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Old 07-26-2008, 12:41 PM   #115
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Originally Posted by sbuoncri View Post

I just bought an 03 touring so I was really stoked when i found this thread. I'm in the midst of doing up the suspension and I'm working on getting together the info for a manual conversion. I wanted to ask: where did you guys find your oem m-tech II bumpers? I'm apprehensive to do non oem but what do you guys think about the rep bumpers? I also wanted to ask if anyone runs ZHP springs on theirs (i'm looking for some moderate springs so I can still use my tow hitch).


There are some on-line dealers like Tischer that sell the OEM bumpers as a kit and offer a discount to E46 Fanatic members... http://directory.e46fanatics.com/sit...onsor&SpCId=90

ZHP springs may actually raise the front of a Touring from stock sport package height because the 325 is lighter than a 330 in front. Some of the Touring owners have used BMW OEM Rubber Spring Pads to raise the rear back up if it is too low for towing or when loaded after installing aftermarket springs.

Here's the BMW part numbers for the Rubber Spring Pads...
They I cost about $10 each.

E46 325It - 5mm - 33531136385
E36 325i - 7.5mm - 33531136386
E36 325i - 10mm - 33531136387
E46 325ix - 15mm - 33531094754

Stock Wagon size is 5mm.
I had a pair of 15mm that I tried with Eibach Pro rear springs and they raised it back up to about stock Sport Package ride height.
I hear H&Rs are just a little taller in the rear so you may want try the 10mm if the stock 5mm size is too low.

Here's another good Touring Mod thread to check out... http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=522195
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