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My H&R springs finally arrived and I found a shop that will do the swap for me without having to pay $160 an hour to the local dealer.

HOWEVER, apparently you have to remove trunk linings, rear seat, and rear deck lid in order to change out the rear springs and the shop doesn't want the liability of tearing into the interior.

I had JUST FINISHED my Escort SR7 install and IPOD adaptor install. I had the interior all ripped apart and now I have to tear into it again.

Question is, does anybody know how to take those rear side bolsters out? (The part of the seat back on each side by the doors that stays up when you fold the seats down.) I have fold-down seats and I've got the rear seat bottom out. There is a clip at the bottom of the side bolsters but I don't know how it works.

If anyone has done this I would appreciate some feedback here! Any other tricks I need to know in order to get the rear deck out would also be appreciated. Essentially, I need to do the interior part and the shop is willing to do the rest so anything I need to know in order to do my part would help.

THANKS!!! :1zhelp: :1zhelp: :1zhelp: :1zhelp:
 

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Ok, well with all the wonderful responses (ha ha) I did figure out how to get the rear side bolsters out. Unfortunately that didn't help. Still can't figure out how to get the rear decking out and that is what is covering up the shock bolts!

Anybody......?????
 

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I have not attempted this on an E60 M5 yet. But I would assume it would remain similair to the E39. You need to undue one bolt per side on the bottom of the side cushion. Once that is out, you can pull the side cushions out. After this is done, pop the rear seat interior lights on the side C pillars off and remove a screw that holds the side pillar on. Remove side pillar carefully and then you should be able to get access to the rear deck shelf. Not hard to do, just time consuming. I hope this helps. Let me know if I am way off base here as well please as I said, have not put springs in an E60 yet.
 

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I did get the side bolsters out, it's easy once you figure it out. You just have to jerk real hard at the top and then they come loose at the bottom.

Also figured out that once you get all the linings out of the trunk you CAN get to the shock bolts without removing the rear deck. It's tight, but there is enough room for a socket wrench.
 

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Interesting info. Thank you for keeping us updated.
 

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You DON'T need to take the rear seat out!

I did the install a few weeks back. You can access the rear top mounts from the trunk. You will need to remove the rear side trunk linings which is pretty straight forward.

There are foam spacers between the top mount and the body which come out. When removing, take care not to tear the foam and note that the EDC wire is held within the foam.

There are four nuts for each top mount. It is pretty tight in there and you'll probably need an assortment of wrenches, ratchets, and sockets.

Note that the rear EDC wires do not unplug at the strut top like the fronts!
There is a plug 4 - 5" up the wire which must be undone!

It is all pretty straight forward, good luck and have fun!
 

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You DON'T need to take the rear seat out!

I did the install a few weeks back. You can access the rear top mounts from the trunk. You will need to remove the rear side trunk linings which is pretty straight forward.

There are foam spacers between the top mount and the body which come out. When removing, take care not to tear the foam and note that the EDC wire is held within the foam.

There are four nuts for each top mount. It is pretty tight in there and you'll probably need an assortment of wrenches, ratchets, and sockets.

Note that the rear EDC wires do not unplug at the strut top like the fronts!
There is a plug 4 - 5" up the wire which must be undone!

It is all pretty straight forward, good luck and have fun!
THANKS! I did figure most of this out last night and re-assembled the seats and the portion of the rear deck that I had apart. Should be all downhill from here!
 
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