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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 11-24-2010, 11:20 AM   #21
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My Ride: 2002 325xi
Year and body style: 2002 325xi
Setup being rated: Bilstein HD Shocks and Struts, H&R Springs
Additional aftermarket components:NA
Additional info: Car has about 1000 on this setup
Intended use of car: Daily Driver
Preferred ride style: Firm, but compliant. Northeast daily driver, took a little bit of time to get used to the bumps.
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Would you recommend this setup? Yes, I love the difference in the handling, still comfortable and smooth at highway speeds, small bump at bridge crossings, no bouncing.
Ride comfort: 4 (stock is 5)
Handling: 7 (stock is 5)
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:38 PM   #22
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Year and body style: 2003 330xi
Setup being rated: KW Variant 1 coilovers (lifetime warranty)
Adjustments: Ride height and alignment set to 330 ZHP specs.
Additional aftermarket components: 19x8.5 BBS with 225/35-19 Goodyear F1 tires (sticky summer tires)
Additional info: coilovers have about 25,000+ miles on it, I blew the passenger front shock and it was covered under the lifetime warranty
Intended use of car: Daily Driver
Preferred ride style: I enjoy spirited driving, taking some corners faster than I "should." I do love switching over to my dad's pickup where I don't have to care about avoiding potholes.
Would you recommend this setup? Handling, Yes. Comfort, Yes-ish. You can really "slam" your xi to where you'd be lower than 330/325i/ci on H&R cupkits, spring/strut combos, etc. The handling is beyond what I expected from the suspension. There's virtually no body roll (pretty sure the only movement is actually the sidewall in the tires when I try and shake my car) and understeer is drastically decreased. Part of this handling improvement is my wider wheels and tires too, so keep this in mind. The ride is pretty comfortable, but if you hit a bad pothole, it's gonna be rough--really rough. You have to avoid potholes and other junk and the ride will be fine. It's stiff, but not uncomfortably stiff. With a sport suspension, you have to expect a little roughness.
Price paid, including installation (if applicable): $1250 (now costs $1400ish)
Ride comfort: 7/10 (stock 9/10?)
Handling: 9/10 (stock 6/10?) no body roll, able to take turns much faster, and understeer is virtually gone.







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Old 11-25-2010, 07:47 PM   #23
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My Ride: 325xi
Year and body style: 2001 325xi
Setup being rated: KW V1
Additional aftermarket components:NA
Additional info: 19in rims, axle need replacing
Intended use of car: Daily Driver
Preferred ride style: slammed. Coils on it's lowest setting and only rubs on big bumps on front passenger wheel only
Would you recommend this setup? Hell yes, huge upgrade from stock suspension. Comfortable ride and I feel more confident when driving.
Ride comfort: 4 (stock is 5)
Handling: 8-9 (stock is 5)
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:37 AM   #24
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this thread is great, as soon as i get something other than OEM setup ill post up
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:36 PM   #25
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Here is my experience with Bilstein shocks, never again:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...highlight=tele

As I'm writing this my third set (in two years) of rear bilstein shocks has started to fail...!
I've always gotten new ones on warranty, but I'm tired of changing them.

So now I'm thinking about KW V1 and to hell whit the little comfort I had with Eibach/Bilstein :-)

As for this poll, I'll be back when the KW is on in the spring
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:09 AM   #26
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wow thanks for this thread... some awesome reviews here
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:06 AM   #27
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Nice car man, I like it , some day I will tray to lower it like yours.
On my personal opinion with the rims on black or gunmetal this car will be awesome
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:15 PM   #28
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Year and body style: 2004 330xi
Setup being rated: H&R Sport Springs/Koni Yellow adjustables
Adjustments: Front 1/2 turn from soft, Rear 1 turn from soft.
Additional aftermarket components: Summer - 18x8 ASA Revolution w Dunlop Z1 star spec. Winter - 17" stock w/ Michelin Aplin 3, Rouge Engineering RSMs
Additional info: This setup will destroy stock RSMs, even the heavy duty version.
Intended use of car: Daily Driver, AutoX
Preferred ride style: Firm and tight.
Would you recommend this setup? Absolutely, almost all understeer is dialed out. Next step is to upgrade rear sway bar from 20 to 22/23mm. Ride height is perfect for me. No problem with speed bumps, potholes.
Price paid, including installation (if applicable): $650 for struts, $200 springs
Ride comfort: 7/10 (stock 5/10?)I don't understand how you can rate the stock suspension as anything but mushy and disconnected from the road.
Handling: 8/10 (stock 5/10?) Very good considering weight of the car. There's just too much mass on these cars for it to be great.

