I've got a set of Eibach lowering springs (1.3") I would like to install myself if possible. I am short on cash, so spending $$$ on a mech. is out of the question.
I don't know anyboddy with experience in this field that can help me.
I am very mechanically inclined and I have tons of tools.
The Car: 1995 325i
Will this be hard or easy? How do I go about it?
I do not like to start something I cannot finnish.
Although my post is soemwhat useless....ill post to bump your topic up
I have an 89 525i e34...obviously different from yours by far..
I was loking at H&R lowering springs cuz i know this aftermarket shop that had a pair of extras that someone backed out on. So i could haev gotten a great deal. The problem that came was the price of installation. Apparently the job takes a quite a bit of time on BMW's because all the steering and suspension links are very interrealated (good job BMW) but this makes installation difficult. I am sorry i could not be of more help, check out on eof these other guys liek EXTech, they def. know what they are doing.
So there is not actually anyone here that has performed this kind of operation?
I was hoping someone could tell me if this is something one can easily do themselves. Or if it is a very complicated task.
I have installed lowering springs on a car before. Basically I can tell you what to do, but the details will be something you have to figure out. And some steps might not be needed for BMWs. I've not looked at the suspension on one before so I don't know for sure. First get a spring compressor. Then get a rotating saw that looks like a T (where the top of the t looks kinda like a buzz saw) unless the (i forgot the name of the part), it's what holds your brake line to your strut/spring houseing, already has been cut or maybe comes so it's bendable. You use the saw or not, to cut at a corner the thing that holds the brake line to the strut/spring housing. Then you bend one side of that part to remove the brake line from the spring/strut housing. Then you undo the bolts at the top of the housing that is located above the housing underneath the hood. I'm not sure how to access the rear ones, hopefully some one else will know. Then you undo the bolts at the bottom of the housing and pull the whole thing out. You take it and put it in the spring compressor. Compress remove the top of the houseing, pull the strut/lower housing out, uncompress the spring. Remove stock spring from compressor, put in lowering spring and then put the strut and housing back in compress then put the top housing on decomress very carefully. If the housing is not securly back on IT IS DANGEROUS if decompressed too quickly. Then reinstall. And move the other corners. As you can tell this is by no means detailed instructions and will require a good bit of learning. But it's completely possible to do yourself, but it helps to have a mechanically inclined friend. Also its been a while so I may have a ommited something.
if you decide to do it good luck. Plan to spend all day doing it. And i forgot one thing, when you put the springs in the houseing, you want to put it in turned so it has the least load on it. There shuold be a groove in the top of the bottom spring housing. The end of the stock spring should fit in there and be in the correct position, however, with lowering springs you may need to rotate the spring away from the end of the groove inorder to get the springs to bear the least load. If you do have to rotate the springs in the houseing it's ok if you rotate a LITTLE too much, however, there will be a popping sound as you go over bumps until the spring settles. Also it will take a little while for the car to "sink" all the way down after you install the spring, so let it sit for a few minutes, for instance while you put away tools ect, and then drive it carefully to check the handling and listen for any odd noises. Good Luck!
When your gonna do this becaues I should be changing my struts in about 2 weeks or so, so I could give you a little more detailed instructions on how to do it then,
Actually you don't really need a spring compressor etc. the hardest thing to do on the install (Fronts) is aligning the shock to the rotor once you get everyting back together...It took me roughly 1 1/2 hour each side....this ain't easy like imports man pain in the butt,good experience though. about the spring once you get that off put one end against something sturdy (bottom end) to a curb or another old tire. Put a tire on the end that you will be unscrewing, put one foot/step on spring loosen the top bolt or put a towel over it...it'll just going boing and hit the tires...wallah....or you can just waste you time/money and rent/buy a spring compressor.....need details lemme know. good luck.
Originally posted by Eggrolled211@Feb 29 2004, 04:37 PM Actually you don't really need a spring compressor etc. the hardest thing to do on the install (Fronts) is aligning the shock to the rotor once you get everyting back together...It took me roughly 1 1/2 hour each side....this ain't easy like imports man pain in the butt,good experience though. about the spring once you get that off put one end against something sturdy (bottom end) to a curb or another old tire. Put a tire on the end that you will be unscrewing, put one foot/step on spring loosen the top bolt or put a towel over it...it'll just going boing and hit the tires...wallah....or you can just waste you time/money and rent/buy a spring compressor.....need details lemme know. good luck.
I wouldn't do that... springs are not something to f*ck with. You just take the top of the houseing off that spring is going to go all over where ever you are, they will bounce off walls and they will break sh*t or you. Get a compressor. Besides you'll never get the springs on with out a compressor.
hahaha, do it without spring compressors and you'll be sorry.... We did this on my GSR 2 years ago while the strut assembly was in a vice, and did the wrap around with a gun to get the bolt off the strut...mannn did that thing fly far when it released and that spring was already a set of lowered springs.... trust me, people have been killed before for not using springs compressors.... JUST DO IT!
ps - I mean get the spring compressors.. and no, it's not a hard job if you know how to work on vehicles, but if your new to the game, don't do it alone your first time...
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Yeah it IS VERY dangerous...I replace my 325is with M3 springs...NO spring compressors etc. its work fine for me...majority of lower springs/coilover are smaller yet stiffer spring they'll fit with slack. Yes the safer way is with a compressor. My ways just lazy ...... but thats me i hate to waste $$/time.
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