Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?


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    Question Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Finally got around to installing my 3rd FR mag shock today and observed some differences in the Delphi vs BWI manufactured Audi Magnetic Shocks.

    The design of the Delphi manufactured AMR shocks look much sturdier with thick aluminum spring collars top and bottom while the BWI lower spring collar appears to be a thinner painted metal collar with a longer sleeve.

    BWI (BeijingWest Industries Co., Ltd.) has modified the AMR shocks after it acquired Delphi in 2009 but the new design AMR shocks do not appear to be more reliable.

    My observation is that the Delphi mag shocks are better. The first front pair of my failed Delphi shocks leaked so badly, they looked like they were dipped in oil, yet they continued to absorbed all bumps and never bottom out. Dampening felt softer, but worked fine and even continued to firm up in Sports mode.

    On the other hand, my front BWI shock hardly has any oil leak and yet kept bottoming out over the slightest bumps. As the photos show, the BWI shock looks almost dry. They were removed from the car and not wiped clean before the photos were taken.

    My advise is, if your Delphi made shocks fail, don't discard them so quickly. Try to repair or "regenerate" them with the Magnetic shock refurbishment services available.

    I have lost faith in both the Delphi and BWI AMR shocks and will change to the non mag ride shocks once they fail again.

    Anyone know which company manufactures the non mag standard, Plus or GT shocks? Cheers.

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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Bilstein makes both the GT and V10 Plus shocks exclusively for Audi
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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    I regret not switching to the non mag Plus shocks when I had to replace both my front mags.

    Thanks for sending out the replacement so quickly Osman. Appreciate your excellent service as always. Cheers.
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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Is the ride height on the facelift V10+ shocks different (lower) than the mag ride ones?

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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTS View Post
    Is the ride height on the facelift V10+ shocks different (lower) than the mag ride ones?

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    Ride height is slightly higher at the rear than stock. V10 Plus has a raked stance to make better use of the front tires.
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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    So BWI is from China???? Yikes ! AMR is Audi Mag Ride I presume....

    My local dealer here says few R8s have needed struts.... hmmm..

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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    BWI (Beijing West Industries Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese company which bought up the Delphi suspension division back in 2009. It seems BWI subsequently changed the hardware design of the magnetic shocks specifically designed for the AMR (Audi Mag Ride).

    Whether this was a cost cutting measure or attempt to improve the reliability is uncertain. I only know my brand new front BWI AMR shock FAILED within 2 years with less than 15k km.

    Seems the Delphi made shocks are sturdier. Cheers.
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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Had my mag ride replaced a few months ago. When it arrived, noticed the difference. The BWI as mentioned seems to have a thinner spring support whilst the Delphi is made of what looked like cast iron?(not sure) but definitely sturdier. Hope the set will carry me for quite a while before the infamous leak starts. Kept the original set for possible refurbishment. Anyone used the service yet?
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    Re: Delphi or BWI Audi Magnetic Ride shocks more reliable?

    Btw Howie, did you hit anything that could cause the damage?
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