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Old 05-11-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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help choosing shocks for 2002 325xit

Hi guys. I'm looking to replace the rear shocks on my wife's 2002 325xit wagon.
I may just pick up a complete front/rear set.

I'm trying to keep costs down.
Turner has Bilstein shocks for $449.

OR, I Could just buy rear stock replacements from tischer.

Its a stock wagon. I have a set of 18s on there now, but may swap them with 16s.
She's looking for more of a smoother ride. which do you recommend?

Bilstein's HD, Sport, or stock?
which one of those would give a smoother ride?


http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-10...30xiset-4.aspx

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-14...0xi-set-4.aspx

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Old 05-11-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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Sorry to start off with this but if you look at the first page in the XI forum, there are at least 5 threads that address your issue.

Secondly, Bilstein shocks will be much more firm than the OEM ones. If you are going for softer/smoother, OEM is the only way to go.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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hi. thanks for the input. I unfortunately saw the thread AFTER i posted this thread
i'll continue reading it.
So, a stock shock would be "softer" than any of the aftermarket ones?
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hi. thanks for the input. I unfortunately saw the thread AFTER i posted this thread
i'll continue reading it.
So, a stock shock would be "softer" than any of the aftermarket ones?
Yup, stock is the softest of the group. Anything else is going to be more firm. Make sure your springs are in good shape too though, if your shocks are blown there's a good chance your springs are broken too.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:02 PM   #5
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The rear springs were replaced about 2 months ago. At the time, the shocks seemed OK but i'm sure with all the pot holes out there now, it didn't take much for them to finally die.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:24 PM   #7
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This is what I had on my touring, was a good ride. Firmer than stock but not as firm as Bilstein Sports.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:50 PM   #8
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Koni FSD shocks/struts (not sure if they have an application for the xi wagon)

My thoughts exactly.
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