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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 09-03-2009, 05:32 AM   #41
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This is for the Front/Rear adjustable sways for the e46 XI? Or just the adjustable rear?
Front and rear
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:41 AM   #42
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Front and rear
Link please to the product.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:47 AM   #43
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Upgrading the rear bar will decrease understeer & body roll. Both very good things for XI's. Of course there is a limit on how big of a bar to get - too big and your rear inside tire will come off the ground in a very hard corner, making it quite difficult to accelerate out of that corner.
correct. Also - I have the Dinan rear sway and have no complaints about it whatsoever.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:09 PM   #44
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Link please to the product.
http://www.racingdynamics.com/Locali...tm#Stabilizers
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:17 PM   #45
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I was checking realoem.com, on there the front sway bar are the same shape. Is this true? Can anyone confirm this?
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:58 AM   #46
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:39 AM   #47
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I'm considering the TMS sway bars to reduce understeer that seems to have been introduced when lowering my car with Bilstein sport stuts and shocks and H&R sport springs.... Also using a ACS Strut brace in front (no brace in rear).... Seems to be considerable understeer. was looking to upgrade sway bars (front and rear) to re-balance car. Could just also be that I'm pushing the car harder with the upgrades..... LOL..... Thought/suggestions? Not running camber kits, so camber is -2.5........
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:14 AM   #48
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Ok so Racing Dynamics seems to be the only company that makes a front sway bar for xi's, and they make a rear sway bar specifically for xi's. Is there any benefit in buying the racing dynamics rear sway bar, because the Hotchkis rear sway bar is thicker and I was under the impression that for the most part thicker = better.

And if I did decide to get a Hotchkis rear sway would it be bad if I then got a Racing Dynamics front sway bar, or is a sway bar a sway bar and it doesn't matter if I mix and match brands?
Bavarian Autosport sells sway bars for the xi as well.
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just go with the rear!..front wil be alot of oversteer
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #50
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Bavarian Autosport sells sway bars for the xi as well.
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:17 PM   #51
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I am looking into the Xi rear swaybar.. if I hear anything good I wil pass it along... nothing personal but i dont talk about doing somthing and wait.. I follow through on it. Appreciate all the reasearch from everyone on the topic!
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #52
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Bavarian Autosport sells sway bars for the xi as well.
I went to their web..nothing listed for xi..no swaybars..only swaybar bushings WTH?
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don't ever get anything bavarian auto suspension related from them... most expensive lesson for me owning my car. their business practice is that they simply buy their products from some random german company who designed these components for our car "albeit" never fully tuned, tested, or R&D them for practicality, performance, or consistency. I went through a nightmare trying to get my bavauto springs and removal costs reimbursed to me way back in 2003 when I was new to the e46 and XI scene. Although they fit, their springs sit higher than stock in the front and an inch lower in the rear too. their reps were baffled and they have no clue about the XI platform and simply purchased the springs from the manufacturer based on their word.

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Old 03-10-2011, 04:50 PM   #54
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I am looking into the Xi rear swaybar.. if I hear anything good I wil pass it along... nothing personal but i dont talk about doing somthing and wait.. I follow through on it. Appreciate all the reasearch from everyone on the topic!
The rear sway bars between the rwd models are interchangeable so any sway bar for a rwd car would fit. Although you really want to do you research, the last thing you want is to want to install a system using a range of components only to find out they are not acting in coherence with each other. I was about to purchase both Dinan front and rear sways a year ago and convert my car to a signature 2 dinan 3 before I discovered the joys of e30s and their money pit nature (currently being dinaned up as well). you can get pretty sweet deals from them from time to time but I believe they are moving away from the e46 platform rendering all their chassis products into a unicorn

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Old 03-10-2011, 05:33 PM   #55
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thanks for the info.. I will do more pricing..my buddy focalX has hotchkis and swears by them, I think turner motorsport and uuc. Wil pass along any info...ok lets get this standard...front stock swaybars area 27mm and rear are 21mm...I wil order 21mm rear or 22mm with powerflex bushings and new lemfroeder swaybar links for rear and new for front..NO NEW SWAYBAR for front only links and bushings..
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For the record, I think you should buy the H&R rear bar from Turner for $209. It fits perfectly, has 3 holes per side (so 5 different settings), and comes with very nice bushings that are similar to powerflex bushings, but don't need to be lubed. It doesn't clunk like the UUC bars. I don't have experience with other rear bars, but it shouldn't make much of a difference what brand the bar is. They all do basically the same thing- same design as oem, just stiffer. You will need new rear sway bar links, most likely. I'd leave the rear links attached to the oem bar, just in case you need to reinstall it or sell it.

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Old 03-13-2011, 02:41 PM   #57
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Talked to them last fall. Never went into production.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:00 PM   #58
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For the record, I think you should buy the H&R rear bar from Turner for $209. It fits perfectly, has 3 holes per side (so 5 different settings), and comes with very nice bushings that are similar to powerflex bushings, but don't need to be lubed. It doesn't clunk like the UUC bars. I don't have experience with other rear bars, but it shouldn't make much of a difference what brand the bar is. They all do basically the same thing- same design as oem, just stiffer. You will need new rear sway bar links, most likely. I'd leave the rear links attached to the oem bar, just in case you need to reinstall it or sell it.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-26...r-for-e46.aspx
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Thats the ones I was looking at..I shopped online for over three hours. Turner has the best deal..they are very reliable too. I just ordered new swaybar links from pelican..heres the next challenge...ok.. The diagram on pelican calls for 23.5mm for front of my XIT and the rear are 20mm....what size should I get? i want the stability for my vehicles rearend( lol-its ass!) but how much I dont want to over do it. they offer 21 mm, 22mm, 23mm ...
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Talked to them last fall. Never went into production.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:28 PM   #60
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I've got the H&R rear bar set to medium. It helped dial out some understeer on my otherwise stock suspension with stock wheels/tires. Bought mine from Turner. Install was a bit tricky without a lift (since you've got to meander that bar around the axles and exhaust) but didnt take much more than an hour with some basic hand tools.

I wouldn't recommend a front bar unless you're going to set that one softer than the stock rate.
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