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Old 04-14-2011, 03:03 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by trizzuth View Post
When the temps are warm, but still cool, about 50-60 degrees, it seems like the sweet spot for my 330. She just seems to run so perfectly at that temperature for some reason and purrs like a kitten and seems to pull all day long through the RPM range..

anyone else ever notice this?
I was thinking the same thing to myself on the ride to work this morning. Engine had a nice growl.

Originally Posted by trizzuth View Post
Very very interesting read. Did the guy at Bilstein you spoke to give you any insight as to why the rear shocks were so problematic?
Yes, he mentioned high side-load forces causing the rear Bilstein's to fail. Much more common failure on the xi's than RWD e46's. I'm not positive, but I think "high side-load" forces are present when taking corners quickly.

FYI- The front bilsteins have a very low failure rate.
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