Don't need to remove brakes. On my E46, I had to remove the sway-endlinks, not sure if your E36 has it. Otherwise, if I remember, you remove the bottom bolt of the strut, one in the middle that connects to the sway link, and there's like 3-bolts at the shock tower that you have to remove as well. That should drop the whole unit off of your car.
As for the rear, you remove the top (where the rear shock mount is) and bottom bolt. You'll have to push the trailing arm (forgot the proper term) down and yank the spring out; should be easier since it's probably a shorter spring than OEM.
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Last edited by 330DTM; 05-24-2009 at 05:51 PM.