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Disassembly of W211 front airmatic strut

Old 05-01-2019, 03:03 AM
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Disassembly of W211 front airmatic strut

I have bad upper shock mounts inside both of my front airmatic struts and since I like to tinker I don't want to go the easy route of buying 2 complete struts for 800euro each. (ok,I'm cheap also....)
The shock mounts can be bought for 10eur so that's under control. (marked "x")

What I would like to ask and have some input on is how the struts are put together, On the shock tube there seem to be some kind of mount or body which the air bellow is in turn crimped on with a steel ring, but how is that body held onto the shock tube?
Will it take an act of god?

If that can be removed easily I don't have to mess with the airbellow but if it is impossible to remove and install I have to cut the steel ring holding the air bellow and crimp on a new.
I have measured and it can be done in the hose crimping machine my local hydraulic shop has.
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