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Old 02-27-2004, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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is it hard to install those shocks with springs around them they look easy i have installed shocks before but not springs so i know how to do that but what about those
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you must be refering to the Mcpherson setup. If you buy the kit and they come pre-assembled, i.e. springs already mounted on the struts, then your job is a whole lot easier. Removing the unit out of each corner of the car is not hard at all, but always requires a new alignment for the vehicle after. anything you install springs on these kind of cars, you need a set of spring compressors that work on the outside of the spring and the job is about a 2 out of 4 wrenches on a mechanical skills level....
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good wont be to hard then
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Old 02-28-2004, 01:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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so we still havent seen any pics of this car of yours.....
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don't have a car of my own only 15 but friend and dad got one i just do stuff on thiers but i won the bid on ebay for one just didn't meet the reserve hopefully i will get it my dad is goin to call him today i think a 95 325i would be a good car for a 15 year don't you think
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Manual or auto? If it's auto, DO NOT do any tricks in it... I F&$#ed up my transmission REAL BADLY... 3rd gear is slipping and i'm currently driving really easy to nurse it as long as I can.. Thats the worst situation to be in... you have a nice sportscar and you can't drive it like your suppose to because you messed it up.
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At 15 how do you plan to pay for all these mods you want?
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i have a preety good paying job i work with my friend the one with the bmw he is 19 has we have a boat cleaning buisness pays 50 bucks an hour becasue it is only me and him in it get like 200 bucks a boat and only takes like an hour and 30 minutes to do one and i have bben savin for the past 2 years and mowin lawns so it saves up pretty quick over time
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o it is a manual so don't have to worry about that stuff
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Hey BITcore.......I was wondering what you ment by tricks????? I have a 92 325i auto and I drive it hard all the time......no probs with the tranny..Knock on wood!!!!! Lemme know what these tricks are so I can avoid these maneuvers....thanx
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Well, drifting with ebrake while in gear, power slides, anything that makes a sudden change in motion to the drive train. Such as hitting the ebrake while in gear... I suggest you slam the stick forward into neutral and give it at least a couple seconds for it to fully disengage before you hit the ebrake...

Donít drop it from neutral to any gear, wither it's accidental or not. Thatíll really $#&#$ up the transmission, differential, and anything else in-between, much more so in an auto than dropping a clutch in a manual. Many manual clutches have springs to absorb some of the shock of such engagement, (excluding performance clutches and maybe even BMW's, they might not have said springs but itís still not as bad as doing so in an auto)

Try not to power slide into a curb... or anything for that matter. Your wheels, axles, differential, and tires don't like that.

Get a LSD if youíre going to drift, otherwise doing so might tear up an open diff from all of that torque going to one wheel, plus it will be a lot easier to drift. Best if the car doesnít shift gears while mid-drift, the transmission wont appreciate it when it shifts, the wheels suddenly gain traction and stop spinning mid-shift, and it fully engages into 2nd or 3rd with power being applied at relatively high RPMís. Guess what you just "dropped the clutch" again. Be sure your able to force the gear shifts with a manual button or whatever.

Avoid jumps or getting the wheels airborne more than 6 inches, you slam your suspension among other things. Take a look at my sig, that car was royally messed up after they filmed it.

I guess DRIVING it on like a course is fine, although still stressful its much better than hitting the ebrake around corners and all the crazy & stupid crap I do.

I think I reduced the value of my car by about 10,000 after I have driven it for like 7 months...
I want new: engine, transmission, differential, headlights, and shocks. Thats a lot of work and probably less expensive just to by a new friggin M3 or somthing.
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