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      01-08-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Question quick strut question

I have an E90 with sport package. recently i hit a curb and my left front strut is bent and needs replacement. BMW recommends changing struts in pairs per each axle. what would happened if I change just the bent one? would it be a difference in ride height, handling, comfort, stiffness? car has 35000 miles. everything will be done through my insurance. you guys thing insurance should/would cover both struts? thank you
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I have an E90 with sport package. recently i hit a curb and my left front strut is bent and needs replacement. BMW recommends changing struts in pairs per each axle. what would happened if I change just the bent one? would it be a difference in ride height, handling, comfort, stiffness? car has 35000 miles. everything will be done through my insurance. you guys thing insurance should/would cover both struts? thank you
Most if not all twin tubes fade over time, so the new one will be slightly stiffer but at 35K I think you can get away buying just one strut. You're maybe half way through the strut's lifetime.

If you want to save money, buy OEM replacement Sachs, or Bilstein B4. They're much cheaper than the original BMW part, and they're exactly the same or better.
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do you know where I should buy them from?
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do you know where I should buy them from?
Tisched BMW is very popular on this forum: http://www.getbmwparts.com
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do you know where I should buy them from?
You mean the OEM shocks? pelicanparts.com, turnermotorsport.com, bavauto.com, etc.
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