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Old 01-01-2014, 10:25 PM   #21
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^ I do have some skills but don't trust myself...especially when it comes to suspension. LOL Yes, I've seen the youtube videos from Bavauto and seems pretty simple.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:59 PM   #22
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If you're going to hit the track occasionally and don't want to sacrifice a lot of ride quality, I would get bigger sway bars before lowering springs. Noticeable handling improvement and you don't have to get a $100-150 alignment after you've spent $500+ on shocks/springs. Keep in mind, most places won't align lowered cars let alone BMWs. If the lowered look is what you want, by all means do it! Also, if you're getting an alignment you should by all means replace LCABs, LCAs, and probably RTABs as well. Those things and sways will yield a huge huge improvement over lowering springs. Just my $0.02, good luck!


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Old 01-03-2014, 10:47 AM   #23
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If you're going to hit the track occasionally and don't want to sacrifice a lot of ride quality, I would get bigger sway bars before lowering springs. Noticeable handling improvement and you don't have to get a $100-150 alignment after you've spent $500+ on shocks/springs. Keep in mind, most places won't align lowered cars let alone BMWs. If the lowered look is what you want, by all means do it! Also, if you're getting an alignment you should by all means replace LCABs, LCAs, and probably RTABs as well. Those things and sways will yield a huge huge improvement over lowering springs. Just my $0.02, good luck!


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This is a very good point. Larger sway bars make a really big difference in handling without compromising the ride much at all. Of course we don't currently have any XI specific bars at the moment for E46. And it doesn't change the appearance at all and on an XI getting rid of the 4x4 look seems to be quite desirable.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:59 PM   #24
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If you're going to hit the track occasionally and don't want to sacrifice a lot of ride quality, I would get bigger sway bars before lowering springs. Noticeable handling improvement and you don't have to get a $100-150 alignment after you've spent $500+ on shocks/springs. Keep in mind, most places won't align lowered cars let alone BMWs. If the lowered look is what you want, by all means do it! Also, if you're getting an alignment you should by all means replace LCABs, LCAs, and probably RTABs as well. Those things and sways will yield a huge huge improvement over lowering springs. Just my $0.02, good luck!


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My springs and shocks are blown. That's why Iam changing mine not just for handling.


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My springs and shocks are blown. That's why Iam changing mine not just for handling.


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LCAs and LCABs are most definitely shot too, then. Change them before the required alignment. Highly recommend this.

Jack up a front wheel and I bet you will be able to wiggle it around an inch or so. Maybe not since you have Xi, I don't have much experience with them. My X5 isn't bad yet..


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Old 01-04-2014, 06:01 PM   #26
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LCAs and LCABs are most definitely shot too, then. Change them before the required alignment. Highly recommend this.

Jack up a front wheel and I bet you will be able to wiggle it around an inch or so. Maybe not since you have Xi, I don't have much experience with them. My X5 isn't bad yet..


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I have changed them in the last two months


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Then lower your car and have fun. Throw some sway bars on for a real improvement. Enjoy your E46.


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Old 01-04-2014, 09:31 PM   #28
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Then lower your car and have fun. Throw some sway bars on for a real improvement. Enjoy your E46.


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I plan to! Just using a lot of money for the springs and all so maybe this summer


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