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longtran's Avatar DIY: changing out the rear struts
longtran
08-20-2006
ok guys, imma try my best to write this DIY changing out the rear struts. if i was to rate this DIY from 1 being easy to 10 being hard, i would say a 5.

1. get your tools ready. here is what is needed. (i could be wrong on the size, but you guys ge tthe pont)
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By xroads on 10-30-2013, 06:11 PM
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Thanks deadmn1337, I ended up replacing the LCA rubber mount on both sides.
I also replaced items 1 to 7 in diagram on both sides.
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By cdgatti on 11-08-2013, 05:14 PM
If you are replacing the lower shock mount, the one in the aluminum control arm,the 2 torx bolts are size e-12 external torx.
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By hoopvillian on 07-06-2014, 03:37 PM
I just replaced the struts on my e90. I don't remember the sizes of the sockets I used, but most of the sized described in this DIY and the front strut DIY are wrong. OEM struts from a 2007, the struts dated 3/1/2007 if I remember correctly. Sorry I didn't write down the sizes but I was powering through the install, it was hot in the garage.

To the guy that suggested the pass-thru socket set, THANK YOU. Such a time saver.
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By robbiec on 10-02-2014, 08:50 AM
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I just did this job on my 2006 325i sport package last weekend. This job is very easy, particularly compared to the water pump and thermostat I did last month! Anyway, I used Bilstein B4 p/n 19-135052. These are a perfect fit and a nice stock replacement. The hardest part of the job is actually removing and installing the interior trunk carpet panels. Buy an $8 trim panel fastener removal tool from Amazon! It is not difficult to compress the shocks by hand. For reference, I'm 5'7" 160 and sit in front of a computer all day. I replaced the upper and lower mounts, but this probably was not necessary if you are on a budget. The upper mounts especially looked and felt like new. BMW parts are really well made. All my suspension components are solid and like new after 9 years and 92k and 7 Boston winters. Except the shocks.
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