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Old 04-12-2012, 03:23 PM
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E36 M3 What is this in the spring?

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I purchased a 1997 M3 few months ago. It runs well to me so far. But since I am new to M3, there is a lot for me to learn about this car. One thing I noticed last time I took off one of the rear tires, there is an metal object inserted into the spring coil. Then I found the same kind of object in the spring coil on the other side as well. It looks like they were put in the springs with a purpose. Can anyone tell me why these objects were in the spring coils and should I keep them there?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:31 AM
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No idea what it is or why someone would put it there. It could be compromising handling integrity, I'd take them off there...
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They probably affect the springs compression properties. I'd take them out. It doesn't look safe.
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Looks like someone was trying to raise the car slightly by putting those blocks in between the coils. I would remove them.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:11 PM
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This car has been lowered. The wheels are 18" aftermarket wheels. I have concern if I take them out, it may cause some problem. I got advice from the other forum that I should check out the spring first and see what they are then make next move. This is not my daily drive. In the meantime, I need to take care of the CV boot. Over the weekend I will raise it up and check out the spring then see what will be the next. Thanks a lot, everyone for the response.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:47 PM
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What you are seeing is called a spring spacer and you almost never see them anymore...
Designed to help weak springs that need lift...
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:27 PM
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Does it mean I have the weak springs? Instead of having these things in my springs, should I consider replace the springs at this time? What are my options? Thanks
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