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Old 05-01-2018, 04:07 PM
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Charlotte, NC - Help with Coilover Install

Like the title says, I need some assistance. I bought the Tein Street Basis Z coilovers and though I've done suspension work before, this is a bit more involved and on a different type of vehicle.

Wondering if anyone in Charlotte of close by would be willing to assist. I can provide pizza and/or wings and beer. Even willing to come to you if you have tools. My tool collection is not extensive, but I generally have enough. I have a small compressor but no air tools.

I want to get this done, let them settle and get an alignment before I buy tires for my new wheels. All of this needs to be soon or I'll have to buy more factory size tires and I don't want to do that.

Oh and if you've wrapped your window trim and want to help with that I'm there too
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I'd help, but I don't have a free weekend until mid June.

Good luck, install should be straight forward, but I say that having only done springs/shocks on my G.
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:53 PM
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Yeah, I believe I have to use the factory tophats for the Street Basis. Maybe it's just the one bolt that is causing concern then... Thanks anyway Lego
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I'm guessing your car is a dd? Do you have a spring compressor?
If the car is from OH, you might need air tools.. How big is your air compressor?
If it's a southern car, then you should be ok without air.

Where are you located? Even being in charlotte, you might be an hour+ from some of us.

Also, I haven't done any suspension work on a G myself, so I'd only help as muscle, really. Better read up on multiple how-tos
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:50 AM
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I'm guessing your car is a dd? Do you have a spring compressor?
If the car is from OH, you might need air tools..

Car is from Texas. Had it shipped up here from there

How big is your air compressor?

2 or 3 gallon

If it's a southern car, then you should be ok without air.
Southern car

Where are you located? Even being in charlotte, you might be an hour+ from some of us.

I'm at 49 and 485 - Not too far from Harrisburg. But willing to go to whomever knows how to help

Also, I haven't done any suspension work on a G myself, so I'd only help as muscle, really. Better read up on multiple how-tos
Definitely reading up on the how tos
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I'm not too far from you - 39 x 485.
How long can you go without the car? I've seen a lot of suspension installs (not specific to Gs) and they NEVER go as planned. A lot of times it takes 2+ days.
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Originally Posted by kiseliok View Post
I'm not too far from you - 39 x 485.
How long can you go without the car? I've seen a lot of suspension installs (not specific to Gs) and they NEVER go as planned. A lot of times it takes 2+ days.
You're doing something wrong if it takes two days, or drinking a lot of beer

You'll need a spring compressor to disassemble the fronts to get the top hats. IDK about the Basis, but I didn't need a spring compressor to reassemble the Swifts with the shcoks

Rear is easy, no spring compressor needed.

Getting the lower bolts off is the most difficult. But you can always use an box/open end wrench (6 point is best) and put a hydraulic jack under the open end and jack it up to break the bolt free.
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Originally Posted by kiseliok View Post
I'm not too far from you - 39 x 485.
How long can you go without the car? I've seen a lot of suspension installs (not specific to Gs) and they NEVER go as planned. A lot of times it takes 2+ days.
I plan to either do it one day during the week or take a Saturday and do that, swap my rear pads and rotors, maybe trans and differential d&f. I have my e46 if things really go bad, but it's a Southern car and I think with a little PB Blaster the night before and proper tools I should be ok. That was the main reason I wanted another person around that was experienced with the install. I guess I'll just man up and get to it
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I have my e46 if things really go bad
Off topic, but I had an E46 before the G. What year is yours? Are you a member of E46fanatics?
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:26 PM
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Off topic, but I had an E46 before the G. What year is yours? Are you a member of E46fanatics?
Honestly, my G is the 1st thing outside of a Euro since probably 1997 or so. This one is a 2003 330ci coupe. and yes, I'm r2dMax on there as well and bimmerforums
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Yeah, I thought I would stay with a Euro, but wanted something a little more reliable. Although, I loved my 2002 325i and it had 212k+ miles on it when I got rid of it. IMO the E46 is one of the more reliable BMWs.
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This is my 1st. I've had 3 e30s: Coupe, saloon, vert
e39 Touring M Sport Manual
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Plus quite a few other euro brands
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Originally Posted by Lego_Maniac View Post
I'd help, but I don't have a free weekend until mid June.

Good luck, install should be straight forward, but I say that having only done springs/shocks on my G.
Still haven't done it... SMH

I got busy over the last month or so. I want this done and I hate paying labor for something I know I can do!
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