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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 08-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #61
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Just fix your car and you can drive all of that distance instead of running it.
You crack me up.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #62
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hey ed and folks,

from the last few reads it sounds like the koni springs and shocks will give me a more comfortable ride than the oem ones? i personally don't care about ride height. in fact, i'de rather be higher than lower since i do a ton of commuting and tons of winter commuting. the extra clearance will always help.

i'm going to switch out the front and rears. the fronts have 98k on them now and are most likely going to go in 1-2 years anyways. time is money and i'de rather do it all now.

i'm hearing so much about so many different combo's i don't really know what to do. i've read, i've read again and i've reread and it seems everyone says something different.


things i'm looking for:
quality handling (oem or better)
comfort (oem or better)
durability (i'm willing to sacrifice comfort but not handling for durability)

welcome to more suggestions.

also: what other parts do ya'll suggest replacing. i'm sure it's more than just springs and struts. i'm sure all the little things here and there should be changed as well.

bests,

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Haven't done anything yet , but think I may go with oem shocks and struts. I am at 70 k and think its time to change them soon. Indy said my springs probably don't need to be replaced.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #63
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is tirerack really the best places to get these aftermarket parts?!?!?! no one else has found a better online vendor at better prices?

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Old 08-16-2012, 06:55 PM   #64
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is tirerack really the best places to get these aftermarket parts?!?!?! no one else has found a better online vendor at better prices?

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It depends on timing. I got my shox directly from Koni. At that time they were cheaper than tirerack. It might be best to make some calls. Some vendors might be willing to make a package deal for you.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #65
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It depends on timing. I got my shox directly from Koni. At that time they were cheaper than tirerack. It might be best to make some calls. Some vendors might be willing to make a package deal for you.
really? call them directly and ask for a price for a set of front and rears? interesting. i'll have to give this a wing when i get a moment next monday or tuesday.

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:33 PM   #66
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i know this is a stupid question. but what is the diff between wagon and sport wagon?

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #67
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so before i order, i just want a few voices of confidence.

i'm ordering koni sport struts and eibauc springs (regular, not sport correct?) for a sport wagon or regular wagon?

when it comes to all the other misc parts. do i just replace the oem ones? or do i need to get specific ones for these new struts? i plan on replacing some of the spring pads, gaskets etc.. listed on page 3 by edwagon. anything else?

thanks for the help. gonna also shell out for some new rubber and have townfair tire do the alignment after i install. never driven a car with all new suspension. should be fine going 15 miles to townfair right?

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #68
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As far as I know Eibach only makes sport springs. It's just what they call them.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:46 PM   #69
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thanks rick.. how do i know if i own a wagon or sportswagon?
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so before i order, i just want a few voices of confidence.

i'm ordering koni sport struts and eibauc springs (regular, not sport correct?) for a sport wagon or regular wagon?

when it comes to all the other misc parts. do i just replace the oem ones? or do i need to get specific ones for these new struts? i plan on replacing some of the spring pads, gaskets etc.. listed on page 3 by edwagon. anything else?

thanks for the help. gonna also shell out for some new rubber and have townfair tire do the alignment after i install. never driven a car with all new suspension. should be fine going 15 miles to townfair right?

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Don't go to town fair tire for an alignment. Go to a BMW specialist and have it done right.

www.bavarianperformancegroup.com They're in Winchester, you're in Medford right? That's much less than 15 miles too.

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thanks rick.. how do i know if i own a wagon or sportswagon?
No problem. Sport might be coded in the VIN. Maybe a BMW stealership could help you. Also, I remember seeing an online VIN decoder somewhere.
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #72
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Don't go to town fair tire for an alignment. Go to a BMW specialist and have it done right.

www.bavarianperformancegroup.com They're in Winchester, you're in Medford right? That's much less than 15 miles too.
thanks! but if i'm buying from townfair and they offer free alignment should i really be going to bavarian afterwards to spend another 150?

what if the person at townfair is a friend of a friend? is the machine that lower of a quality or are the technicians there that much less skilled.

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thanks! but if i'm buying from townfair and they offer free alignment should i really be going to bavarian afterwards to spend another 150?

what if the person at townfair is a friend of a friend? is the machine that lower of a quality or are the technicians there that much less skilled.

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Town fair paid BPG to install two tie-rods and align my car after they ruined my tie-rods trying to align it.

Buy your tires online and have BPG install them too. There's no reason to let anyone touch your car besides BPG- everything will cost more in the long run. Let town fair do the state inspection once per year.

They will give you the same alignment as me if you ask.
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No problem. Sport might be coded in the VIN. Maybe a BMW stealership could help you. Also, I remember seeing an online VIN decoder somewhere.
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http://www.rubmw.ru/vincode/eng/
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great!

thanks for all the info guys. do you think townfair will be decent at mounting and balancing? i have a set of rims i was going to have them put on. it would be much cheaper vs 40 bucks per tire from bpg. not to mention shipping costs. i like townfairs guarantee and always prefer to buy locally to support my local economy vs buying online. i'll have townfair mount and balance the tires then bring them to bpg for alignment (might even do the oil change special too! 35 bucks is a steal)

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #76
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Is there a good source for a kit with an OEM setup? I live in New England and DD my 325i year-round so Im anxious about lowering my car. I want to do front struts/springs and rear shocks and springs, mounts, perches etc. None of the parts suppliers that I've learned of on this forum seem to have what Im looking for. Is the Sachs OEM really that bad?

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Old 08-20-2012, 08:49 AM   #77
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You have reached the Xi forum, unfortunately we are away right now but would like to remind you that your suspension is entirely different from ours and our opinions and experiences will not reflect the results that you would get. Please try the general forum for your RWD suspension questions. Leave a message after the beep.

All kidding aside, yes Sachs is the OE manufacturer. I don't think it's available in a kit. You can buy the parts individually, there aren't that many of them.

Sachs shocks are not bad at all if you're not looking to lower.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:48 PM   #78
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i talked to my mechanic today. really trustworthy local guy and always takes care of me if i don't have time to do the work myself. he quoted me 150 for the fronts and 75 for the rears to do all shocks, struts etc. he said to take the car to townfair near us because they have a 150k machine and the guys at that shop are not nitwits like the other townfairs..

thoughts on 225 for labor for 4 shocks? i'm guessing it'll take me a full day to do all 4. first time with this car. not to mention the springs are a pain in the rear to compress without the machine.

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Old 08-22-2012, 08:51 PM   #79
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where are you guys going to buy koni shocks and ebauch springs? i'm not finding them on tire rack or pelican
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #80
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http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...Kits/ES252806/

can anyone tell me the diff between this set and a ebauch spring with koni shocks? ride quality etc? there really needs to be an informative thread about this stuff once and for all and have it stickied!

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