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Old 07-05-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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how do you remove the rear springs from an e36

how to remove rear springs for e36 do i have to remove the lsd 1998 m3
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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are you changing shocks, or just removing springs? just undo the bolt that holds the bottom of the shock, the spring should just come right out. may need to apply some leverage downward to the arm, but it should come right out.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:14 PM   #3
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^^^Yes, thats right, it should just come off with just a pry bar...If its too tight, you can spray some WD40 on it, makes the job easyer.
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:06 PM   #4
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and to put it back on - reverse of disassembly or.. do you need spring compression tool?
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Old 07-06-2008, 11:36 PM   #5
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and to put it back on - reverse of disassembly or.. do you need spring compression tool?
Install is a bit harder, unless you got lowering springs (wich is the case many times, so thats easy), but for stock springs, its best to lift the car from both sides, otherwise the sway bar puts pressure on one wheel...so it cant drop low enaught...
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:53 PM   #6
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thnaks guy just did them thanks for all the help i taught it was done like that but on any other forums they said you needed to lower the lsd but it did not make sense thanks again
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:24 PM   #7
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They say you need to lower the diff or disconnect the drive axles because you acn damage the universal joint on the cv axles by prying on them too hard to remove the spring, but who cares.
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Install is a bit harder, unless you got lowering springs (wich is the case many times, so thats easy), but for stock springs, its best to lift the car from both sides, otherwise the sway bar puts pressure on one wheel...so it cant drop low enaught...
What is said here about lowering springs, does that apply to a non M car installing OEM M3 springs? I imagine the M3 springs are lower, so they install like a lowering spring and would lower a non M E36 a bit?
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^^basically what Fil is saying is lets say a stock spring is 6 inches uncompressed, and there's 5 inches clearance to fit it in, you'll have to compress it 1 inch.

Since most lowering springs are shorter than stock springs (lets say 4.5 inches) you dont have to compress them at all to re-install.

Make sure you check everything is lined up after you lower the car.
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