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    Bosch condensers

    I just received a BMW Group condenser (made in Turkey) from a California BMW shop. While it may be fine in electrical terms, it's "form factor" leaves a lot to be desired.

    The tangs of the "clamp" will not compress together requiring a longer screw be substituted. Even then, when tightened, the mounting screw hits the clamp of the condenser causing it to not seat correctly unless "blue torqued" ... a procedure I never use on my old Airhead.

    I didn't realize it was not a Bosch part when I opened the plastic bag, so I'm stuck with a $16 part that I can't use. When ordering, I specifically requested Noris points, I guess I should have specifically requested a Bosch condenser.

    So, WHO has the real-deal, HTFG, Bosch condensers?



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    James.A
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    Lew, the last time I ordered an ignition set from MAXBMW the parts came in boxes labelled "Made in Austria". That's gotta be about as close as you might find.
    I ordered a point set last year from RE-Pscycle, "Made in China".

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    Yeah, that's pretty much what I've discovered this morning too James.

    I talked with the guys a BenchMark and they were more than a little surprised that these "new" condensers don't fit unless you do a little re-enga-neering on them. The "fix" appears to be a washer, or two, placed between the mounting tangs, and a longer screw; so the clamp doesn't distort. There isn't much room for a locking washer, so a tiny dab of Loctite Blue may be the answer... grrr The real fix would be if the #$%@! clamp were formed correctly to start with.

    I really don't give a rat's tucus if the parts bags reads BMW Group on it, I would very much prefer that it read Bosch.
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