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Old 05-09-2003, 06:02 PM   #1
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Question Installing H&R Springs

I'm putting in a new set of H&R springs on a 99 328I. Do I need any special tools to do this? I was told by a couple of shops that they really didn't even want to touch it because of how complicated it was.
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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this is not really a doit yourself job. I have the H&R springs and had them installed for around 160$. The hardest thing to do is to compress the spring during installation. You need a spring compresor for that. Check some local performance shops.
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Old 05-13-2003, 02:01 PM   #3
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theres a spring install DIY in the "tech" section of e46fanatics. look at the top left of the web page and you'll see tech. click on it and you should be able to find it. it will show you all you need to know
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Old 05-13-2003, 04:22 PM   #4
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The rears are a piece of cake. I didn't even need a spring compressor for them. The fronts, however, are a different story. I tried one of the rental spring compressor bracket thingies...a real PITA! I couldn't compress the old springs far enought to remove them. Wound up at a local automotive machine shop with a bench-mounted compressor and for $50 they put the new springs on the fronts.

All in all, it took about 2-3 hours work time (not counting the time wasted on the rental spring compressors and the machine shop time) to do both the fronts and the rears.

Don't forget to support the hubs after removing the shocks to prevent strain on the brake lines and ABS sensor. Also, make sure you torque everything to spec when reassembling.

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Old 05-13-2003, 05:45 PM   #5
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I did it myself. Pretty easy. Rented the spring compressor at Kragen and me and another friend followed the DIY on the tech page.

I posted it up somewhere.
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Old 05-14-2003, 02:15 AM   #6
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I tried it by myself and this is definately not DIY er. After 5 hours of tring to get the dam front shock out, I quit. I even used a spring compression kit and that still didn't work cause you still have to find a way to compress the shock. The fact that it was 90 degrees in the shade didn't help either.
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Old 05-15-2003, 02:03 AM   #7
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its areally easy man, just take out your front shocks, replace them with the h and r's. the backs are even easier, did it in 15 minutes. go to the how to's and follow those. its not hard at all. it was my first time modding my car,. and everything was fine
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