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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 06-17-2012, 02:21 AM   #1
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Drop Hats/Lower Spring Pads

Did XI owners get lower spring pads for the front too? I know we have a 5mm rear spring pad that'll take off some distance between the arch and the wheel.

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #3
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http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series

in case anyone wants to lower their car on a stock suspension. I've ran these on my e30 for over a year now and they are great. Looks like it can work for XI's to since their spring plates are idential to the AWD one.

combine this with a smaller rear spring pad (OEM)

and your car should return to the level of a I setup.

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Old 06-19-2012, 04:56 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good idea.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:42 PM   #5
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http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series

in case anyone wants to lower their car on a stock suspension. I've ran these on my e30 for over a year now and they are great. Looks like it can work for XI's to since their spring plates are idential to the AWD one.

combine this with a smaller rear spring pad (OEM)

and your car should return to the level of a I setup.
these look like e90 drop hats to me available at your local dealer for like $20
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:52 PM   #6
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these look like e90 drop hats to me available at your local dealer for like $20
no the e90 drop hats have a protruding center that eats into your shock's piston when you bottom out. It's been discussed in the e30 community. It actually sits 5mm less than the one bimmian sells. For us XI owners who want to get the most drop while retainin OEM setups, it might be worth while to pay a little extra.

in any event. I don't encourage anyone to get them yet. I'll be the guinea pig in the coming month when I do an inspection 2 on my car before handing it to my brother.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:55 PM   #7
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Those look really close to the E90 ones. I don't see the nasty centers you're talking bout... or maybe I'm not looking at the exact right spot. Either way in for info, the winter beater needs a ever so slight drop.

E90 Inside


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Old 08-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #9
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http://www.bimmian.com/Mechunik-Fron...W-E46-3-Series

in case anyone wants to lower their car on a stock suspension. I've ran these on my e30 for over a year now and they are great. Looks like it can work for XI's to since their spring plates are idential to the AWD one.

combine this with a smaller rear spring pad (OEM)

and your car should return to the level of a I setup.
sorry i meant to clarify that the protrusion is only noticeable when i compared it to e30 stock spring hats.

regardless. if you look at the munick ones, the designs are clearly different if you see how tall the it is and how deep the spring will sit into the pocket as opposed to the e90 drop hat. It's a bit hard to see because of the color and angle of the photos. The drop is there because if you google e90fanatics, a lot of members actually installed these on their cars to to deliver the drop their stock plate's couldnt do
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:17 PM   #10
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So these looked interesting, has anyone added these to in addition to and already lowered XI with Eibach/HR springs???
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Old 08-29-2012, 12:25 AM   #11
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I have a set of the OEM E90 hats, we had them in stock so I said what the hell. I'll try them out before the weekend. Just put new Bilsteins on the wagon and it raised back up to stock XI height...I really liked the sagging look haha...oh well
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #12
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I have these ready to go in but I went off to school so they will have to wait
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:30 AM   #14
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Koni Yellows/ Eibach ProKit were low enough in the front. I managed to break off my under body jack pad under the engine area with normal driving.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:27 AM   #15
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Anyone tried lowering spring perches on an XI? Let me know which one fits.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #16
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How has no one tried this yet? I'm so curious but don't want to find out that it won't work
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:11 PM   #17
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I have had a set sitting around for months still waiting to go in. I'm sure they work fine to give a slight drop on the front axle. There was a post on the E90 forums from months ago that showed a side by side comparison, try searching there for pictures.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #18
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kabooom did it. He said it will lower an xi to RWD height.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #19
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This is the response I got from Tam Nyguen from Supreme Power when I placed my order. "Thank you for your online order. We are unable to confirm that the spring perches will work on your 2003 325xiT. We can process the order but the item will be nonrefundable."

I am holding off until someone can confirm that they work.
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