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      01-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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E93 Shock Replacement

OK, the E93's a touch more complicated than other 3's.

But really....

Your trunk [longtran's rear shock change DIY]

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My E93 trunk LEFT:

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My E93 trunk RIGHT:

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The area circled in red is cutout but covered in fabric - evidently upper shock mount access. Same on Left - cutout area a little darker color & same location as Right, above, but did not outline in red.

Who's changed rear shocks on an E93? Need direct & clean procedure!

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      01-24-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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Pop those clips off the black trim and remove the trim so you can remove the last piece of trunk carpeting. Then you will have access to the rear shocks.
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Pop those clips off the black trim and remove the trim so you can remove the last piece of trunk carpeting. Then you will have access to the rear shocks.
Thx, K - will give it a try today & feed back -
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The black trim covers the block that cradles your top when collapsed in the trunk. The L&R Blocks have to come out to pull your (grey) trim. Although it looks like the "cutouts" (your red circle) would give access to the top shock mounts - they don't, so no cutting.
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The black trim covers the block that cradles your top when collapsed in the trunk. The L&R Blocks have to come out to pull your (grey) trim. Although it looks like the "cutouts" (your red circle) would give access to the top shock mounts - they don't, so no cutting.
Got back to this after much attention to other suspension parts.

Now then. How do I remove the black trim [covers block]? 2 rivets, but how to remove? they're recessed....
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Work around: Snaked a 3/8 drive socket & extension in to remove both nuts - came right out:

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But to access the top mount, gotta remove one or more of the pictured rivets. Ya'll have a method or am I safe with a metal plug removal tool?

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I use a trim pry tool on those rivets but you can also use a flat blade screw driver to twist in between the rivet.
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I use a trim pry tool on those rivets but you can also use a flat blade screw driver to twist in between the rivet.
Bought plug remover/pry tool @ O'Brien Auto Parts - worked for the shallowest plug; some difficulty with left two, deeper recess. Piece covering upper shock mount still won't come out!

E93....what am I doin' wrong?

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Where is Bcube's post that you speak of? I'm stuck with the trunk panels as well, and want to avoid having to cut into my carpeting!
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Where is Bcube's post that you speak of? I'm stuck with the trunk panels as well, and want to avoid having to cut into my carpeting!

HERE -- scroll down for it
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Thank you for this - got it done!
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