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started to fit bilstein b 12 suspension kit tonight. on removal of original shocks the near side shock was missing the rubber that the spring sits on which is a half circle shape. never noticed any noise or performance issues with the car so wondered if this rubber is required.had a look tonight online and can't find any available.does anyone on here have a spare lying around there workshop by any chance
 

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I always thought the shim was made from zinc but I have not stripped down an SLK strut, so maybe over time they have changed to rubber.
Surely though you could make one from a scrap of hard rubber (or zinc)? Its only purpose is to cushion the end of the spring to stop it digging into the cup, so not a critical component as such.
 
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