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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 07-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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f/s 325xiT Bilstein Sports and H&R Springs - Cheap

Got some coil-overs on the way, wanted to go lower even though this setup rides great.

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-Front 325xi specific Bilstein Sport Shocks, less than a year old (rears not available)
-Set of 325xiT specific springs, cut one front dead coil, provides nicer stance, no harm in performance (over 10k miles driven like this so far).

SOLD

I could leave the front struts complete with bump-stops and mounts/bearings to allow for easy installation (ie no spring compressor) if you cover the cost of replacing these parts (they are all less than a year old).

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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What do you mean by cutting one front dead coil? Is it just one coil off one front spring? Both front springs? Also, I am correct in thinking this will also fit a 330xi?
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:39 PM   #3
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Confused. Your running that setup in the front and the springs on the factory struts in the rear?
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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What do you mean by cutting one front dead coil? Is it just one coil off one front spring? Both front springs? Also, I am correct in thinking this will also fit a 330xi?
both springs and replied to your pm
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Confused. Your running that setup in the front and the springs on the factory struts in the rear?
Nope, I have adjustable e36 m3 pss9s rear shocks in the back that i'm keeping just buy two rear bilsteins and you'll be set.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #5
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Sorry to say, since you cut part of the "dead loop" off each spring, the springs are really only good for their small value in scrap steel. By cutting part of the spring off, they will not sit in either the top spring perch or the lower spring perch (depending on which end you cut and then installed) correctly. Not "locking" into both perches, the springs can rotate. Also, springs are made from heat-treated steel, no matter what method that was used to cut them, some of the heat-treat/temper was taken out of the springs and they will pre-maturely fail. Yes in the very early days of hot rodding, to lower a car guy's cut the springs. Then they started using springs from other models that were shorter and/or had springs made. Today, you can buy a set of lowering springs that will fit the perches, there is no need to risk failure of the springs and damage to other parts by cutting springs.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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Sorry to say, since you cut part of the "dead loop" off each spring, the springs are really only good for their small value in scrap steel. By cutting part of the spring off, they will not sit in either the top spring perch or the lower spring perch (depending on which end you cut and then installed) correctly. Not "locking" into both perches, the springs can rotate. Also, springs are made from heat-treated steel, no matter what method that was used to cut them, some of the heat-treat/temper was taken out of the springs and they will pre-maturely fail. Yes in the very early days of hot rodding, to lower a car guy's cut the springs. Then they started using springs from other models that were shorter and/or had springs made. Today, you can buy a set of lowering springs that will fit the perches, there is no need to risk failure of the springs and damage to other parts by cutting springs.
Happy you made it to my thread Tom, a little rubber tubing around the top coil (the one that was cut) ensures that the spring is very snug on the upper spring perch. Also I don't see these "failing" any time soon. Thanks for the concern though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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What kind of rubber tubing did you use? having the same issue and would like to cut the spring to lower the fronts a little more. thanks.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #8
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try e90 drophats first, they are pretty cheap, otherwise just use some heater hose.
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