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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 12-23-2009, 01:09 AM   #1
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3XX xi suspenssion help

i just installed new sport bilstein struts and eibach pro kit springs(1.2 "drop) on my 325xi , according to both manufactures all should be working together just fine, well not really. the ride comfort its not bad even with 18"rims (m6 replicas) but driving little faster and hitting bumps the base on strut its hitting the top mount .http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/...s/banghead.gif bangs really bad . i look on the strut travel and its no more than 1.5 inches that will do it. anyone have this kind of problem? i'm carious if installing stock springs ( i don`t have them anymore) will give me little more strut travel. any suggestions ?
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:17 AM   #2
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First and foremost, are the springs/shocks for an xi?
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:30 AM   #3
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im sure about the struts and according to eibach web the springs are made for xi. i run this springs on stock struts and was fine , it was time to change so i made mistake and got heavy duty struts and the ride was harsh so i contacted guys from bavauto and they said this sport struts are meant to be working with shorter springs , now they telling me i cant return them , lol that`s tbs.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:20 PM   #4
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I believe the bilsteins have a bumpstop built into the struts. I think you are supposed to either remove or cut the oem bumpstops.

Can someone confirm this?

I believe there should have been instructions that came with the struts.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:56 PM   #5
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alright, that`s a good hint. ill look into the instructions. i didn`t install the old bumps but how to explain the strut travel ?its not even 2 inches
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:59 PM   #6
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wait, your nick is like the Polish F1 driver, are you form Poland? sorry for the wrong image it was oposite
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Old 12-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #7
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The bilstiens are very stiff shocks, so you will not be able to get them to more much with only your own weight. DJ is correct about the bilsteins having a bump stop built in, so you don't need the stock on.
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