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Hey Dragos - you guys have been busy.... (archive)

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Posted by MicahO on July 31, 2001 at 08:30:08:

In Reply to: (dare I ask it ?) Suspension (again) posted by Dragos on July 30, 2001 at 20:38:10:

Regarding the springs, if you are doing the strut inserts, the springs have to come off anyway, so you may as well do them at the same time. That's pretty much what I did. Maximillian imports will sell you a set of 4 BMW springs for $279 - I got a set of BMW Sport springs and love them. I only replaced struts and springs, rotors and pads, not control arms, but with good spring compressors and no power tools, it should have taken me about 2 hours per side, and I was learning my way around. As it was I had crappy, borderline-deadly spring compressors that took a long damn time to crank down. You will want a helper or an extra floor jack to lift the strut back into place. I haven't wanted to bugger with my self levelling rear yet, but from reading reviews of the process ( much of the time will be spent dismantling the interior to get at the top of the strut tower.

Since the front strut comes free from the steering arm where all of the control arms connect, the time spent on strut work would pretty much be in addition to the time spent on control arms. I was able to do all the strut work without disturbing any control arms or steering linkage.

I can't comment on your type of shimmy - I had my thrust arm bushies replaced back in October when I bought the car, before I decided to do all this sort of work myself.

--Micah O'C
'92 525iT

Finally reached the point where the susp will have to undergo surgery. I've read thousands of web sites, part catalogs, archive posts and I am still unclear.

I thought I'd post this question again, so please ignore it rather than sending me back to the archives.

Q: Should I replace the springs too ? (The plan was to replace only the front shocks, then it dawned on me to replace all of them)
Q: My shimmies are rather of the transversal type (ie, when cornering on bumpy surface, nothing under braking or acceleration). Should I replace both arms ? Are aluminum ones much lighter than the steel ones ?
Q: What would be a reasonable labor estimation ? (I read individual times on Bruno's site, but their sum is definitely not the correct answer)

Please reply privately if there is no public interest.
The Bavarian patient in question is a 93 535i 5spd, 98k mi most likely on original parts.

many thanks,

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