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| Originally posted by spiff325is@Dec 24 2004, 10:37 PM |
Where did you purchase this kit? and what are the specs on it. Height change and such.
| Originally posted by Bmw1990@Dec 25 2004, 04:20 PM |
Looks good.* So where can the average guy get a kit like that one??
| Originally posted by idanity@Dec 26 2004, 03:54 PM |
im finally able to do that myself,
after i just replaced my front strut, w/hub assembly. because the guy at the junk yard said it was easier than replacing the hub alone...
bullcrap stuck all over that lie...lemme tell ya the struts are really in there...omy
i finally did it with the help of a neighbor and bending my 4foot bar in the process..
i had to find a 5 foot steel heavy friggin bar to get the control arm bushing knob bolt back into the strut. once that was done, yeah it was 2 bolts on the strut lowere.
2 bolts on the brake calipers
1 allen bolt on the brake round thing the shoes clamp onto
3 nuts on the top of the strut
1 nut in the shock...
ill let ya know the process to do so you dont loose a foot like i almost did...if any dare.
but now that i know im sure i can change out both sides in 4 hours. maybe less if i had air tools.
it took me about 1hour to dissasemble it all.
another to compress the spring...after it shot out the bottom.
and another to get it all back in..
all in all about 6 hours is more like it...
also i used only hand tools and one socket wrench...
nothing electric or air...i want them now...omy
Originally Posted by MeisterTy,Dec 28 2004, 05:05 PM
i just did the same thing. i needed to replace my struts and found out that my strut housing were all rusted out. so i bought some used strut housing from bavarian auot recycling. i put in Bilstein HD. they feel great. but i agree those bolts are a pain in the balls. i used a breaker bar for some of them. its amazing how much easier a job can be with the right tools. at least u know how to do it now. good luck with the struts and enjoy the ride. viali8
| Originally posted by idanity@Dec 29 2004, 09:06 PM |
quoting above- "
MeisterTy. I will give u a run down on what i purchased. Basically what i did was order the COMPLETE ASSEMBLY (springs, stuts, hub assembly, ABS sensor etc. everything included.) for both the Front Left and Front Right. Ideally i could have installed them into my car but i had already purchased Bilstein HD struts. Yes i am very happy with the strut assemblies that i recieved. keep in mind that the place i puchased them from is called "bavarian auto recycling", which is located in California. so my parts were used. they were off an '89 325i. because of the great weather in california there was no rust on the parts even though they were15 years old. i hope this helps. if you need any more help dont hesitate to ask. Matt"
" yup i also went to Bavarian auto in cali... and if you are getting the springs and shocks yourself i bought the lower strut and hub assembly w/warrenty for 50 bucks.
plus 20 for shipping even beats the junkyards aroung here..hahaah
btw they screwed me in delivery and took over 2weeks so i had to buy the part here and tell them to keep their stuff but if time is not the issue then there good.
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