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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 03-02-2011, 02:52 PM   #1
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Question Suspension and Braking Question

I know the answers to my questions are probably on here but i've read through a couple threads already and just am not finding what I need. So forgive my ignorance . . .

Looking to replace the suspension on my 04 325Xi, mainly im just looking for the most comfortable ride possible and also a suspension thats long lasting, any handling improvements are just a bonus.

I was thinking the Bilstein B6 Heavy Duty (HD)
http://cart.bilsteinus.com/search/mm.../drivetype=AWD

and for the springs, I was thinking the Eibach PRO-KIT Performance Springs
http://performance-suspension.eibach...ookup_products
(Got to put in year and model to see results)

Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated.

Also I was under the impression that Tischer made replacement brake sensors for the e46, am I mistaken? If so what are the best replacement brake sensors without blowing $60 a piece for OEM and also wheres the best place to buy them from?

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Old 03-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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Koni shocks/struts and Eibach springs seems to be the best setup for the xi in terms of little bit of lowering and still maintaining the comfort. Bilsteins seem to get reviews of being too harsh for a daily driven car unless you drive on smooth roads. If you don't care about lowering, just get a stock suspension...it'll be the most comfortable.

Tischer doesn't make anything, they are simply a vendor for OEM parts. If you go on ECS tuning (another vendor) has them for $20 a piece, you will need two.

Fronts: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...w_All/ES61971/

Rears: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...w_All/ES61947/

Good luck.

Oh just kidding, you have a 325xi... The sensors might be different for the 325 but I'm not sure. Check in on that, you can just change your model on ECS and it'll pull up the right part for you.

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Old 03-02-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Koni shocks/struts and Eibach springs seems to be the best setup for the xi in terms of little bit of lowering and still maintaining the comfort. Bilsteins seem to get reviews of being too harsh for a daily driven car unless you drive on smooth roads. If you don't care about lowering, just get a stock suspension...it'll be the most comfortable.

Tischer doesn't make anything, they are simply a vendor for OEM parts. If you go on ECS tuning (another vendor) has them for $20 a piece, you will need two.

Fronts: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...w_All/ES61971/

Rears: http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...w_All/ES61947/

Good luck.

Oh just kidding, you have a 325xi... The sensors might be different for the 325 but I'm not sure. Check in on that, you can just change your model on ECS and it'll pull up the right part for you.

I have Bilstein HD's and nobody has called the ride in my car harsh.

You need 2 brake sensors TOTAL: one front and one rear to clear up any confusion.

I've found Pelican the best place to buy OEM (but not OE BMW) parts:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...pg4.htm#item12
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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Yeah, Bilstein HD's not to be confused with their "Sport" model are softer flavors. Both popular spring kits will lower the car requiring alignment etc. I've read factory springs last up to 150K miles so I'll probably just upgrade the shocks.

+1 on Pelican they always get the orders right, never a worry.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:52 AM   #5
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Also I was under the impression that Tischer made replacement brake sensors for the e46, am I mistaken? If so what are the best replacement brake sensors without blowing $60 a piece for OEM and also wheres the best place to buy them from?
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Tischer doesn't make anything, they are simply a vendor for OEM parts. If you go on ECS tuning (another vendor) has them for $20 a piece, you will need two.
We are a BMW dealership selling only genuine BMW parts/accessories through our site at www.getBMWparts.com - and at nice discounts too!!

The genuine BMW brake sensors for your vehicle are:

34356751311, front, $16.54
34351164372, rear, $17.44

You'll need 1 of each! If you'd like to order, just pop in those part #s on our site.

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Old 03-05-2011, 01:27 AM   #6
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thanks for the help with the brake sensors, as far as springs i'm still undecided though, kw, eibach, stock, any other options?
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Sorry to jump in, but I thought you were not suppose to run HDs with lowering springs? Or can they handle the Eibach Prokit spring because the drop is pretty minimal/it only drops the XI to standard "sport" drop height?
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Sorry to jump in, but I thought you were not suppose to run HDs with lowering springs? Or can they handle the Eibach Prokit spring because the drop is pretty minimal/it only drops the XI to standard "sport" drop height?
Yeah. I asked that question to a Bilstein rep (in person) and he said the HD's are good to go for a .75" drop. Not quite sure how much the Eibachs drop, but H&R springs are much more than .75".
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