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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 12-20-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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Most stock like ride

From reading many previous posts, it seems that the consensus for the most comfortable ride with aftermarket suspension systems is Eibach pro kit springs with Koni shocks? Dinan no longer makes suspension system for E46 XIs. Any other contenders?
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:01 PM   #2
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Yes that's the softest aftermarket combo.

There aren't many choices- HnR or Eibach for springs, Koni or Bilstein (HD or sport) for shocks.

Of course you can always get OEM Sachs shocks and OE springs, or coilovers.

If your shocks are blown, but springs are still good, Bilstein HDs give a slightly firmer/sportier ride than OEM.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:24 PM   #3
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Im using Eibach Pro springs (about 1" drop) with Koni adjustable shocks for around 5 months. It's the closest you can get to stock ride.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:16 PM   #4
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Where did you buy eibach springs and Koni shocks? I looked at Shox.com but their website made me nervous with misspelled words. Not sure I would get the right parts.
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:16 AM   #5
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Shocks I got directly from Koni website-they were running a special. Eibach springs I got from TireRack.com.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:23 PM   #6
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I've been very happy with my Koni/Eibach setup. I have my Konis set to the softest setting and I am happy.

I got my Konis from: www.ajusa.com
I got my Eibachs from: www.*************er.com

My total for the springs and shocks including shipping: $873.40

I also bought the rear reinforcement plate from Turner for: 39.96 http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html..._ID=TSU9975100


Also, I plan on having my car for a long time, so I ordered all the wearable suspension components from Tischer:

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I just replaced my suspension, the comprehensive way, and here is the order list:

OEM BMW Parts:

07119900402, 33521136283, 33531094518, 33531136385, 33526772864, 33531136395, 33521092362, 31356778832, 31336752735, 31331091867, 31331096664, 31311139453, 31336752832, 31316769731

2x of each, and 6x of the last part (strut nuts).

Vendor Website

Eibach:

2089.140
Vendor Website

Koni:

8741-1481RSPORT
8741-1481LSPORT
8040-1343SPORT
Vendor Website

There is all the part numbers and links for all the shocks, springs, bearings, strut mounts, spring pads, shock bumpers, dust covers, bolts and replacement strut nuts you will need for a comprehensive suspension replacement.

My total parts cost: $1160.47.
I spent a total of $1200.43 for the suspension and all the wearable components. What I did is the most comprehensive way to replace your XI's suspension.


Being in Minnesota, I STRONGLY recommend you use IMOLA MOTORSPORTS, they charged $450 for the suspension swap.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:56 PM   #7
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Koni FSD do ride very well
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:50 PM   #8
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Koni FSD do ride very well
I don't think there is a FSD solution for xi's.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:43 PM   #9
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Wonder if I need to replace my wearable suspension parts on 04 XI with 56K miles if gonna install Eibach and Konis. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:15 PM   #10
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I bought my set from Tirerack. The shipping was very fast.

Avoid Autoanything. Their website says they have koni rear in stock but actually they don't. Wasted me 3 weeks.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:59 PM   #11
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Wonder if I need to replace my wearable suspension parts on 04 XI with 56K miles if gonna install Eibach and Konis. Any thoughts?
You don't have to replace any of the extra parts in the list...but they are called wearable for a reason.

The cost of labor alone to replace one of those items after-the-fact is more than buying all the parts right away.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:53 PM   #12
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The rear reinforcement plates were mentioned above. Check the link in my signature. $28 shipped a set

Look into getting front strut tower reinforcement plates too. They're cheap and so much less of a hassle when you put them in while doing suspension work. They're good to have so you don't have to ever worry about mushrooming strut towers or shock tower failure.

Might be a good deal if you order these two together.
BMW front plates - http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...ID=51717036781
TMS rear plates- http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html..._ID=TSU9975100
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:06 PM   #13
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For those who have bought them, are the TMS rear plates priced per pair?
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:07 PM   #14
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:17 PM   #15
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Koni FSD available for 325/330XI now. Here's the link http://bit.ly/i0e7Bi Anyone have experience with these? Shocks should affect drop height right? Thought it was the springs that affected amount of drop.
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Old 12-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #16
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Koni FSD available for 325/330XI now. Here's the link http://bit.ly/i0e7Bi Anyone have experience with these? Shocks should affect drop height right? Thought it was the springs that affected amount of drop.
I don't think those will work. Koni does not make FSD for XI...Check the Koni site.

http://www.koni-na.com
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:16 PM   #17
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:17 PM   #18
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I've been very happy with my Koni/Eibach setup. I have my Konis set to the softest setting and I am happy.

I got my Konis from: www.ajusa.com
I got my Eibachs from: www.*************er.com

My total for the springs and shocks including shipping: $873.40

I also bought the rear reinforcement plate from Turner for: 39.96 http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html..._ID=TSU9975100


Also, I plan on having my car for a long time, so I ordered all the wearable suspension components from Tischer:



I spent a total of $1200.43 for the suspension and all the wearable components. What I did is the most comprehensive way to replace your XI's suspension.


Being in Minnesota, I STRONGLY recommend you use IMOLA MOTORSPORTS, they charged $450 for the suspension swap.
so your total cost of everything after the installation was about $1650 dollars right?
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:37 PM   #19
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I stand corrected. Koni website list Part #2100 4005 as E46 318i, 323i, 325i, 328i, 330i compatible (Exc. Coupe, AWD, Touring and factory sport suspension). AJUSA website list the same part #2100 4005 but says compatible with XI models. I'll believe Koni website over the retailer. Koni FSD does not appear to be available for XI models, yet.

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Old 12-25-2010, 12:10 PM   #20
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I stand corrected.
I did TONS of research before buying...

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so your total cost of everything after the installation was about $1650 dollars right?
Yes. And every wearable part of my suspension is brand new.

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