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Old 05-06-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Replaced R-springs, ect. thanks fanatics

Yesterday: Any advice on changing out r-springs on my 2002 325i ? (broken)
Going to borrow a spring compression tool from a friend.
Read on suspention forum that them might slip out ? Hummm

*** Many thanks guys, finished the job in 2 hours ***

Replace 2 broken r-springs, frozen-stuck caliper and pads.
bleed side w/new caliper, Done.
1 spring (left) broke on the top and bottom.
Also thanks to my neighbor for the help w/the springs.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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it's a 10 min. job, no need for compressor. Take the shock bolt out and use a prybar to push down on the spring carrier.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:47 PM   #3
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it's a 10 min. job, no need for compressor. Take the shock bolt out and use a prybar to push down on the spring carrier.
true words, did mine when i bought my car, just take off wheel and disconnect lower shock mount and the arm drops and you can just put your body weight on it and pull out the spring! good luck
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:51 PM   #4
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both above statements are correct. then use another jack to jack the spring into place so you can reconnect the shock.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:59 PM   #5
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Trying to do the same thing today. Is there a torque spec on the strut bolts? Thanks!
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:32 PM   #6
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Spring

Thanks for the info,
Doing rear caliper swap and brakes also.
Got used springs and re-built calipers

Fun weekend 4 me.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:56 AM   #7
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Trying to do the same thing today. Is there a torque spec on the strut bolts? Thanks!
I don't know the torque, they are on very tight. Had to use a pry-bar and socket. Just wrench them down good.

good luck, oh, have a friend there to get the spring in. No way to do it alone.
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