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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 04-18-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Suspension Question

Get guys I wanna stance out my 2003 325xi
I'm going to be investing on the Silverline Coilover System!

But before doing so, do you guys have any recommendations on changing any parts seeing that the car will be fairly low. (I recently changed the front axles)

And like many other drivers i hear a clunking noise when i hit a bump or hole on the street. Don't know if it's the endlinks, bushings, or control arm...

Any tips would definitely help, thanks!
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:05 AM   #2
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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I'm parting out my konigsport adjustable coilovers. Let me know if your interested.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:38 PM   #4
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If you are thinking on putting coilovers on a XI . Theres only one thing you should be aware . Your car will start giving you problems with axles due to the lowering of the car . Remember our cars have doble differential and they can not be lowered so.much .hope helps

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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If you are thinking on putting coilovers on a XI . Theres only one thing you should be aware . Your car will start giving you problems with axles due to the lowering of the car . Remember our cars have doble differential and they can not be lowered so.much .hope helps

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I'm not to familiar with how differentials work or how it affects the lowering ;(

But i've seen some pretty nice stanced out xi's.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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I know but they are axles prones most of the time . Let me ask u do u live where you have snow ?

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Old 04-19-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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I know but they are axles prones most of the time . Let me ask u do u live where you have snow ?

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Nope lol, in Miami there's sun 365 days a year
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:47 PM   #8
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Nope lol, in Miami there's sun 365 days a year
Get rid of that car and buy a RWD "i". xi is for snow.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #9
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Get rid of that car and buy a RWD "i". xi is for snow.
Well I'm kinda stuck with it now, I've put in some money on it! I wanna work on it :-) plus its red my favorite color!

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:35 PM   #10
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Get rid of that car and buy a RWD "i". xi is for snow.
lol I must have missed the sign when I moved back down to FL.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:43 PM   #11
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lol I must have missed the sign when I moved back down to FL.
Lol we both did :'(

But I really like the car I have new rotors and pads for all 4 and new axles. I believe I also have a small vcg leak...slightly leaking

But besides that the car is fine, just getting the car in shape to stance it! Love me a stanced car :-)

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #12
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I'm still confused about the whole debate on lowering an XI or not.

I've seen people drive a slammed XI for many miles without a problem, while there's this guy i've seen change the axles 8x already.

Is there a way to "beef" up the suspension before stancing the XI?
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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I'm not to familiar with how differentials work or how it affects the lowering ;(

But i've seen some pretty nice stanced out xi's.
Read up. You're making a very risky change to look cool
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #14
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Read up. You're making a very risky change to look cool
Lol believe me i'm searching hard

it's just very mixed, and i'm not trying to be cool. I just love stancing a car. IMO it looks so much better. I'd give up ride quality for looks.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #15
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Lol believe me i'm searching hard

it's just very mixed, and i'm not trying to be cool. I just love stancing a car. IMO it looks so much better. I'd give up ride quality for looks.
Lol so much contradiction. You're not trying to look cool, but doing it because it looks better and would give up ride quality for looks...
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #16
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I have KW V1s on my car and I do enjoy them. I have them set so my xi looks like a regular i, possibly a bit lower. Basically, not slammed by any means.

Here's what it comes down to: if you can't DIY CV boots, then don't do this. My outer boots crack all the time. Legitimately 3+ times a year. I've gotten to the point when I'm very good at replacing these ($26 from pelican parts), so it's not a big deal. But honestly, I'm considering raising my car back up to stock 4x4 status. It's just not worth it to me at this point. But then again, it really does make my car look so much better.

My axels themselves are holding up great, but the angle is pretty extreme. Looking at it under load looks pretty unnatural. I will most likely switch it back to xi height. Then again, if the boots wear out at the same rate, then I'd just keep it lowered.

TL;DR prepare to DIY your front CV boots on the reg

Oh also, I had a clink (not clunk) and after tons of parts, it's ended up being my rear brake pads (one of the metal tabs was bent and causing it to slap the rotor occasionally)

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:05 PM   #17
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I have KW V1s on my car and I do enjoy them. I have them set so my xi looks like a regular i, possibly a bit lower. Basically, not slammed by any means.

Here's what it comes down to: if you can't DIY CV boots, then don't do this. My outer boots crack all the time. Legitimately 3+ times a year. I've gotten to the point when I'm very good at replacing these ($26 from pelican parts), so it's not a big deal. But honestly, I'm considering raising my car back up to stock 4x4 status. It's just not worth it to me at this point. But then again, it really does make my car look so much better.

My axels themselves are holding up great, but the angle is pretty extreme. Looking at it under load looks pretty unnatural. I will most likely switch it back to xi height. Then again, if the boots wear out at the same rate, then I'd just keep it lowered.

TL;DR prepare to DIY your front CV boots on the reg


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Thanks for your response man I will definitely take your word when I buy my coils. And if the CV boot is cracking is the only issues, i have no problem with that.


But again thanks for giving me a clear response and being honest!
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #18
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My boots have cracked a few times in the 8 years I owned it and last week is the first time I have done anything to make it non stock. I see lowered cars all the time that are front wheel drive. Do they claim that their boots prematurely fail? Or are BMW boots crap compared to every other make? I never really seen real evidence that because my car now sits maybe, and I mean maybe a 1" lower that boots are going to fail faster or the car is going to just fall apart. Time will tell I guess. And I didn't lower my car because I thought it was "cool." Honestly it was time for a suspension refresh and the springs and shocks were cheaper. I have not modified my car until I did this lol.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:32 PM   #19
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My boots have cracked a few times in the 8 years I owned it and last week is the first time I have done anything to make it non stock. I see lowered cars all the time that are front wheel drive. Do they claim that their boots prematurely fail? Or are BMW boots crap compared to every other make? I never really seen real evidence that because my car now sits maybe, and I mean maybe a 1" lower that boots are going to fail faster or the car is going to just fall apart. Time will tell I guess. And I didn't lower my car because I thought it was "cool." Honestly it was time for a suspension refresh and the springs and shocks were cheaper. I have not modified my car until I did this lol.
Lol yeah, my car has 105k miles. It's time to change up everything and getting a suspension is a must and i like stanced cars like my old one before this one. So why not inb4bcuzxi
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:15 PM   #20
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I've had this "clunking noise" too, I ended up replacing both front axles, control arms and with no luck; fast forward a year and half it turned out to be my stabilizer links. I just installed KW's on my XI no more clunking and so far no issues.
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