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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 10-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #1
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Suspension that keeps stock height

Hi,

I wish to switch back to stock height due to an indoor parking lot I can't clear. What type of setups keeps more or less a stock height with the ride quality as well? My stock shocks are done but still have my stock springs but could go for aftermarket if it keeps the height.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:05 AM   #2
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I think Sachs are the stockers.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:04 AM   #3
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Bilstien HD shocks. I've had them on mine with stock springs. Keeps stock height with just slightly firmer ride then stock. They are about 1/2 price of Sach I've been pleased with them and have had Zero problems for about 40K so far.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:36 AM   #4
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any shock will do.. koni bilstein manro kyb ... as long as you have your sport springs or non sport... the height is set by spring.

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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WTF kind of parking garage can you not clear with even a slightly lowered car?

As was said, any shock except Bilstein Sports will do just fine for you. Springs set ride height and for those, you'll have to stick with OEM.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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^ if he's putting on sport springs bilstein sports will be ok as well.. they have a shorter valve and have extra clearance for lower spring. he can still use them on regular spring. The HDs are very stiff.. plenty of ppl take sport over hd

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Old 10-29-2012, 10:33 AM   #7
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If you wanted to have options for lowering at some point, BC BR coilovers go as low as my sig shows, but can be raised to be HIGHER than stock...by a good margin. They are height and dampening adjustable and the preload doesn't change on the springs by adjusting height so ride quality won't change. You can set the adjustable dampening to be quite soft, softer than the stock sport shocks which produces a better ride than stock. Inversely, you can go very firm on them for a more sporty feeling.

Given the price, they are almost as affordable as just replacing the shocks. IMO it's a no brainer unless you need OEM for some reason or don't see a benefit in the slight additional cost.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #8
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Bilstein HD or Koni can be used with stock, eibach (recommended), or H&R springs (not recommended).
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:05 AM   #9
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^ if he's putting on sport springs bilstein sports will be ok as well.. they have a shorter valve and have extra clearance for lower spring. he can still use them on regular spring. The HDs are very stiff.. plenty of ppl take sport over hd

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If you wanted to have options for lowering at some point, BC BR coilovers go as low as my sig shows, but can be raised to be HIGHER than stock...by a good margin. They are height and dampening adjustable and the preload doesn't change on the springs by adjusting height so ride quality won't change. You can set the adjustable dampening to be quite soft, softer than the stock sport shocks which produces a better ride than stock. Inversely, you can go very firm on them for a more sporty feeling.


Given the price, they are almost as affordable as just replacing the shocks. IMO it's a no brainer unless you need OEM for some reason or don't see a benefit in the slight additional cost.



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Old 10-29-2012, 11:24 AM   #10
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #11
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Problem? Use your words.
No. Good to know that those coilovers will raise the ride height above normal but it doesn't apply to awd suspension at all . They don't make those coilovers for xi's. We only have a few suspension options.
Coilovers on the highest setting will still lower an xi by over an inch.
OP needs the stock height as he stated.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #12
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my mistake, didn't realize they wouldn't work for the xi's.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #13
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Love it when the RWD guys come in here with all the solutions for a RWD car...and then realize that most of it doesn't matter or fit on an Xi.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info guys.

I'm currently already on Bilstein Sport with H&R, that's why the car doesn't clear the badly designed indoor parking. I'd like to add that one of my rear stock springs is broken, so it would have to be replaced if I stick with OEM.

Some from what I've gathered, I have these options:

1. Koni + Stock
2. Koni + Eibach
3. Bilstein Sport + Eibach
4. Coilovers? Any model with the height flexibility and decent comfort?

Among these 3 options, how's the ride and the height versus my current setup?

Thanks!

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Old 10-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #15
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Thanks for the info guys.

I'm currently already on Bilstein Sport with H&R, that's why the car doesn't clear the badly designed indoor parking. I'd like to add that one of my rear stock springs is broken, so it would have to be replaced if I stick with OEM.

Some from what I've gathered, I have these options:

1. Koni + Stock - Ride and right height will be identical to stock. If you are going this route, I highly recommend Bilstein HD shocks instead of the Konis.
2. Koni + Eibach - Ride will be pretty much stock, height will be ~1.0in lower. Adjustable shocks should you need more comfort or more stiffness.
3. Bilstein Sport + Eibach - Same as above, no adjustment in shocks. If I had to do it again, I'd go this route to save some money.
4. Coilovers? Any model with the height flexibility and decent comfort? - No, this will lower your car too much. Also, you would have to get another alignment every time you change your ride height. There is also the potential requirement for camber plates depending on how low you go.

Among these 3 options, how's the ride and the height versus my current setup?

Thanks!
See above.

Your H&R springs broke? Those should have a warranty on them, I know the Eibachs come with a million mile warranty (so lifetime...).
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info guys.

I'm currently already on Bilstein Sport with H&R, that's why the car doesn't clear the badly designed indoor parking. I'd like to add that one of my rear stock springs is broken, so it would have to be replaced if I stick with OEM.

Some from what I've gathered, I have these options:

1. Koni + Stock
2. Koni + Eibach
3. Bilstein Sport + Eibach
4. Coilovers? Any model with the height flexibility and decent comfort?

Among these 3 options, how's the ride and the height versus my current setup?

Thanks!
You need to search. And I said above to use Bilstein HD with eibach springs.
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