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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 05-18-2011, 12:35 AM   #1
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Question spring suggestion from self experience guys

would a 325xi 2003 fit a a 330i s 2003 sport spring?

why? and why not?
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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Yes, botaman has them on his xi.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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Yes, botaman has them on his xi.

yeaaa thats goood.... : )
i went and bought some used 330i sport spring used...i didnt want to go with aftermarket... its oem sport spring im going to install them... ill let ya know how it feels...
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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yeaaa thats goood.... : )
i went and bought some used 330i sport spring used...i didnt want to go with aftermarket... its oem sport spring im going to install them... ill let ya know how it feels...
Can you take pictures of the XI and RWD springs side-by-side?

If you brought both to a spring dyno to get tested I'd be your best friend.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:09 PM   #5
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Can you take pictures of the XI and RWD springs side-by-side?

If you brought both to a spring dyno to get tested I'd be your best friend.
of course... im going to take picture... =]


get spring dyno? what u mean? if they can hold pressure? shiit.... i try closing and stepping on them... seems pretty tight....


very small tough....
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:03 PM   #6
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so i changed my suspension... it looks pretty low.. i have the spring pictures....


but know i hear weird cracking. knocking noise... when im turning the car.... and sometimes on bumps... what could it be? how i check for failed SHOCKS? or it only could be REAR SHOCK MOUNT... what u guys think?
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:55 AM   #7
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Failed shocks would be leaking oil. Pretty noticeable actually. Another way to check is to go to each corner of the car and push it down. If that corner bounces then it's most likely the shock. I would probably say the shock went depending on the miles. I just had my rear shock went and I'm at 105k miles.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
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Did you take your car for an alignment after the drop? A good alignment shop will look over all the suspension components to ensure everything is tight, still has life left and capable of holding the alignment.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:06 PM   #9
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Failed shocks would be leaking oil.
Nah.

I think the oem Sachs are gas shocks, not oil filled.

Either way, they can definitely fail without showing an oil leak.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:13 PM   #10
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All gas shocks have oil.

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Nah.

I think the oem Sachs are gas shocks, not oil filled.

Either way, they can definitely fail without showing an oil leak.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:51 PM   #11
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Yea my rear leaked oil everywhere, it's a oem from what I can see.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:26 AM   #12
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i dont think my shocks or bad.... they feel good over bumps... but im trying change the fron SPRING -> and freaking lower screw that holds the strut on the bottom... does not want to come out... "freeze off" WD-40.... impact gun...


what else could i use to take it off?
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:01 AM   #13
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i dont think my shocks or bad.... they feel good over bumps... but im trying change the fron SPRING -> and freaking lower screw that holds the strut on the bottom... does not want to come out... "freeze off" WD-40.... impact gun...


what else could i use to take it off?
Get some penetrating fluid. WD-40 is not going to get it off, you need liquid wrench or something of the sort.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:35 PM   #14
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i dont think my shocks or bad.... they feel good over bumps... but im trying change the fron SPRING -> and freaking lower screw that holds the strut on the bottom... does not want to come out... "freeze off" WD-40.... impact gun...


what else could i use to take it off?
When you get them out, be sure to use new ones. And use anti-seize.

Hit it with penetrating fluid then whack the area with a hammer to free up some rust. Use the impact wrench to get it out.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #15
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soooo yeaaa finally... i just did all for springs... lool... taking for alignment...


i just rly realized w out alignment... the car seems to roll around a lot... u feel as if the car is dancing on the road....

so i guess after i get the alignment done, i will feel much better? riight...
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