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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 10-22-2010, 07:05 PM   #1
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suspension help

Hey guys so after doing some reading about shocks/struts etc i started thinking about if mine need to be changed...i got my xi at 40,000 and its currently at 72,000..to my knowledge the shocks have never been replaced. you guys think i should maybe invest in new shocks? if so, what do you recommend. sounds like i should either go with Bilstein sports or Koni Yellow. Since we're on the subject maybe you guys could recommend springs as well and anything else i might need. Thanks for the help
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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I can tell you that my rear passenger spring broke recently at 63,000 miles so I had to do something. My car doesn't take the bumps like it use to so I'm replacing the springs, struts/shocks at all four corners tomorrow. I'm going with the Bilstein HD's and the Eibach Pro-kit for the springs. I know it will be a little harsh as compared to the original setup but I doubt that my current struts/shocks have much life left in them anyway. I'll let you know how everything goes after tomorrow.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:05 PM   #3
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I had both rear springs crack. I went with Eibach Pro's & Koni Adjustables. The drop is about 1" or so. Very close to the original ride.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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thanks guys, sounds like the eibach pros and konis might be the way to go for me, im looking for a nice drop in height...thanks
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:11 PM   #5
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go with the h&r sport springs if you want more performance than the eibachs, stiffer, lower, etc.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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go with the h&r sport springs if you want more performance than the eibachs, stiffer, lower, etc.
what kind of shocks do you recommend?
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:32 PM   #7
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I was told that H & R and Bilstein for performance - Eibach and Koni for ride quality.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:54 PM   #8
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At 72,000 mi your shocks likely wore out 22,000 mile ago. It would be no surprise if your factory springs are broken as well (mine broke at 35,000 miles).
For a great ride and adjustability go with Koni Sports and Eibach Prokit Springs

Improves the look of xi s a lot


Made sure you get an alignment right after so the CV joints don't get stressed.
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Old 10-26-2010, 05:52 PM   #9
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xi ter, how would i know if they wore out? i havent noticed a change in my ride/performance and dont see or notice for that matter any leakages is there another way i can tell if i crawl under the hood?
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:20 PM   #10
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The degrade happens over the space of 70,000 miles so it's hard to notice. Mine weren't leaking either, but when I took them off, I could move the piston up and down by hand. You might look for diving during sudden braking, noises, other suspension components starting to wear rapidly, uneven wearing of tires.
After 50,000 miles design life, the original shocks owe you nothing. If you do buy replacements, inspect the old ones during shock replacement DIY and leave the old ones on for a year if they are good. Expect after 72,000 mi the shock will probably move up and down in your finger tips, completely worn out.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:27 PM   #11
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alright, thanks for your help
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