Bilstein rear dampers - fooled?
Hi folks, I hope all is well and everyone is able to enjoy the sunshine!
So I contacted Bilstein online asking if they sold their B6 Escort rear dampers in Australia and who would sell them. They kindly had one of their dealers contact me - whom in turn were great to deal with.
I let the gent know that I had a standard 2 door mk1 escort etc, and the deal was sealed. They arrived the next day and I went to install them. I then noticed the packing note specified they were a pair of VW Beetle HD rear dampers with the part number B46-0032. I jumped online and checked the part number across a few UK Escort part suppliers and they all had B46-0773 listed as the Escort part.
I re-contacted the store I bought them from, and mentioned this asking if it was perhaps a packing error. He kindly took my details, said he would contact the supplier and get back to me, which he did soon after.
He mentioned that they were slightly better than the Escort damper and a more suitable valve setup for the escort. He then mentioned that the supplier advised that if the bolt didn't fit the inner diameters of the ferrules, to simply drill them out to fit.
So today, I went outside to fit them with this advise. I removed the old Munros and went to install the Bilsteins. But before doing anything I took measurements.
Here's what I found:
There is a length difference between the two units of 1.5".
The upper ferrule is slightly undersized, there would be enough meat for me to drill this out a tad.
The lower ferrule inner diameter (where it mounts to the leaf spring bracket) is significantly undersized, drilling this out would result in the complete removal of the ferrule and perhaps even part of the rubber bushing.
So...my question is, has anyone else had this issue? Because to me, alarm bells ring with warranties and perhaps a reflection on the retail mentality of Sell Whats Available Today. Due to my working experience in mining/manufacturing and now rolling stock....when Germans build something to a spec - be it Liebherr, Kuka or Siemens...it fits as its been engineered to, and you'd never ghetto modify it.