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Old 09-13-2009, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by monsterj34' post='1005471' date='Sep 12 2009, 01:33 AM
is this diy can be applied on coilovers?
Yap, same procedure for installing. For adjustment of height and damper setup follow manufaturer's instruction.

I'll continue with the rear install next week. College is interfering with my forum time and e60 experience .

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For the first time my wife positively commented on my work. She even fell asleep during the return trip from the wedding(Mission Viejo CA) last night .
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Cool, I paid $300 for my springs and shocks to be installed and I'd do it again 3 times over before even DARING to attempt this DIY and **** up my car.
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Howitzer' post='1006676' date='Sep 13 2009, 08:31 PM
Cool, I paid $300 for my springs and shocks to be installed and I'd do it again 3 times over before even DARING to attempt this DIY and **** up my car.
Or hurt/kill yourself in the process . Obviously this DIY is not for everyone. Always think safety when doing this kind of work: Jacking car up, electrical system, using power tools or pressurized systems(Pneumatic or hydraulic).
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Howitzer' post='1006676' date='Sep 13 2009, 11:31 PM
Cool, I paid $300 for my springs and shocks to be installed and I'd do it again 3 times over before even DARING to attempt this DIY and **** up my car.

well if shops near my house charge 800... i would rather do it myself..... the mechanic here is so dumb it would be better just do it myself..
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:16 PM
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I'm guessing he's next .
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Rizbel' post='1006757' date='Sep 13 2009, 09:39 PM
Or hurt/kill yourself in the process . Obviously this DIY is not for everyone. Always think safety when doing this kind of work: Jacking car up, electrical system, using power tools or pressurized systems(Pneumatic or hydraulic).
I've heard and seen comments from mechanics that after replacing the shocks in any car then the car is due for alignment. True fact?
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Originally Posted by JMM525i' post='1009718' date='Sep 16 2009, 11:07 PM
I've heard and seen comments from mechanics that after replacing the shocks in any car then the car is due for alignment. True fact?

not necessarily... when i got my sprint installed, i did alignment as few members suggested... they didnt have to adjust anything at alll since i already got my alignment like a month ago...

so i guess if you havent done alignment for a while then get them done at the same time
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Rear Shocks Install

1. Chock the front wheel and raise the rear wheel off the ground. Remove the wheels. I placed another 2Ton jack under the differential housing forward of the cooling fins for added safety.
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2. Remove the lower shock mounting bolt(18mm).

3. Access the upper shock mount by removing the side trunk trim panels. Remove the 3 (13mm) upper shock mount nuts.
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4. Remove liner plastic nut.
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Pull the strut out of the liner and out of the wheel well.
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5. Using a spring compressor, compress the spring and remove the upper shock-to-mount nut (10) and disassemble the Spring pads(upper 6 and lower 3), upper mount plate (9), mount(7), lower mount washer(5), compression absorber and dust tube(4) from the shock.
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6. Assemble all of the parts from step 5 onto the new shock.

7. Install the shock assembly in the reverse procedure from removal. Install the trunk trim panels.
Install the wheels and lower the vehicle.

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I only did the rear driver side shock install. The passenger side will be harder according to Allen (e60_lab_rat) because of the fuel lines.
I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
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