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Old 09-11-2009, 11:13 PM
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:33 AM
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is this diy can be applied on coilovers?
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:45 AM
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Great DIY ? thanks!
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:49 AM
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Very nice DIY Joe!
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:52 AM
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Great step by step ... pics add tremendous clarity!
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:15 AM
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Very nice,! and bookmarked it for my future DIY. thank you!

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:19 AM
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Is it always a good idea to replace the springs to, when replacing the shocks. I have a 2004 545, how do you know when to replace the springs. thanks
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:46 PM
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Awesome DIY! It's great to see more and more writeups for working on these cars as they get a bit older.

Originally Posted by bmdavid79' post='1005686' date='Sep 12 2009, 12:19 PM
Is it always a good idea to replace the springs to, when replacing the shocks. I have a 2004 545, how do you know when to replace the springs. thanks
Springs and shocks should be matched to each other for correct handling, so if you're going to stiffer (or softer) shocks, then you usually need to change the springs to match.

If you're just replacing a worn-out set of shocks with new shocks of the same type, you don't need to change springs. Springs don't really wear out, other than causing the ride height to drop slightly as they compress over the years. If they actually break you will know it.
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:01 PM
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Great DIY, Pare
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:21 PM
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