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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 03-05-2014, 04:08 PM   #61
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Had to fix this UGLY A$$ woodgrain trim. I **** woodgrain trim...looks so out of place in this car.





Plasti-Dip Aluminum looks so damn good



very impressed with the quality

I know a lot of people think plasti-dip is cheap and a waste but i've used it for wheels and trim and other things and have been very pleased with it.
btw, the cracks were in the trim and the plasti-dip didn;t cover em

Very cool idea, looks really good. Was it pretty easy to figure out how to take out the interior panels? I want to do the same
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:02 AM   #62
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^ They just pop off. Use a trim pry bar and take them out. Make sure you replace the red things that hold them in when you put them back though.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:45 PM   #63
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Very cool idea, looks really good. Was it pretty easy to figure out how to take out the interior panels? I want to do the same
yeah it's easy to do but go slowly b/c if you break off the spikes on the back of the trim it'll never fit right again.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:11 PM   #64
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yeah it's easy to do but go slowly b/c if you break off the spikes on the back of the trim it'll never fit right again.
I did it too quick and so I just glued the plastic brackets in place with super glue and it holds fine.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:13 PM   #65
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I am done with all the inside the car work (management and lines) but I am about to move on to the air lines and the lines for the e-Level sensors. How do I straighten the plastic lines that came all coiled in a bundle?
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:51 AM   #66
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the easiest way is to roll them out flat. like pretend its a wheel and roll it on the ground. if it was warmer it would be easier. those lines have like a "grain" that they follow. HURRY UP I need to see where you mount your sensors so I can do it too!
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:13 PM   #67
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I was using a heat gun and we have one of those hot (think hot tea) water dispensers. Both worked well on making pliable for a few minutes.
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I am done with all the inside the car work (management and lines) but I am about to move on to the air lines and the lines for the e-Level sensors. How do I straighten the plastic lines that came all coiled in a bundle?
got bigger problems with stupid rusted bolts to deal with (i'll post a full update soon)

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the easiest way is to roll them out flat. like pretend its a wheel and roll it on the ground. if it was warmer it would be easier. those lines have like a "grain" that they follow. HURRY UP I need to see where you mount your sensors so I can do it too!
i wanna see where u mount sensors too!

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I was using a heat gun and we have one of those hot (think hot tea) water dispensers. Both worked well on making pliable for a few minutes.
heat gun sounds good if you're careful
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:50 PM   #69
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:57 PM   #70
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:16 PM   #71
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the easiest way is to roll them out flat. like pretend its a wheel and roll it on the ground. if it was warmer it would be easier. those lines have like a "grain" that they follow. HURRY UP I need to see where you mount your sensors so I can do it too!
SOOOO - it turns out the Air Lift nylon lines that came from Bagriders is much easier to use. Not stiff and shiny like the air lines that came from Accuair.

So, running the lines to the front will be less of a hassle than I have been assuming.

I have been looking at 100s of other installs of the sensors and looking at my car specifically (esp the lack of room inside the inner quarter due to me having 19x11 et25 wheels.

I am going to measure the travel (hopefully later) and determine whether I am mounting the sensor to the control arm or the rear subframe.

I will take pics - I know I need to get around 2.5" of travel (not too much or the sensor will break

Dan - have you made any progress on yours?
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not really I've been at work doing all these inspections because city hall is getting antsy. so my whole kit is sitting in the garage. hopefully in the next 2 weeks I'll knock it out
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:47 PM   #73
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lines and sensor wiring run to the front - nice and clean and hopefully no problems down the road

I did not play with the rear sensors - I let myself get distracted with getting the front ready
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:34 AM   #75
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Very cool idea, looks really good. Was it pretty easy to figure out how to take out the interior panels? I want to do the same
I definitely want to know how the plasti-dip holds up to the abuse of being on a shift knob.
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Old 03-18-2014, 12:09 AM   #76
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rear suspension done, wheels back on and interior all back together
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Old 03-19-2014, 08:17 PM   #77
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I definitely want to know how the plasti-dip holds up to the abuse of being on a shift knob.
oh i pulled the plasti dip off the knob a day after i did it. i picked at it too much like a scab...lol
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:01 AM   #78
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PROGRESS!!! PROGRESS!!! PROGRESS!!!

so my parts came in and this is how they were packaged




one of the mounting cups for the rear bags was missing so they made me two brand new ones and sent them out asap.



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PROGRESS!!! PROGRESS!!! PROGRESS!!!

so my parts came in and this is how they were packaged




one of the mounting cups for the rear bags was missing so they made me two brand new ones and sent them out asap.



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Old 03-24-2014, 01:07 AM   #80
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so the wagon has been down for about a month and I've been miserable.

The build originally was put on hold for the following reasons:

I moved to a new state
had to find a new job
make new friends with tools and knowledge to help me
buy parts to replace the old worn out stuff

So i was driving the car as is and then the shock decided to blow out on me.



This prompted me to start working on the build ASAP.

...and then I hit a snag


was removing bolts to pull out old suspension and add in bags and the damn bolt sheared right off

after many many attempts to remove it with my extraction kit and penetrating oil i gave up and decided to take off the entire assembly.




unfortunately, i was unable to remove the axle nut with a breaker bar and my muscles so i had to wait until a friend brought his bad as electric impact wrench and pulled both sides off for me.
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