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Old 06-22-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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lowering my car today! help lol

Hey guys I picked up some h&r springs last night and was planning to do the job myself ! For those who have done this is there something I should know ; any special tools needed? I've lowered many cars but this is my first BMW so I'm a bit scared lol 2001 330i thanks in advance gentlemen!
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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you said you have done this before, but make sure you use the spring remover tool when removing the original springs BEFORE you unscrew the top nut of the strut. The spring is under pressure and will expand if the spring remover tool is not installed on it. depending on which springs they are and how low your going, you shouldnt need them to install the new springs on the struts.

The backs are easy just make sure you e-brake is not on while removing them or else they wont come out lol

did my own and was pretty simple but i have an e36.. pretty much the same.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:11 PM   #3
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Thanks man much appreciated ! I do have a set of spring compressors I was just worried because some cars like vw have a tool to take off the top nut. If the proper tools aren't there a job that usually takes an hour can take 5 hours and ten years of your life with all the stress you went through lol
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:29 PM   #4
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I don't know how to install spring, but my mechanic told me it was pain in the "S" when installing the front. In fact, he said 2 persons to install the front will make life much easier.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:35 PM   #5
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Amen to that... so the front is done , last night after work i drove 40 min to my yard where I have all my tools, power and air which makes life so much easier I estimated roughly an hour and half to complete the front. After 3 hours or swearing, sweating, crying I finally finished lol

Guys, i'll write up a DIY tomorrow. NOTE - this job is VERY VERY easy. Why did it take me such a long time you ask? I didn't have my spring compressors so had to use my McGiver skills also after everything was in and ready to be tightened the damn nut holding the STRUT BROKE...

Yes , i cried

Will post DIY tomorrow after rear is complete...

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Old 06-23-2007, 11:50 PM   #6
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Hey I have a 330cic, you wanna do mine to?
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Old 06-24-2007, 02:22 AM   #7
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lol, i'll help you if you would like..... but no i'm not that nice
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:35 PM   #8
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Sweet cant wait for the DIY , just picked up a set of eibachs . where did you get the spring compressor??
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:42 PM   #9
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Sweet cant wait for the DIY , just picked up a set of eibachs . where did you get the spring compressor??
I think you can rent them from autozone
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Old 06-24-2007, 01:57 PM   #10
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well... as I said I didn't use the spring compressors, and I do not recommend you do it without them... i'm sure you can rent them at your local auto parts store.
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:33 PM   #11
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:32 AM   #12
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where's the DIY?
I have a question , on the rear struts the lower bushing slides onto the carrier pin but what is keeping it held in place. I know there is a bolt but does it have some kind of washer? I have a friend who had his bilsteins installed by a shop in Hamilton and it seem they forgot to install something to keep the shock from sliding off the pin?
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