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Old 07-19-2007, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question about lowering using the spring compressor ?

This weekend im finally going to get to lower my car but have a few questions. First I called a few auto part stores to see if I can get a spring compressor 1 guy said there are 2 types one where the shock sticks up inside the spring ( which is like mine ) and another where the shock and the spring are seperate.
Well I got the spring compressor today and asked the guy at oriley autoparts if this particular compressor will work and he said Sure why not ! thats not what im wanting to know as in how he said it . I told him what the other guy said and he shruged and said this is a spring compressor thats all I know it should work.
below is a picture of what I have..... will this work for a 1995 325I convertible?

im finally installing H&R Springs with with Bilstein shocks/struts.

2nd question what are the main tools I will need for this job ?






Any help would mean a lot !
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That'll do the trick. There are some good DIY FAQ's around regarding your mission. I just replaced front and rear strut/shocks in my '98 using info from the Pelican Parts site.
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That'll do the trick. There are some good DIY FAQ's around regarding your mission. I just replaced front and rear strut/shocks in my '98 using info from the Pelican Parts site.
Thanks for replying !!!!!! I will keep that in mind !
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yes it will work, but be very careful, if you mount it improperly or torque down one side more than the other, the spring can fly out and severely injure someone or your property, it will work, I've used that type of spring compressor many times, but like I said, BE CAREFUL
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yes it will work, but be very careful, if you mount it improperly or torque down one side more than the other, the spring can fly out and severely injure someone or your property, it will work, I've used that type of spring compressor many times, but like I said, BE CAREFUL
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Yup, be very careful. That type will kill you if you mess up.
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That's why the fancy ones basically use belts. I've done 3 cars with that type, no worries.
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