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Old 02-10-2007, 05:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello all this is my first post today i have a 320i e36 and its a lovely car but i want more from it ! i have laready fitted sparco struts front and rear and have purchesed a set of lowering springs i want to keep the same shocks for now as i cant afford much i just wanted to know if it would be easy enough to change the springs mysely and what sort of time scale that i would have to put aside to do it as my garage has qouted 180 and i just cant afford it.
i would say that im pretty good around cars and have all the tools (i think) but if anyone could help with a description or link to a download that wolud be great thanks
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i will upload some pics of my car once i get home from work
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i've changed the suspension on multiple cars, the e36 isn't the easiest, but it's not that bad, you'll need to buy or rent a spring compressor, that's the only special tool i use for the job, other than my air tools, but they aren't necessary, just make it a lot easier, everything else is just sockets, and other regular tools, i'd also recommend getting a buddy to help you out, if it's your first time it'll probably take in the neighborhood of 5 hours maybe less, maybe more, that includes time for stubborn bolts and jacking everything up

good luck with it, if you have any questions we're here to help

also this link will help too

Pelican Technical Article: E36 Performance Suspension/Lowering Your BMW
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thanks for the link looks helpfull i will have to rent a spring compresser and also wait for the weather to get a little better i think as it sounds like an all day job
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Here in the United States you can rent spring compressors for free at stores liek Auto Zone. They jsut require a $50 USD deposit. Make sure you rent a strut spring comrpessor.

Other than that it's an easy job. The rear's take about 20 minutes each for your first time. Possibly longer if you take it easy.

The entire job for your first time should take you maybe 4 hours. Once agian take it easy.

Also make sure you have a torque wrench.

Once you are done installign your suspension you should get the suspension realigned. Do this about 3 weeks after installing your suspension.

Good Luck and feel free to ask any more questions here.
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