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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Jun-18-2004, 01:13:54 PM   #1
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Default Rear Shock Installation ... !!??

I'm doing my rear shocks today and I've read all the DIYs, well most of them at least. I just wanted to get some last advice or tips before I tackle this job. This will be my first time and it doesn't seem too difficult, but I just wanted to double check since I don't have a manual.

Just some tips or suggestions would help. Also, if anybody knows where a really good DIY is ... that would also help.

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Don't forget to check the RSM's. while you're there. Or just get the Parts for the e46 and replace them anyways.
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What area do you live in? I need to see how its done...
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http://www.logun.org/e36_info.htm or you can try
http://www.geocities.com/e36rulz/diy.html

I haven't done that yet, so I can't give you any advise, but there are some DIY links
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Old Fri, Jun-18-2004, 06:11:22 PM   #5
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Not sure if you have a coupe/vert or sedan, but I just replaced my rsms on 1998 vert and it was very easy. I didn't even take the wheel off. On the non-vert models you have to remove alot of stuff in the trunk to get them off, but they are only held in with two nuts, and the shocks are held to the mounts with one nut. I upgraded to the E46 mounts on my car and they fit perfect. Total cost for the mounts (which by the way were totally shot after 60K miles) was $50.00. That included two mounts, and all the nuts and two gaskets. If you wanted to pinch pennies you could re-use the nuts.
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Not sure if you have a coupe/vert or sedan, but I just replaced my rsms on 1998 vert and it was very easy. I didn't even take the wheel off. On the non-vert models you have to remove alot of stuff in the trunk to get them off, but they are only held in with two nuts, and the shocks are held to the mounts with one nut. I upgraded to the E46 mounts on my car and they fit perfect. Total cost for the mounts (which by the way were totally shot after 60K miles) was $50.00. That included two mounts, and all the nuts and two gaskets. If you wanted to pinch pennies you could re-use the nuts.
You don't even have to take off the wheels when you replace the RSMs? anybody have a good detailed guide how to do it?
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http://www.logun.org/shockmnts.htm
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Nope....didn't take the rear wheels off. Jacked up the rear, removed the 2 upper rear shock mount nuts (again different for a vert), reached under the car and removed the one nut holding the lower part of the shock on and wiggled it out. Put the new mount on the old shock on my bench, then slid the shock back up into the mount. I was able to hold the shock with one hand and start one of the two nuts that hold the upper shock mount. I went back up top and tightened the two nuts and then used a small bar to raise the rear tire a little to slide the lower shock mount on. Tightened the nut and I was done. Real easy. Took my time and it was about an hour for both sides.
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You have to take out the rear speakers. That is the only PITA part of the job. Other than that, its as easy as changing your oil.
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You have to take out the rear speakers. That is the only PITA part of the job. Other than that, its as easy as changing your oil.
What? You do not. I didnt and I have the subs in my way...
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