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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 12-01-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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Arrow springs? Wheels? suspension?

hey guys, i was thinking about getting new wheels/ suspension/ springs for my 01 330xi. The reason is because it is all wheel drive, the suspension/springs makes it sits a little higher than other bmws. i was just wondering how much i should lower it/ which springs i shud get to make it more normal or lower than normally. And with which wheels. Also im not trying to break the bank here.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:19 AM   #2
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Also im not trying to break the bank here.
Uhhh what's your budget...?
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:50 AM   #3
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The reason is because it is all wheel drive, the suspension/springs makes it sits a little higher than other bmws.
REALLY??? NO way!

To sum up all the other threads on this:

If you want comfort + performance - a little lowering = Eibach springs with Koni shocks/struts.

If you want performance + lowering - comfort = H&R springs with Bilstein shocks/struts

If you have money, just do coil overs.

No matter what you decide, get an alignment after you're done and you might as well replace all the bushings while you're in there.

Don't slam it, it will do quite a number on your front drive train.

Wheels are up to you, don't go staggered as it will give you more understeer.

Good luck.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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I have Bilstein HD shocks and struts, with H&R springs, dropped it about 1 to 1.5 inches. Some people like Eibrach springs if you drive on alot of bumpy roads.

All in all I spent less than 500 for the suspension. Check Bavauto.com for the shocks and struts. Bunch of folks on the forum have springs.

I'm also planning on getting 17" rims, 18" will fit but I like the 17's a bit better
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:12 AM   #5
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I've got a set of H&R Sport springs from my e46 xi sedan, you can see the ride height in my sig.

I have only driven ~15,000 miles on these springs. Send me a PM if you'd like them, I'll set you up!
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #6
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I've got a set of H&R Sport springs from my e46 xi sedan, you can see the ride height in my sig.

I have only driven ~15,000 miles on these springs. Send me a PM if you'd like them, I'll set you up!
What rims are those on your ride?
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:00 AM   #7
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He's got M6 Reps on there.

Im sittin on Bilstein Sport Shocks with H&R Sport springs, the drop was around 2". That left a 2 finger gap front and rear with 18in rims on.

If you still want a comfy ride, go with koni yellow w/ Eibach or the dinan stage 1. The drop will not be as much as what i got but it wont be as harsh. I personally dont think the ride is harsh, but others on here want their cars to drive like Cadillacs.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:12 PM   #8
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+1.

In regards to this, I want the stiffest setup I can find. FK konigsports or the HR sport cup kit are possible candidates.

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He's got M6 Reps on there.

Im sittin on Bilstein Sport Shocks with H&R Sport springs, the drop was around 2". That left a 2 finger gap front and rear with 18in rims on.

If you still want a comfy ride, go with koni yellow w/ Eibach or the dinan stage 1. The drop will not be as much as what i got but it wont be as harsh. I personally dont think the ride is harsh, but others on here want their cars to drive like Cadillacs.
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