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      03-16-2016, 11:28 PM   #1
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HELP lost bit in tophat

So I'm installing my coilovers and everything's fine..I get to the top hat where the shock sits in the trunk on the passenger side rear and i drop a hex head drill bit down in what i think went into the tunnel where the 1 arrow is but it may have gone into the tunnel where the 2 arrow is.
I fished in both tunnels with a magnetic pick-up tool but no luck.

Anyone have an idea of how to retrieve it?

Also i drive an e92 335is
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      03-17-2016, 02:20 PM   #2
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      03-17-2016, 03:09 PM   #3
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Only thing I can suggest is remove the top bolt and bushing. That should give you access to the bolt that dropped hopefully.
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Only thing I can suggest is remove the top bolt and bushing. That should give you access to the bolt that dropped hopefully.
Hey thanks for getting back to me, but what would that help? If the bit fell threw those holes..forgive me if thats a dumb question
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Only thing I can suggest is remove the top bolt and bushing. That should give you access to the bolt that dropped hopefully.
If I understand correctly the bit did not fell into the mount socket so removing the mount will not do anything.
OP you can try flexible magnet
https://www.grainger.com/product/WES...e-Magnet-4FPV5
But I would just move on and forget about it.
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Only thing I can suggest is remove the top bolt and bushing. That should give you access to the bolt that dropped hopefully.
If I understand correctly the bit did not fell into the mount socket so removing the mount will not do anything.
OP you can try flexible magnet
https://www.grainger.com/product/WES...e-Magnet-4FPV5
But I would just move on and forget about it.
Yes you understood correctly [IMG][/IMG] these are the tunnels i am talking about. Say i do leave it in there could it cause damage to something?
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I did the exact same thing and spent about 15 seconds looking for it. Then I said f it and moved on.
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I did the exact same thing and spent about 15 seconds looking for it. Then I said f it and moved on.
haha i knew i couldn't be the only one, damn idk i feel like its gonna bug me
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Say i do leave it in there could it cause damage to something?
No it will not hurt anything. You could try the flex magnet but honestly it would be a better time used working on other mods.
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haha i knew i couldn't be the only one, damn idk i feel like its gonna bug me
Well, this is how you gain experience. next time you will stuff openings like that with either rugs or paper.
If this bugs you just remember to ask for $5 extra when you sell the car
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Did the same thing but, it was the milled aluminum piece for my Dinan Shock mount - before we knew there was a Monroe alternative for less $$...

If you remove the wheel well liner there are some body plugs you can remove that will let you fish with your magnet down in the bowels of that body cavity. Unfortunately in my case a magnet did me no good. I did finally retrieve it after allot of bad words and some serious puzzling and ingenuity.

Anyway, fishing via the body plugs is the way to go - trying to get a magnet in from the top and down along the arch of the steel wheel well is no bueno...

Good luck!
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Well, this is how you gain experience. next time you will stuff openings like that with either rugs or paper.
If this bugs you just remember to ask for $5 extra when you sell the car
lmao i could care less about the bit! just the piece of mind that its there... i ordered a new flex magnet from amazon that is just about the skinniest/longest you can buy hopefully that will do the trick
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Did the same thing but, it was the milled aluminum piece for my Dinan Shock mount - before we knew there was a Monroe alternative for less $$...

If you remove the wheel well liner there are some body plugs you can remove that will let you fish with your magnet down in the bowels of that body cavity. Unfortunately in my case a magnet did me no good. I did finally retrieve it after allot of bad words and some serious puzzling and ingenuity.

Anyway, fishing via the body plugs is the way to go - trying to get a magnet in from the top and down along the arch of the steel wheel well is no bueno...

Good luck!
thanks! that's what i was thinking, i guess if the new magnet i ordered doesn't work on the top this is what i'll have to resort to
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Lol I have TWO in there, 6mm and 7mm (wasn't sure which one to use at first and ended up dropping both). I was worried about rattling noises at first but nothing that I can hear from the cabin.
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Lol I have TWO in there, 6mm and 7mm (wasn't sure which one to use at first and ended up dropping both). I was worried about rattling noises at first but nothing that I can hear from the cabin.
seems to be a pretty common mistake haha hopefully I'll get this thing out and share the procedure
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Lol I have TWO in there, 6mm and 7mm (wasn't sure which one to use at first and ended up dropping both). I was worried about rattling noises at first but nothing that I can hear from the cabin.
seems to be a pretty common mistake haha hopefully I'll get this thing out and share the procedure
Thanks. Which reminds me: I need to buy and replace the two bits in the borrowed set
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Lol I have TWO in there, 6mm and 7mm (wasn't sure which one to use at first and ended up dropping both). I was worried about rattling noises at first but nothing that I can hear from the cabin.
seems to be a pretty common mistake haha hopefully I'll get this thing out and share the procedure
Thanks. Which reminds me: I need to buy and replace the two bits in the borrowed set
Well i got it out! Bought this on amazon

V-8 Tools Mighty Worm Magnetic Pickup Tool (V8T3826) Category: Magnetic Retrievers https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002YKNOLQ..._yRw8wbCRJR2KN

And it took less than 5 minutes to fish out
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Yes you understood correctly [IMG][/IMG] these are the tunnels i am talking about. Say i do leave it in there could it cause damage to something?
I misunderstood. I forgot about the black holes that this car has.

Glad you got it out though.
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lmao, the top adjustment knob to my shock fell down one of those unbeknownst to me. F it, hasn't made any noise
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