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Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:32 PM
Amazing how such a smal thing can make a change, I took the car for a ride after I was done, and the car definatly felt more...."solid on the road", pretty glad I installed new RSM's

Still have a sqeeking sound in the back thought...think it might be a worn shock.

1/14 Pull out boot carpet

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:34 PM
2/14 - Unscrew and unclip piece of plastic

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:36 PM
3/14 - Pull out side carpet, give it a slight yank to get it out.

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:38 PM
4/14 - Side carpet off revealing a 2nd carpet, looks like a sound damping carpet to me.

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:41 PM
5/14 - Remove sound dampening carpet to reveal shock mount. Notice new shock mount next to it.

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:43 PM
6/14 - un-screw the two bolts holding the shock mount to the shock tower ("strut tower")

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:46 PM
7/14 - Shock is loose ;)

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:49 PM
8/14 - To remove shock completly the bolt at the bottom of the shock needs to be removed. Quite hard to get loose*sad*

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:51 PM
9/14 - Shock finally completly out *par-t*

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:53 PM
10/14 - Shock free wheel well

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:56 PM
11/14 - Clamp onto the top of the pin sticking out and undo the bolt holding the shock mount on the shock.

Phazer
03-01-2004, 04:58 PM
12/14 - shock mount off lying next to the soon to be fitted new shock mount

Phazer
03-01-2004, 05:00 PM
13/14 - Clean the shock while it's out *th-up*

Phazer
03-01-2004, 05:02 PM
14/14 - re-install shock with new shock mount.

Now just do the same for the other side.

thinair
03-01-2004, 05:09 PM
Good job, nice write up with pics.

Just a couple random questions. You have a carpet in your garage, or do you fix your car in the living room? And what kind of spare tire is that, I've never seen one like it?

Soldo
03-01-2004, 05:13 PM
I have a carpet in my garage too, just to make it easier for me to crawl under the car, i only put it down when i'm working on the car on NON-MESSY applications!
(ie. Brakes, suspension, stuff that usually doesn't require liquids!)

Great write up!

Phazer
03-01-2004, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by thinair
Good job, nice write up with pics.

Just a couple random questions. You have a carpet in your garage, or do you fix your car in the living room? And what kind of spare tire is that, I've never seen one like it?

Hehehe...it's a old carpet that I wanted to throw out, but I decided to put keep it, so I dumped it on the garage floor, and now my BMW parks on it. Keep's her warm during the winter ;)

Phazer
03-01-2004, 05:37 PM
Originally posted by SOLDOMATIC 325i
I have a carpet in my garage too, just to make it easier for me to crawl under the car, i only put it down when i'm working on the car on NON-MESSY applications!
(ie. Brakes, suspension, stuff that usually doesn't require liquids!)

Great write up!

Yeah that's one of the reason's I have a carpet in the garage aswell, I got tired of washing up the floor where oil spills etc. happend.

Phazer
03-01-2004, 05:42 PM
thinair forgot to add, the spare wheel is a normal mag with tyre on upside down in the boot with a plastic covering on the inside of the wheel. Car came with it.

WASABI
03-01-2004, 06:16 PM
Nice write up ! Looks simple enough. I'll definitely be checking this thread when I do my new suspension setup.

thinair
03-01-2004, 09:42 PM
Originally posted by Phazer
thinair forgot to add, the spare wheel is a normal mag with tyre on upside down in the boot with a plastic covering on the inside of the wheel. Car came with it.

So the wheel is steel or aluminum, and what size?

That's handy to put stuff in there without damaging the wheel. (like rags, windshield cleaner, misc bolts/parts, etc...)

Alwysfresh
03-01-2004, 11:37 PM
Nice write up. Question for you...how did you know you had to replace them? My back end feels a little more squirrelly than I remember it, but I'm not sure if I'm just imagining things...wondering if that might be it.

Justin e36
03-01-2004, 11:39 PM
nice write-up... how'd you know your shock mounts needed replacing? ... what were the symptoms? ... I'm thinking mine may need to be done..

Phazer
03-02-2004, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by thinair
So the wheel is steel or aluminum, and what size?

That's handy to put stuff in there without damaging the wheel. (like rags, windshield cleaner, misc bolts/parts, etc...)

It's a normal aluminum mag, size is the standard 15" that e36's came with.

Phazer
03-02-2004, 11:54 AM
Originally posted by Alwysfresh
Nice write up. Question for you...how did you know you had to replace them? My back end feels a little more squirrelly than I remember it, but I'm not sure if I'm just imagining things...wondering if that might be it.

I had a sqeeking coming from the back of my car close to the wheel well everytime I went over a speed bump or cornered hard. Told Gizmo about it at a party, he suggested I should look at my rear shock mounts, so I did and it seem's that was the problem.