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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 05-27-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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Bilstein Heavy Duty Shock

Can anyone who had used the Bilstein Heavy Duty Shocks all around tell me there exact experience with them? I need to replace my shocks, and I am still hesitant on these. I have seen some reviews but none of them have really captured the driving experience with them. I was going to go with Sachs for my '02 330xi w/ Sport pkg, but with these Bilsteins they are of course cheaper. If these don't fair out to be a good replacement, I will get the sachs. But if the Bilsteins can provide a really good ride, where it is not too stiff on the bumps and not fail after only a couple of thousand miles, I will get them.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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I'm very happy with my bilsteins and H&R sport springs. The ride is still comfortable like stock but it gives a much firmer feeling over bumps than the stock xi suspension,
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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Bilsteins don't hold up the northeast. Buy Konis- it's the only good option.
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Old 05-27-2015, 05:54 PM   #4
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OP, will you be using any of these choices with your current stock OE sport springs, or will you be changing out to lowering springs like H&R Sports or Eibach Pro-Kit springs ?


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Old 05-30-2015, 11:42 AM   #5
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I will be using them with stock springs, I am not going to lower my car
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Old 05-30-2015, 12:24 PM   #6
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I will be using them with stock springs, I am not going to lower my car
OK.

The Billy HD's are a solid choice & will last a long time (unless you own kubica's car), & when you order them for an xi you automatically get the upgraded E36 M3 rear shocks which are bigger & beefier at 46mm's. On the other hand, Koni Sports are a great choice too, 1) They're adjustable 2) They're on sale. Comparing the two would go like this: The Billy HD's/Sports which are Pre-Set would be like adjusting the Koni Sports to about their 80% stiffness setting. So if you would like the ability to go softer because you're staying with the stock sport springs which are not as demanding, Koni Sports might be the better choice. If you do buy the Koni Sports, buy the E36 M3 rear shocks because they're bigger & beefier at 50mm.


EDIT: I forgot, Koni Sports will keep the ride height exactly the way it is now, Bilsteins will raise it about .25" plus.



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Old 06-01-2015, 07:48 AM   #7
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I'm running billy HD's with the e36 M3 rears on stock springs on my 325xit wagon. Other then stock, I run powerflex xi specific CABS and 225/45 17 tires so I still have some sidewall deflection available. Old set up was stock. The wagons ride I would describe as medium firm and settled. I live in PA and our road suck but the suspension handles the pot holes well. No chatter or bump steer or jarring feedback. Handling is much better then the worn out oem. I can't speak for the other set ups mentioned because I haven't used them. I'm pleased with the setup and it works well and for a daily driver.
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