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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 03-19-2014, 10:13 AM   #121
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Aftermarket shocks with stock springs won't be bad but remember that those shocks are designed for lowering springs so I question the point of doing this. FWIW, Bilstein HD shocks are designed for use with stock or moderate lowering springs. If you go with aftermarket springs with stock shocks, you'll wear out the shocks quickly.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:46 PM   #122
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Hey guys, a couple of months ago, I had a problem with my brakes so I had a mechanic look at it. While changing the brakes, he saw the the rear springs were cracked, so he suggested that I get new ones. Now, I was thinking about getting OEM replacement ones, but after lurking a bit on this thread, I changed my mind and now am thinking about getting some Eibach springs to lower the 325xi down to normal height. Would this be suggested, or would I have to get a whole new set of shocks and so on?
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:07 AM   #123
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Read the first post and then come back with your questions. I know for sure they are answered there.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:45 PM   #124
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I'm running H&R sport springs and getting bilstein sport shocks THIS IS THE BEST SETUP


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Old 04-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #125
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Do not run stock shocks on sport/lowering springs the ride will be ****


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Old 04-06-2014, 10:11 PM   #126
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I went with the HD bils ..stock springs...but as I was installing them I notice I needed a new control arm and I lost a boot clamp @ ds shaft inner...I pulled it back and a bunch of water poured out...ordered one from napa...and I also ordered new stoptech rotors and brake kit...must all be installed before w I redo my alignment ......

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Old 04-07-2014, 02:26 AM   #127
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Read the first post and then come back with your questions. I know for sure they are answered there.
Sorry about that. I guess it missed it the first time I read through it, my apologies.

So the consensus seems to be Bilstein shocks with either H&R or Eibach springs. The first post said that H&R would be more intense of a drop compared to Eibach so the ride quality will suffer. How much so, and would it be worth it?
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:14 AM   #128
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I have the H&R sport springs yes they are stiffer then stock and yes they are 500 times better then stock and no it's not to low, as long as you use bilstein sport shocks I believe it is the best setup for the "xi" for the price you can't go wrong Click image for larger version

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Old 04-08-2014, 10:41 AM   #129
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Help wight a link to how to remove headlight unit that has weather package...

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Old 04-09-2014, 12:35 PM   #130
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New control arms new disc & pads...new ds axle ...and motor mounts completed my whole brand spanking new suspension...the car is driving great feels new...

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Old 04-14-2014, 08:42 PM   #131
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My car has the craziest rear suspension combo, but the ride is awesome.

Bilstein F4-BM5-B570-H0 (BMW E36 M3 REAR B16) w/ adjustable damper

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Rogue Engineering Articulating Spring Perches for adjustable ride height.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:53 AM   #132
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Sorry about that. I guess it missed it the first time I read through it, my apologies.

So the consensus seems to be Bilstein shocks with either H&R or Eibach springs. The first post said that H&R would be more intense of a drop compared to Eibach so the ride quality will suffer. How much so, and would it be worth it?
I've been running H&R Sport and Bilstein Sport for 6 years now. The drop put you right around the height a sport package e46 would be. The ride quality is stiffer than stock, but I think people exaggerate how stiff it is.

I drove a couple sport package e90 335s last week and I would say ride quality on them was about the same as mine is on my current set up. Mine may be a touch harsher on big bumps, but not much.

Also, I got my shocks before people were reporting issues with XI rear Bisteins leaking and using e36 shocks instead. In the 6 years I've had them I have had no issues with leaking, so maybe there was just a temporary quality problem for a little.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:05 PM   #133
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I'm on H&R street coilovers and they're awesome. Love the ride that it gives which isn't too harsh. The handling is also top notch. Definitely worth the purchase!


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Old 06-07-2014, 11:11 AM   #134
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I slammed my car.. And it still rides pretty well, of course it's a little harsh on big bumps but other than that the ride is pretty comparable to stock..


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Old 06-07-2014, 04:31 PM   #135
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My front axle boots keep tearing. Only lowered with recommended springs for wagon. What's the issue?
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:39 AM   #136
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Hey everyone,

First off, thanks to all the contributors in this thread, such a great resource for all of us!

Second - does anyone have any recommendations on where us fanatics north of the border can pick up Eibach springs / Koni shocks up in Canada? Shipping from the usual sponsor sites tends to skyrocket once you get the border involved.

Thanks for the insight!
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:49 AM   #137
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Is there anything similar to an H&R Cup Kit? I want to lower my XI about an inch, kind of to a 330i sport height.
I was wondering if there would just be a kit I could buy that would have everything I need. If not, then I will probably be going with Eibach Springs and Koni Struts/Shocks.

I will also be doing my front lower control arms in this same DIY day on my calendar
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Old 06-27-2014, 04:58 AM   #138
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What is the part number for the bilstein sports for front and rear?

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:19 PM   #139
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so has anyone tried the FK coilovers? They are less expensive than springs & shocks. OOS until Aug on ECS however
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:50 PM   #140
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so has anyone tried the FK coilovers? They are less expensive than springs & shocks. OOS until Aug on ECS however
I'm wondering the same thing, bumpp!

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