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Old 09-23-2004, 04:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, I had my 318is in for service last week, and had the steering lock and ignition replaced. Now, they say the shocks and mounts in the back are worn down and need replaced. They want $500 to do it. I can buy the parts for $150. Is this easy enough to do myself, or will the extra $350 be money well spent?

It looks easy in the Chilton's guide, and I've done a lot of work on my cars in the past, but I have no experience with a Bimmer.
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Old 09-23-2004, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have a good jack, some jackstands, the tools, and some time, you can do it yourself. It's not terribly hard I don't believe.
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I just did them , they were suprisingly easy. all you need is a jack an 18mm wrench and 13mm i think for the top. its got to the faq for directions
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I had my RSMs done a few days ago. Would have done it myself, but no tools. Not even a jack anymore. Gotta buy new stuff.
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I just did them , they were suprisingly easy. all you need is a jack an 18mm wrench and 13mm i think for the top. its got to the faq for directions
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very very easy i just put all new shocks and struts on my 325is and put strut tower and shock tower brances on while i was at it, and it was a piece of cake, you just have to remove the carpet in the back. To do that you have to remove the speakers which is very easy all you do is pry the speaker covers off from the top, then on screw the two screws, then the tops of the shock towers shoulud be very easy to get too. use the 18mm to undo the bottom of the shock and the 13 for the two shock mount screws and it should fall right out, do not pay 350 dollars for something you can do in a hour easy.
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This weekend, it gets done. I thought the dealer price was a touch high!
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I did up an FAQ for replacing the rear struts with pics. Everything you need to do it is in there... but not wrench sizes.... forgot to make a not of which ones I ended up useing. Also I didn't need to replace the RSMs at the time so that is not covered, but I would think that it would be fairly self explanatory. Usually I would say IM me if you run into problems with the struts over the weekend, but I'll be drunk and busy from about 10'oclock tonight until at least sunday morning (Frat bid day!!!). So sunday afternoon you could IM me if you have problems. Since you asked if you could do it I am assuming that you don't know a whole lot about cars, but are familiar with a wrench, so I'd go out on a limb and say count on 2 1/2 hours to do the struts and struts mounts. You can get it done a lot quicker than that though. Good luck

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If you have a good jack, some jackstands, the tools, and some time, you can do it yourself. It's not terribly hard I don't believe.
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I just did them , they were suprisingly easy. all you need is a jack an 18mm wrench and 13mm i think for the top. its got to the faq for directions
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All you need is a jack, two wrenches and oh yeah You almost forgot.. a thousand dollar commercial strut spring comprtessor shown in the photos. what happens to someone when they think this is something you can do with common hand tools, and then they get half way through the job and figure out that yu can't do this job without a spring compressor? Or someone reads the posts and orders up the parts they need and then figures this out. Come on man... mention you need a spring comprsssor....
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The rear shocks do not need a compressor and that was what he was refering to..The front struts require the compressor, which i was unaware of..
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I just did them , they were suprisingly easy. all you need is a jack an 18mm wrench and 13mm i think for the top. its got to the faq for directions
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All you need is a jack, two wrenches and oh yeah You almost forgot.. a thousand dollar commercial strut spring comprtessor shown in the photos. what happens to someone when they think this is something you can do with common hand tools, and then they get half way through the job and figure out that yu can't do this job without a spring compressor? Or someone reads the posts and orders up the parts they need and then figures this out. Come on man... mention you need a spring comprsssor....
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As you now see everyone makes mistakes and do the things that pisses them off when others do it.... but back on topic.

While you have the wheels off also think about doing your brakes, it'll save you time later.
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Hmm. I will likely repalce the front struts at some point, but I didn't know about the requisite compressor. Is the one they have for rent at Murray's the same? Big thing, looks like a Cclamp with a groove cut in each jaw.
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Hmm. I will likely repalce the front struts at some point, but I didn't know about the requisite compressor. Is the one they have for rent at Murray's the same? Big thing, looks like a Cclamp with a groove cut in each jaw.
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That sounds about right for a description on a manual spring compressor. But I have never used a manaul springn compressor.... lucky me... compressed air powered.... mmmmmm....
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DOODS, DO you or do you not need a spring compressor for the rear shock mounts or shock removal/install?

WHos right? used used used used
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DOODS, DO you or do you not need a spring compressor for the rear shock mounts or shock removal/install?

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