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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 09-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #21
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Finally did the fronts this past weekend. Went fairly well. Got the spring compressor from Autozone as part of their ******a-tool program. The only issue I ran into was that on the drivers side, the old strut was stuck onto the knuckle so I hit it with a hammer and it released so quickly that my front left cv axle popped apart and the boot ripped.

Luckily, my local Advance Auto Parts had one in stock, on a Saturday! Put a new one in and changed the front differential fluid while I was it and the vehicle seems good.

It is my wife's car so I am waiting for a report after a couple of days of driving and it settles.

The only other thing I need to do suspension wise is put new swaybar end links as they would not come off cleanly and I broke them. They should be here this week from RockAuto and I'll put them on next weekend when I fix my oil leak.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #22
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OK. After a week, the fronts definitely didn't lower. I had put in all new parts including bump stops. It seems that the bump stops are filling the whole gap between the top of the strut and the car. Did others have to trim them? I called Eibach and they said that usually if they need trimming the instructions would say so.

When the wheels are on the ground, pushing on the top of the fender, the car doesn't move. The rear, it does.

I am open to suggestions.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #23
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OK. After a week, the fronts definitely didn't lower. I had put in all new parts including bump stops. It seems that the bump stops are filling the whole gap between the top of the strut and the car. Did others have to trim them? I called Eibach and they said that usually if they need trimming the instructions would say so.

When the wheels are on the ground, pushing on the top of the fender, the car doesn't move. The rear, it does.

I am open to suggestions.
I cut my bump stops by 0.5" to 1.0" when I installed my Eibachs. You will need to cut them.
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