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    BX strut tops don't seem to get as much air time as their cousins, but I can now recommend checking them for signs of degradation.

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    Ohh, head lamp protectors!

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    Indeed. The number plate says it all - YBX? I put it down to a prototype design which they perfected in the early Xantias.

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    I thought the BX was immune from the Xantia/XM strut issue. Obviously I am wrong - again
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    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    Ohh, head lamp protectors!
    Not sure, but might have a spare set lying around if you're interested.

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    Hmmmmm,

    Just as well I have most of our ones that are resting sitting up on blocks at the moment. I seem to remember a very sad video shot of one of the Bathurst BX 16V limping back to the pits with headlights hanging out and possibly strut tops popped as well. It didn't seem to have much steerage at the time in fact I think it jumped over a guardrail. Very sad. I must go looking for that sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken W View Post
    Hmmmmm,

    Just as well I have most of our ones that are resting sitting up on blocks at the moment. I seem to remember a very sad video shot of one of the Bathurst BX 16V limping back to the pits with headlights hanging out and possibly strut tops popped as well. It didn't seem to have much steerage at the time in fact I think it jumped over a guardrail. Very sad. I must go looking for that sometime.

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    IIRC that may have happened as the car was modified with two accumulator spheres and the thread for the mounting of one of them shattered and hence all pressure was lost instantly so as the car came into the pits the only suspension left was the bump stops.
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    Bump stops rock when ya struts go pop.
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    The vid Ken W mentioned in action:


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeRob View Post
    BX strut tops don't seem to get as much air time as their cousins, but I can now recommend checking them for signs of degradation.

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    I replaced my strut tops with brand new items late last year. It was part of a complete front end and engine rebuild. The ones that came out showed little wear, but the problem with elastomerics is that there can be damage that is not apparent to the eye. Anyway, these new ones should last for a long time.
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    Where did you get the new ones Michael? Citroen?

    Also I wish you had a project thread for us to drool over?

    Please tell me you too pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael16v View Post
    I replaced my strut tops with brand new items late last year. It was part of a complete front end and engine rebuild. The ones that came out showed little wear, but the problem with elastomerics is that there can be damage that is not apparent to the eye. Anyway, these new ones should last for a long time.
    Would very much appreciate details of where you sourced them and how much. I've sent a message to a company in Estonia, but as of 2012 they said they don't do BX struts. Still waiting for a reply on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    Where did you get the new ones Michael? Citroen?

    Also I wish you had a project thread for us to drool over?

    Please tell me you too pictures?
    Like most long term BX owners, I hoard parts. I purchased these about 5-6 years ago. Never used them as I got hold of some good used ones. They were from Citroen by Warren who was working at McLeod's in Unanderra at the time. I figured they would come in handy one day I recall Warren saying at the time that these were probably close to the last ones available.
    I have some pictures, I took some "before" pictures so I could check where parts had to go back
    The car goes on a dyno tomorrow to get a look at the engine performance

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    That was good foresight, I think I have the rear torsion bar mounting rubbers but I need to find some strut tops to really complete my parts hoard.

    Best of luck with the rollers tomorrow!

    I would also love to see a picture story of your car sometime; pop it in the projects section if you have the time to put together a thread.

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    Hi All,

    I received a message back from elastomer.eu overnight - they now offer refurbishment of BX strut tops, so I'll be sending 4 over. Is anyone else interested in turning it into a group order? I am awaiting a price per strut and will advise if there is any interest.

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    Sounds good, keep us updated.

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    (Finally) got a reply from these guys overnight asking me to email them for the details. Just done so, hopefully their communication over email is faster than facebook. I'll post their reply once it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeRob View Post
    BX strut tops don't seem to get as much air time as their cousins, but I can now recommend checking them for signs of degradation.

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    Thanks for your valuable contribution Scotty...

    I've heard back from Elastomer, breakdown is as follows:

    Cost per strut:

    100 EU each for up to 4
    95 EU each for 6
    90 EU each for 8

    Quoted workshop time is up to 2 weeks, so looking at roughly 4 weeks all up.

    Shipping from Lithuania to AUS:

    4 struts - 76 EU
    6 struts - 114 EU
    8 struts - 140 EU

    Figures obviously don't include outbound shipping.

    Presumably they would also do Xantia/XM strut tops and cost would be similar. I'll check this point.

    I plan to send 4 tops over, so each extra participant can take advantage of the reduced prices. Costs to be divided per pair of struts and levied after struts are sent so outbound shipping is calculated.

    PM me if you would like to get in on a group order and I'll advise my address for you to ship to.

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    Prompt reply this time - XM and Xantia strut tops are 80 Euro each, but they are heavier than BX tops, so postage would be more.

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    Looks like noone is interested, at least on this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBN View Post
    Indeed. The number plate says it all - YBX? I put it down to a prototype design which they perfected in the early Xantias.

    John
    Hi John,beg to differ.The early struts let go a la bx;replaced mine with the later model ones as a precaution;they're different,Andy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alhantos View Post
    Hi John,beg to differ.The early struts let go a la bx;replaced mine with the later model ones as a precaution;they're different,Andy.

    I see today that Denton at European Autocare, Penrith has some new BX struts in stock.

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