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Am I missing something or is there a trick to these getting flipped off/over the bracket they sit on?

 

I can get some leverage to move them with my fingers but the little tag - especially on the rear bracket - at the top of each bracket is just not letting me release the rubber hanger over the top. I am assuming this is how they are released.

 

Any tips appreciated. Funny, most of the more difficult tasks seem to be going fine for me on the front and rear suspension rehab - some of these little things vex me though LOL! I should have paid more attention in metal shop all those years ago.

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Perseverance paid off. Though I noticed in pushing up on one of the metal bracket that attaches to the plastic insert and thereby removing tension on the rubber hanger so I could slip it over the tab on the bracket attached to the body, it split the central part of the hanger.

This may be a occupational hazard removing these when they are a little weathered ... not sure.

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Now much hammering and jiggling to come, to get the exhaust off.

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Good job!!  But hah... wait till you have to get those bastards back on. Even worse!

 

A friend with extra hands to push, pull and wiggle things is a plus

 

I also just did two cars and found not all hangars are made equal. Some were sooooo stiff I tossed them back on my parts pile and ordered genuine BMW. Seemed to  be more pliable

 

Randy

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Thanks Randy.

Funny thing is, per my earlier comment regarding the typically more difficult tasks not tricking me up as much as some simpler ones, after popping these hangers off the exhaust come off very nicely.

All the hydraulics disconnected with no trouble, shocks top nut came off simply, driveshaft-to-diff bolts undid with a bit of grunt required and both the subframe and diff bracket bolts loosened up without tearing a muscle - a few more turns and we are ready to lower the whole thing tomorrow.

Cars ... they can vex you sometimes.

And I did contemplate when looking at the exhaust laid up in the corner after I put the tools away today, that yes it will a bugger to put those hangers back on.

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Don't you guys have one of these tools?   Available at Pelican parts and makes installing and removing the hangers a breeze.    dq

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3 hours ago, coloincaalpine said:

makes installing and removing the hangers a breeze.

 

Good to know.  Thanks.  I've struggled with the hanger but there are much worse actors IMO.  The upside is that you can be sure they won't pop off once they are installed properly.

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