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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 09-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Bilsteins w/ Stock Springs

Is it possible to use stock springs with Bilstein shock/struts? I want to get a smoother ride and ditch the H&R springs. Thanks for the help.

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Old 09-13-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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As far as I know, it is definitely possible. It will return your ride height to what it was before you put in the H&R springs.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:38 PM   #3
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If you have bilstein sport no, if you have bilstein HD yes.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:15 AM   #4
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Don't use stock springs with the updated rear bilsteins. Only if you have the old HDs all around.

Just buy the eibach springs.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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I replaced my rear shocks with Bilstein HD and left my stock springs as-is. No issues.

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