You could TRY slackening the trailing arm front bush first, then no more busted fingers...
1. Lift the rear and support it on jacks.
2. Spray the 22mm bolt with lot's and I say lot's of WD40.
3. Remove the rear seat cushion, headrests, headrest plastic cover (attached to the backrest, you have to turn the 2 plastic screws 1/4 of a turn with a big flat screw driver or a coin) and backrest.
4. Remove the 2 strut upper mounting covers and the 3 x 13mm nuts with a ratchet, extension and u-joint.
5. Beneath the car, remove the 22 mm bolt. Now the fun begins.
6. The bottom of the E34 rear shock has a tube that goes in the trailing arm. You can imagine how rusty this tube is. The trick is to spray a lot of WD40 in the tube (where the screw was) and all around it. Now find a long round and strong tube (I used the end of the E34 wheel wrench) and insert it where the screw was located. Now push forward on the bottom of the shock while at the same time jiggling the shock absorber right and left with the help of the long tube (or wrench).
... To remove the rear shocks you can also buy a set of pry-bars (of different lengths; many auto stores have them) and simply wedge the tip between the bottom of the shock and the trailing arm. Give a good push against the shock and the shock will slide (or pop) right out.
Worse case, if everything is siezed use a big hammer and a chisel, I also used a pickle fork and it worked pretty well.
From - bmwe34.net
Last edited by Jack Dabsy; 05-13-2011 at 02:52 PM.
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