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      09-01-2017, 02:59 PM   #1
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Can you help identify this piece on my strut?

Hi Guys-

Trying to find out what this thing is. Was on the strut rod on the driver's side. Part numbers on it are "548361 10" and "3133 1091697-05" which don't come up on a google search or realoem. it is marked BMW, and the struts appear to be original.

I heard tales of shipping blocks being missed upon PDI. Could this be that 10 years and 130k miles later? I only have 200 miles on the car but didn't notice any particular suspension issues.



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That's a shipping spacer. You can finally enjoy your suspension!
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That's a shipping spacer. You can finally enjoy your suspension!
Wow. Just wow. I'll check the other side for the same. Any in the back I should be looking for?

It was loose on the shaft and barely hanging on in the mess of deteriorated bellow. It certainly wasn't stopping strut compression. Would it only factor in at the limit where the strut was fully compressed? That would explain how it made it so long.
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Would it only factor in at the limit where the strut was fully compressed? That would explain how it made it so long.
Holy moly, 130k and it was I there the whole time, that's crazy. Yeah, it would only limit the last (how ever many millimeters that block) is of travel, so wouldn't be too noticeable but will definitely have a little more travel/plushness now.
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Wow. Just wow. I'll check the other side for the same. Any in the back I should be looking for?

It was loose on the shaft and barely hanging on in the mess of deteriorated bellow. It certainly wasn't stopping strut compression. Would it only factor in at the limit where the strut was fully compressed? That would explain how it made it so long.
Was this on your m2 or the 335i ?
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He said 10 year old car so I'm guessing 335.
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He said 10 year old car so I'm guessing 335.
Also said that he got only 200 miles on the car.
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Sorry been out of touch. Yes, the 335i. I bought it as a project and have done a lot of work on it so it's been on jacks a lot and that's why I've only out 200miles on it so far. I'm all but done at this point but was working on a DRL thing and had the wheel well liner off and my head in the suspension. That's when I found this shipping block.
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If that was found in the rear you would probably be up for a new bump stop
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