Originally Posted by e90TiAg335i
Actually you can install them as pictured above without issue. The lower control arm is not attached and that's why the spring isn't seated. Once the control arm gets bolted up, the spring seats correctly. I've had mine mounted this way for the last 10 months and about 10k miles. Really just a matter of preferance and they are MUCH easier to adjust with the seats on top.
Thanks for clearing it up.
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