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: rear shock/struts???

10-26-2009, 11:38 AM
need to replace rear shock/struts on rear 1990 535i. going to DIY. any help would be greatly appreciated.

10-26-2009, 04:52 PM

Remove the bottom seat in rear by snatching it up 8 inces from corner on each side then slide it forward and out. Once the back seat bottom is off you will see six small srews along the bottom of the seat back. Remove them. Pry up the rear seat belt molings at the top of the seat back ever so gently. Lift the seat back out from the bottom and you should be able to un hook from top. Pull it forwaer from the top after it is unhooked and just let it hang. Now you will be able to get to the strut mounts. There is a rubber cap over top of the mount you can just pry it up.

Three 14 MM bolts hold it from the top and one 22mm bolt at the Bottom. You need to be carfull removing the assembly as not to drop it on your head or foot. If you remove the bottom bolt first, you will need to do a bit of one arm acrobatics as you hold the assemble up while you get the last nut out. If you do the top first you run the risk of dropping the unit on your face. I prefer the former. LOL...

Once they are out it is a peice of cake.

If there are stock springs on it. No spring compressor is neaded. Lock a set of brass jawed vice grips on the shock shaft (As you will be replacing them do not worry about the brass jaws), stand the assembly on the ground and press down on the shock mount to releiv the pressure (Mindfull not to have your fingers in the coils, if your finger are cought between the coils and the bump-stop plate,,, It is going to hurt like hell), remove the nut and slowly let up on the shock mount.

Test this first by pushing down on the mount to see if you have the streangth to easely do it This is not the recomended way it should be done so be very careful and be sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are not comfortable with it, Use a set of spring compressors. When doing the fronts, you should not attempt doing that without a spring compressor. There is far to much pressure on the front springs.

Installation is reverse of removal. Have fun.

10-26-2009, 05:07 PM
Yeah...what he said! lol:thumbup:

10-26-2009, 05:44 PM
thank you CarDriver. this is not the first grerat help you have offered. i really appreciate it.

10-27-2009, 12:04 AM
:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: YW!