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Old 02-28-2017, 11:33 AM   #1
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shock/strut assembly

i have an 01 325xi and i am over due on shocks. when it comes to shocks i have absolutely no clue what im am talking about. but i know i want to replace the whole assembly. any recommendations for what to buy?

i would love to get a sport suspension and lower it a little, but at the same time i dont want to break the bank.

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Old 02-28-2017, 12:26 PM   #2
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Do you want to lower your car? There are sets on ebay for $280 for set of coil overs.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:42 PM   #3
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my car is already fairly low due to my shocks being so shot. i would like it to be lower a little more than it is now, so yes. what all does the set include?
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:44 PM   #4
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my car is already fairly low due to my shocks being so shot. i would like it to be lower a little more than it is now, so yes. what all does the set include?
There is link to one for $280 there are other choices all a way to $1000
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BR-Coilovers...1Yb65o&vxp=mtr
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:48 PM   #5
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Yeah get the cheap eBay coilovers for your xi. That's the smart thing to do.


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Old 02-28-2017, 12:49 PM   #6
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is that sarcasm???
It's not..... contact Rob43 if you want to lower your car with QUALITY parts
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:05 PM   #9
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Please, please don't buy a $280 "eBay" coilover kit. They are a waste of time and money.

Here is the standard starting point: a new set of OE Sachs struts (front) and shocks (rear) will cost about $500 or more. That's just shocks and struts, and doesn't include springs which would be another $500. When your original suspension would cost $1,000+ to replace, what would you expect from a kit that costs about 1/4 that?

Add on new nuts, bolts, strut and shock mounts (if worn out), and that's easily another couple hundred bucks.

Sachs is the Original Equipment supplier. Bilstein are also a very good alternative. Good luck.
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^ Shock mounts/washers will definitely need to be repalced due to rust if it's that old. I would replace every single that the goes onto the strut/shock. Not worth the hassle taking it all out, having the car on air and you're missing a part because you can't remove it from the old strut/shock
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What ever you buy, remember the xi suspension is different from the RWD cars and are not interchangeable. Lowering too much will wreak havoc with your front axles so contact Rob43 and use his recommendations.
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Old 02-28-2017, 03:58 PM   #12
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I went with Koni sport shocks (yellow, single adjustable) and Eibach Pro springs and loved it on my 325xiT.
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Old 02-28-2017, 04:32 PM   #13
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^ Shock mounts/washers will definitely need to be repalced due to rust if it's that old. I would replace every single that the goes onto the strut/shock. Not worth the hassle taking it all out, having the car on air and you're missing a part because you can't remove it from the old strut/shock
I agree with Jake. In the front, replace everything but the springs (but pre-inspect the springs because some folks in areas of the country that experience rust have had springs break. It's not an epidemic, but it behooves you to check.

In the rear, inspect the springs and pads. Replace everything between the upright and the coachwork (shocks, boots, mounts, gasket).

If you want to lower the car there are good quality lowering springs available. You can also get coilovers, but the cheap coilovers...

Look, if all you care about is lowering your ride, any POS kit will do. If you care about performance or you care about ride, don't waste your money on cheap coilovers. You'll be wasting your money.

It's not a hard job, just time consuming. Plan on taking your time and don't get frustrated. It's actually easy enough. You'll want a floor jack and jackstands as well. I'm about to do this soon on my touring. I'm installing coilovers because I got a great deal on a truly brand new set (the box was still wrapped with the banding). I'm replacing everything already mentioned, in this case including the springs because they are coilovers. It's a little harder in the touring because the back end interior needs a lot of disassembly.
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There is link to one for $280 there are other choices all a way to $1000
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BR-Coilovers...1Yb65o&vxp=mtr
Please stop posting this nonesense. Spend some time learning and researching before you even suggest to others what they should buy. I've read all your threads and posts and am not impressed with your lack of knowledge.
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I have eibach sport pro kit springs with koni suspension, great set up


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Old 03-01-2017, 07:46 AM   #17
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The reviewer looks like he's 15 and more excited about the stickers that came in the box.
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The reviewer looks like he's 15 and more excited about the stickers that came in the box.
This. I practically vomited when I saw this




But for the OP, check out these links:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/32...77&m=20&page=1

https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-32...ension/Shocks/

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This. I practically vomited when I saw this









But for the OP, check out these links:



https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/32...77&m=20&page=1



https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-32...ension/Shocks/



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