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Old 08-24-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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H&R Coilover Install Help!

So I just installed my H&R RSS coilovers on my car, along with TMS rear camber arms and upgraded RSMs (got it with this special deal).

The installation went pretty smooth, aside from the pain in the neck it was to get the rear camber arms in, due to the diff. being in the way of removing the two inner bolts.

Anyway, I installed everything today and when I went to test drive it, I get this horrible clanking noise whenever I hit any bump or road imperfection that causes suspension travel. It sounds horrible. Hitting the little road reflectors glued on the road at 15mph is enough to make the noise. It almost sounds like the rear springs are clanking around on the bottom ride height adjuster units (pic can be seen in above link). The reason I think its on the bottom is because I am using the original rear spring pad on the top, but not the bottom one, because it would not fit (ride height adjuster in the way). I believe both rear sides are making the noise due to the fact that when I hit those road reflectors with the left or right side tires, I still get the same noise, but I could be mistaken.

Any help is definitely appreciated. If you have experience with those style rear height adjusters, please chime in. Whether it be how you install them (I want to double check if I did it right), or if you know of any required rear bottom spring pad.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:37 AM   #2
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you are not supposed to use the pads on the bottom for the rear for that reason. try checking if all your bolts and everything is properly tightened
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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you are not supposed to use the pads on the bottom for the rear for that reason. try checking if all your bolts and everything is properly tightened
Ok, just making sure. I edited the OP so it makes a little more sense.

I checked and rechecked everything, but apparantly something is out of whack.....


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these tight on yours?

I know mine was missing the tightening screw...since replaced.

did you put the stock spring pad back on top of the H&R spring?
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Are your RSM on tight?
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these tight on yours?

I know mine was missing the tightening screw...since replaced.

did you put the stock spring pad back on top of the H&R spring?
Yep, the little set screw was on both of them and I tightened them all. But just to be sure about the rear spring adjuster installation.... you have to seperate the two bottom pieces and install on the control arm, and then thread the actual spring seat down into it, right? I hate how nothing came with instructions!

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Are your RSM on tight?
Yep, but I will triple check.





I have to make a 330 mile trip back to school because fall semester starts on Monday, and right now the car is undriveable. ,

Any help is appreciated!!!!
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Depending on how much you lowered it, I had a problem on my last E46, a 2000 328i, where the sway bar (UUC SwayBarians) was hitting something on the underside of the car and I had to have local motorsport shop grind some stuff down to give me enough clearance (suspension was H&R Sport Cup Kit). It worked out well, but I always thought it was weird that I never heard anyone mention it.
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^ yea that's the first thing i thought, but that is usually a problem in the front. since the OP said it was the rear, i figured it was something else.

OP, are you sure it's not coming from the front? check the swaybar endlinks
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:54 AM   #10
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Hmm since nobody has said it already, maybe its the camber arms?
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Yep, the little set screw was on both of them and I tightened them all. But just to be sure about the rear spring adjuster installation.... you have to seperate the two bottom pieces and install on the control arm, and then thread the actual spring seat down into it, right? I hate how nothing came with instructions!
yeah... that's right.

did you tighten the shock?

I'll see if I can find me videos for you
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