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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, Oct-16-2011, 12:27:34 AM   #31
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

Thanks to all the info in this post I was able to replaced my rear OEM springs today with new OEM springs. I did both in about 35-40 minutes.

I was able to undo the bottom of the shock and use a bar. For the reinstall it was easyest to get the top of the spring in first and then wiggle the bottom into place.
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

When I did the shocks and springs on my E36, I was doing the RTABs too so I had the RTAB carrier unbolted from the car. I think that helped a little too. My friend pushed on the trailing arm with his foot while I pulled the spring out.
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

Get yourself a broomstick.
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Old Sun, Oct-16-2011, 05:27:14 AM   #34
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

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you don't need anything...remove wheel, unbolt bottom of rear shock, push down on rear rotor hat with your foot while holding onto the edge of the wheel well to get leverage, if the spring doesn't fall out by itself get someone to pull it out while you push down on the rotor...on reinstall, put the top rubber piece in the car first, push down on the rotor, put the new coil in, pull down on the rear shock until the holes line up and thread the bolt
I did this exactly.
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

Is an alignment required after replacing the rear springs?
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

Is it necessary/recommended to disconnect the Xenon light level sensor on the right rear before attacking the right spring?
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

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Is an alignment required after replacing the rear springs?
with stock? I probably wouldn't bother unless you haven't had an alignment in a while

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Is it necessary/recommended to disconnect the Xenon light level sensor on the right rear before attacking the right spring?
I never have and I've r&r'd rear springs several times.

I did finally forget to disconnect the leveling arm on the front passenger control arm last time and broke it
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Default Re: rear coil spring removal and re-install help.....

I did the same. Both sides up in the air and both shocks unbolted. Springs just pulled out by hand :/
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