    Any help would be great as I've searched the Internet with no joy.
     
     

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    cant see priming them will make any difference to the ride height.
    the ride height of the car is governed by the springs anyway...shocks make no difference unless they are considerably shorter than stock.
    what springs are you running?
    are any of your suspension bushes still stock or did you powerflex them all?
    what condition are the anti roll bar drop links in?...any rattles?
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    B12 kits are springs and dampers - onces fitted and driven about the extra lowering is usually 5-10mm.

    As 328mark said its the springs that do the ride height - you may have the wrong kit for the car, do you have a part number? I can check the catelogue at work for you.

    Bushes shouldn't make any odds to ride height but will give a lack of feel to the car if worn. Either Powerflex as mentioned or Superpro (superpro are a little better nowadays)

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    I'm 99.9% sure it's the right kit (SE58120) Bought from Larkspeed.co.uk with the Powerflex Kit.
    When I had the B12 kit fitted I also had the full powerflex kit, rear mcabrio e46 top mounts and standard lemforder fronts,z3 reinforcement plates for the rear and new lemforder anti roll links, So basically thats why I'm some what confused to why every corner, the car is wallowing around while going over mild bumps and going round corners, not even fast the whole front end leans over.

    Like I said before it's weird because it was solid as a rock for the first month minimal roll and now it's happening to all four corners of the car, which in my mind rules out a defect shock/spring and I can only assume that because this has happened over time it might of been very important to prime these gas mono-tube shocks.

    I can't even find a UK telephone number to ring and am still waiting for an email reply from one of their Germany Email addresses :(
     
     

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    have you had the wheels off recently?
    might be an idea to check the drop links haven't snapped due to the lowered stance (only needs one to go and the whole balance of the car is gone)
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    hmm seem to be correct:

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    Strange one mate, see if you can spot anything broken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobfromEssex View Post
    Hi everyone, I recently had a B12 kit fitted, To begin with the ride was nice and firm with little body roll but as time as gone by it seems to of got quite spongy as if the shocks are hardly working, Also the ride height lowered considerably and I don't mean compared to stock I mean after Installation over a month, Not just a bit but at least 20-25 mm if not a bit more.

    I Read somewhere that you are supposed to pump the shocks 10 times or something before fitting them, Is this true as I didn't fit them my mechanic did

    Any help would be great as I've searched the Internet with no joy.
    Hi
    i have a Bilstein B12 kit fitted to my 2004 compact never heard of pumping shocks before fitting would have no effect on ride height anyway !The ride height & damping has not changed from the day they were fitted about 4 years ago & 30K miles.Was told H&R springs were used.
    I think this is the best mod.i have carried out to my compact,think you have got some duff springs,Bilstein is quality kit as the price denotes,suggest you contact your supplier.
    Regards Chas
     
     

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