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:11 PM   #29
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My Ride: E46 330xi
Year and body style: 2003 330xi
Setup being rated: FK Silverline Coilovers
Adjustments: Rideheight, cornerweighted
Additional aftermarket components: Rogue RSMs
Additional info: ~8k miles on this setup.
Intended use of car: Daily Driver
Preferred ride style: Willing to give up some comfort for good handling
Would you recommend this setup? The elimination of body roll is worth it alone, imo. Still get some understeer at the limit but a big improvement overall. The ride is actually not too stiff, but I live in an area with terrible roads and that does grind on you sometimes. But on good roads it's not too bad at all.
Price paid, including installation (if applicable):
Ride comfort: Bad Roads: 4, Good Roads: 7
Handling: 8 - No big negatives but I've owned much better handling cars so I marked this down a bit
Additional Notes: After 8k miles (on the coils) I had to replace a motor mount and a drive axle (just one). Some people will point to the lowering which I admit probably doesn't help. However I had the passanger boots replaced before I bought the car and then I later had to replace the driver side boots. Looking under my car it is clear the CV's have puked their grease out almost completely and there was most likely contamination and lack of grease before my coilovers. The motor mount baffles me though, I only have 73k miles.



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Old 12-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #30
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This was a perfect idea! whomever thought of this thread.....NICE JOb! reserve me a spot here for comments too. I have stock suspension, poerflwex bushings( control arms, and RTAB- nice difference!) and will have the bilsteins with new springs here after the holidays. I want a smooth comfy feel, I am a daily commuter but i am willing to give up some of that for some better handling. My stock system is getting beat and the springs are due for a replacement...... I reside in NewOrleans and the roads here are HORRIBLE! I do not want to lower it, the height assists me with the road conditions and flooding( lol).
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:22 PM   #31
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After seeing a bunch of yous guyses pics of the car I think my ass end is a lil low

I have more space between the front wheel and wheel arch than bewteen the rear wheels and arches. maybe about an inch or so.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:35 PM   #32
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After seeing a bunch of yous guyses pics of the car I think my ass end is a lil low

I have more space between the front wheel and wheel arch than bewteen the rear wheels and arches. maybe about an inch or so.
theres a fix for this. I have confirmed it works and does the job:
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http://www.supremepowerparts.com/143...(N54B30A).html

However they don't list the ones for e46 models though. I had to call and special order these and Im extremely happy I did. My ride height is now level with the rear.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:36 PM   #33
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If you look at stock cars they look like that, the fender gap is usually less in the rear on BMWs. I think it has to do with the fender design.

I have no gap in the back and about 1.5-2 finger gap in the front, but looking at my car the front of the side skirt is lower to the ground than the rear.

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After seeing a bunch of yous guyses pics of the car I think my ass end is a lil low

I have more space between the front wheel and wheel arch than bewteen the rear wheels and arches. maybe about an inch or so.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:43 PM   #34
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Anyone running Bilstein shocks/struts and Eibach springs? The usual convention seems to be Koni/Eibach or H&R/Bilstein. Just wondering anyone has tried to combine the two and what your opinion is on the set up.

I'm planning on replacing the suspension in my car this spring when it's not so damn cold out and want to start getting parts ready soon. I know for sure I don't want the H&R as this is a daily driver and I don't track the car at all. So comfort is an important factor.

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Old 01-09-2011, 10:41 AM   #35
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I'm looking for comfort its my main focus ....with wanting to lower my car. I will be wearing 19" wheels and 235/35/19 tires. What is the best set up for this ?

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Old 01-09-2011, 02:42 PM   #36
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:39 PM   #37
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Well as close as I can get ...lol

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Old 01-15-2011, 08:00 AM   #38
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Can we get this stickied and made a mandatory read for new XI owners? Seems to be a lot of repeat "what suspension blah blah blah XI" threads from new members. There aren't a whole lot of options for our cars, and this thread having covered most options in detail might go a long way toward alleviating those redundant threads if it were pinned to the top.

THANK YOU to all XI owners who have posted up reviews, and to Mark M for starting the thread and providing an excellent template for everyone to follow.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:10 AM   #39
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Can we get this stickied and made a mandatory read for new XI owners? Seems to be a lot of repeat "what suspension blah blah blah XI" threads from new members. There aren't a whole lot of options for our cars, and this thread having covered most options in detail might go a long way toward alleviating those redundant threads if it were pinned to the top.

THANK YOU to all XI owners who have posted up reviews, and to Mark M for starting the thread and providing an excellent template for everyone to follow.
+1 this needs to be stickied. what a major help it can be for people (myself included) looking to get into a new suspension.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:46 AM   #40
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I'll reserve a spot here for my post. I've got Bilstein Sports, an Eibach Pro Kit and a BMW Performance strut bar sitting in my garage. I'm waiting on the rear shocks to come in, they seem to be on factory backorder and none of the sponsors have them in stock.
This is my setup. Its about 1 month after install and the springs have settled as the first week's ride was very firm. Its a perfect ride height; about 1/2" drop from stock. A bit firmer than stock from what I remember so probably same as factory sport ride.
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