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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 05-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #21
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Loving the ride height! Keep us updated on the wear of the axle boots and other suspension related components. Can you describe the ride quality any better? Also where did you buy the coilovers from? I can't seem to find a site selling them. I'm planning on getting FK's for my car in a week or two.
Vmaxx is a uk company. I got the last set from the only us dealer. I wouldn't recommend them. They are kind of cheap. The car handles in turns better then stock. But obviously the ride quality is crap. They are on the softer side for coilovers. I'd personally prefer a stiffer ride quality to prevent bottoming out


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Old 05-06-2013, 10:05 PM   #22
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Um...xi's come with them from the factory. They get stuck to the sheet metal.
Well that's interesting. I've clearly mixed information from both XI and the General forum with lots of "I" posters. I assumed tower mushroom issues were shared by all.

Perhaps the factory thought with the additional weight XI's have, reinforcing the struts was a good plan? Or maybe they thought these babies would be used off-road blasting through mud bogs?

Either way, this is a great addition to the thread I started years ago: "XI Facts, Fiction, Tips and What-nots". Will repost it to include this item. Glad no one ordered the rings! Thanks Kubica.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:39 PM   #23
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Well that's interesting. I've clearly mixed information from both XI and the General forum with lots of "I" posters. I assumed tower mushroom issues were shared by all.

Perhaps the factory thought with the additional weight XI's have, reinforcing the struts was a good plan? Or maybe they thought these babies would be used off-road blasting through mud bogs?

Either way, this is a great addition to the thread I started years ago: "XI Facts, Fiction, Tips and What-nots". Will repost it to include this item. Glad no one ordered the rings! Thanks Kubica.
I came close to ordering those suckers. And come to think of it, I now remember when reinstalling the struts seeing two layers of sheet metal when I was installing the nuts and didn't think anything of it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:51 PM   #24
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Went to vmaxx website and they show no product for the xi
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:38 PM   #25
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:58 AM   #26
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Re: My lowered XI

How many miles so far? How's the axles holding up?

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:55 AM   #27
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Well that's interesting. I've clearly mixed information from both XI and the General forum with lots of "I" posters. I assumed tower mushroom issues were shared by all.

Perhaps the factory thought with the additional weight XI's have, reinforcing the struts was a good plan? Or maybe they thought these babies would be used off-road blasting through mud bogs?

Either way, this is a great addition to the thread I started years ago: "XI Facts, Fiction, Tips and What-nots". Will repost it to include this item. Glad no one ordered the rings! Thanks Kubica.
I just found this out yesterday as well. My guess would be that it is part of the "rough road" package that came standard on XIs
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:16 AM   #28
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How many miles so far? How's the axles holding up?

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I put in new axles right before I lowered it. It's been around 20,000 miles and no issues so far. Eventually the boots will give out because the ridges rub on each other more with the extreme angle. What I did was unclamped the boot and slid it down the axle shaft and reclaimed it. This stretches out the boot so the ridges don't bind as much. Will make it last a bit longer.


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I put in new axles right before I lowered it. It's been around 20,000 miles and no issues so far. Eventually the boots will give out because the ridges rub on each other more with the extreme angle. What I did was unclamped the boot and slid it down the axle shaft and reclaimed it. This stretches out the boot so the ridges don't bind as much. Will make it last a bit longer.


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Is there still a strong seal? From how you explained it, it sounds like you slid the boot further down to somewhere it was not designed to clamp. If this is the case you will most likely be leaking grease as there is a large amount of centrifugal force trying to force the grease out with the wheels spinning. This would make your axle fail much more quickly as you would be low on grease in the joint and it would make it easier for contamination to get in. Having the boot stretched out further than it was designed to be will also likely put more stress on it.

Given that you said you are already getting a vibration from your axle it sounds like they may be failing already.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #30
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Is there still a strong seal? From how you explained it, it sounds like you slid the boot further down to somewhere it was not designed to clamp. If this is the case you will most likely be leaking grease as there is a large amount of centrifugal force trying to force the grease out with the wheels spinning. This would make your axle fail much more quickly as you would be low on grease in the joint and it would make it easier for contamination to get in. Having the boot stretched out further than it was designed to be will also likely put more stress on it.

Given that you said you are already getting a vibration from your axle it sounds like they may be failing already.
It's kinda just how it is. I'm a full time mechanic. So if an axle starts to fail. It's no issue for me to just replace it. If your worried about all this stuff. Then don't lower it.


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It's kinda just how it is. I'm a full time mechanic. So if an axle starts to fail. It's no issue for me to just replace it. If your worried about all this stuff. Then don't lower it.


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I already am lowered, not saying anything is wrong with that, although I just did have to replace both front axles...
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #33
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Its okay to lower an xi but op took it too far. Now he cant even drive it on a highway
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:38 PM   #34
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #35
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I have my xi for trade or sale, I'm going to get a rwd BMW to avoid any issues. I don't want the problems to deal with, if they were to happen.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:49 PM   #36
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I put in new axles right before I lowered it. It's been around 20,000 miles and no issues so far. Eventually the boots will give out because the ridges rub on each other more with the extreme angle. What I did was unclamped the boot and slid it down the axle shaft and reclaimed it. This stretches out the boot so the ridges don't bind as much. Will make it last a bit longer.


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I had to do this with my E30 325ix years ago. It was my mechanic's idea and it worked great. After that I didn't have to change a boot out for the rest of it's life. And it saw a lot of track time too!


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Old 05-12-2013, 03:26 PM   #37
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Its okay to lower an xi but op took it too far. Now he cant even drive it on a highway
When did he say he couldn't drive it on the highway?
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:55 AM   #38
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i think your car looks awesome - not too low at all!
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:38 AM   #39
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my touring has been lowered on Koni yellows and Dinan springs for over 2 years with no issues at all. If anything there is less stress on the axles when lowering an xi. Nice looking Xi btw.
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