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Old 03-04-2004, 02:28 PM   #1
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How hard is it to take out the rear springs?

I looked at the DIY instructions on this site. For the rears, it said that all i have to do is take the 18mm bolt off of the bottom of the shock and I should be able to get the springs off. Is that true? I'm thinking about taking the rubber pads off of my cupkit to give it more of a drop.

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Old 03-04-2004, 02:45 PM   #2
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yes, it is true, why wouldn't it be?
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I'm not a mechanic or anything, but won't taking the rubber pads out make it noisy and cause metal to rub against metal?
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Make sure you have a spring compressor to get those puppies back on.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:24 PM   #5
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Make sure you have a spring compressor to get those puppies back on.
You don't need a spring compressor for the rear.
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You don't need a spring compressor for the rear.
Really?? Good to know.
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:28 PM   #7
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I'm not a mechanic or anything, but won't taking the rubber pads out make it noisy and cause metal to rub against metal?
This is true, also unless you cut the center out of the pad the spring is not going to sit on the control arm correctly.
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This is true, also unless you cut the center out of the pad the spring is not going to sit on the control arm correctly.
Thanks, (EDIT:=TIM, not rob)...couple of guys have taken out the pads on their cars for the cupkit. It lowered the car about 1/4-1/2 inch.

They said they never experienced any noise or any fitment problem. Do you know if any damage will be done to the car by doing this?

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Thanks rob...couple of guys have taken out the pads on their cars for the cupkit. It lowered the car about 1/4-1/2 inch.

They said they never experienced any noise or any fitment problem. Do you know if any damage will be done to the car by doing this?
Are you talking to me? My name is Tim, not Rob.
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Are you talking to me? My name is Tim, not Rob.
LOL my bad tim. I was on the phone with rob ordering a knob. Sorry. I'm not too good at multitasking.

Yup, so do you think it will mess up my car TIM?

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LOL my bad tim. I was on the phone with rob ordering a knob. Sorry. I'm not too good at multitasking.

Yup, so do you think it will mess up my car TIM?

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No problem.

I don't think it is a good idea personally but it sounds like people are running that setup without issue.

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No problem.

I don't think it is a good idea personally but it sounds like people are running that setup without issue.

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Yea, i'm not too sure how the long term is gonna be. But I'm gonna take them off and try it out for like a week or so. Doesn't seem too hard to do right?
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so.. How did it turn out?
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I just did mine today with bimmerxtc. it's very easy took us 30 mins per tire to take it off and put a new springs! just 1 bolt and your good! Pm me if you need help!
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Did you use the lower rubber pad?
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Personally I wouldn't go without the pads for fear of noise and possible damage to the spring and/or mounting points. At the very least you'll have the finish wear off the spring in no time and it will rust. The pads are only 5mm uncompressed anyway - the height difference is minimal.

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Personally I wouldn't go without the pads for fear of noise and possible damage to the spring and/or mounting points. At the very least you'll have the finish wear off the spring in no time and it will rust. The pads are only 5mm uncompressed anyway - the height difference is minimal.

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yes i put it back! it's doesn't change a lot if you put it or not! Canuck328i is right, 5mm of height is minimal and it's not worth it to remove it!
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Make sure you have a spring compressor to get those puppies back on.

you dont need a spring compressor!
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This is what I was originally asking about, I wanted to know if anyone had problems after running without the lower pad for some time. 5mm is 1/5", and with the angular difference this would be a little more at the wheel.
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