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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 04-14-2011, 08:07 AM   #1
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XI Touring Springs/dampers...

I want Eibach springs and Koni dampers for an 01 325XIT. I have searched and found no one speaking of Springs for an XIT. Tirerack.com does not have them specifically for XIT but they do for the Sedan but I also see an ebay auctions like this one that list the same spring for both.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/EIBAC...ht_2381wt_1165

The Eibach website is not specific about it either way

So whats the deal? Is the XI and XIT spring the same? How about for the Koni's Anyone have experience with the XIT?


Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #2
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No response.... So I just called EIbach and no the XI springs do not fit the XIT and in fact they dont make any to fit. Sweet.. Other alternatives?
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #3
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Ok I am talking to myself but someday someone we see this an thank me.
I went ahead and bought H&R Sport springs made specifically for the XIT, $264.00 shipped on EBAY. After some research I found there is no difference between XI and XIT Koni's, I bought them on Tirerack.com for 554.00 shipped.

Hopefully the H&R's are not too stiff, I will update with my impressions.

Total 818.00. Not bad but I hope it makes a world of difference. Its going to be cool to tune the Koni's I have had a lot of suspension experience from Moto but never on a auto.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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Good job! Your post will definitely be useful to others, thanks. I also have a 325 XiT
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:31 PM   #5
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I have the Dinan Performance Springs for the xi and it is great!
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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I have the Eibach Pro Kit on my 02' 330XIT...!
http://performance-suspension.eibach...ormance_guide#
I'm sure they'll fit your 325XIT.

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Old 04-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #7
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I just purchased Powerflex FCABs also because I am getting some pulling and shuddering under braking, hopefully that will help too..
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Powerflex FCABs
Huge handling upgrade. Do the RTABS too- you won't regret it.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:07 PM   #9
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You might a also consider H&R Xi Touring springs...

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:30 AM   #10
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I have finally done the upgrades and it wasnt easy! First I had to contend with a broken bolt that pinches the shock onto the strut. Had to bring it to a machine shop where they welded up the bolt enough get a hold of it with a vice grip. The best 17 bucks I have ever spent. The OEM FCABS were almost impossible to remove. I used a press on the first and resorted to cutting out the second one.
The talk of H@R springs being to stiff is not true. They are very supple on smooth edged bumps like a puddle/hole on a dirt road. They are a bit harsh when you encounter a sharp edge like where the pavement was cut to place a new culvert and only dirt was put in its place.

Once it was complete I am very happy with the results. The work cleared up many problems including.

Massive pull to the right under braking
Shudder at initial clutch initiation.
Vibration at 65mph
Massive weight distribution which caused an over steer at highway speeds.

I cant believe how much better the car is and quite frankly make me feel the car was dangerous to drive before the work.

big sigh of relief!

pics to come

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Old 07-05-2011, 03:39 PM   #11
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Can't wait for pictures! Want to do the same with my car..
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:54 PM   #12
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Ok here are the pics


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Old 07-05-2011, 04:03 PM   #13
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:14 PM   #14
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nice, fwiw, you can also get H&R XIT springs at tirerack.. I emailed them and they have them on hand, just not listed on their website (they will update that soon though)
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