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Old 03-08-2009, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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strut difficulty?

Hey I have decided to try and replace my struts myself and save some money. If any of you guys have done this before how would you rate the difficulty from a 1-10? Oh and any precautions or things to look out for. Thanks for your help!
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6......you will need a spring compressor for the struts, you can rent one from Advanced Auto Parts for free, you just pay the cost of it & when you are done & return it, they refund you the money.....

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thanks johnny, it looks pretty straightforward and thankfully i have access to a spring compressor. I should be doing this within the next 2 weeks before i mount my summer tires.

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i found this deal today while looking at different places to buy my struts.
is this too good to be true for all 4?? i saw them at bavauto for 169 each lol sorry for the huge link
http://http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Parts-Accessories_Car-Truck-Parts-Accessories__BILSTEIN-SHOCKS-STRUTS-BMW-E36-318i-325i-328i-92-98_W0QQitemZ370171042790QQddnZPartsQ20Q26Q20Access oriesQQadiZ2865QQddiZ2811QQadnZCarQ20Q26Q20TruckQ2 0PartsQ20Q26Q20AccessoriesQQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotor s_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item37017104279 0&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A1171|65%3A1 2|39%3A1|240%3A1318
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This place's feedback is a little on the low side for me, @ 99.4%. I did not like what I read on their negatives.......could be selling refurbs as new.......just my 2 cents...
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What a deal! I'd check the part #s they list against Bilsteins website (if possible). I just did and they want $219 ea. for the fronts and $119 for the rears although the fronts are listed for an E36 4 cyl.
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yeah i just did that at the bottom of the page it says vehicle applications and it lists my car.
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i read some more feed back and i guess one's taking a chance ordering of these guys... that price is still amazing 289 for all 4!!
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