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Has anyone replaced the Bilstein in the Continental units?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by sorka, May 18, 2016.

  1. sorka

    sorka Active Member

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    My pre april 2015 P85D has very stiff compression dampening. Has anyone replaced these with other Bilsteins or adjustable units? Since the tower doesn't allow access to the tops the shocks, adjustable units would have to have remove actuators.
     
  2. Edmond

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    You can't replace the shock, they're pressed into the air spring. It's a unit, and the shock is what's at issue. We have 1030608-01-A and post-April they're 1030608-01-C. You can always buy new -C's... they're only $500 each, lol.

    No, Continental or Bilstein won't sell us the unit as Tesla puts them together. And I haven't been able to locate either part#.

    I've decided to not do this as our suspension is truly something special. Someday it'll be sought-after.
     
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  3. sorka

    sorka Active Member

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    What about re-valving the shock in place? I know they're pressed in in, but people upgrade other airsprings that also have Bilstein shocks pressed in as well. Any good suspension shop should easily be able to take one of these apart.
     

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