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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 06-29-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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Autocross Build for XI???

wassup folks so my friend with an s2k asked if i wanna go to an autox event and i agreed to go with but not participate but then i started thinking it'd be fun.

now the issue is im only running HR sports on stock shocks for my suspension related mods.

does have new stock brake pads a rotors.

also i heard e46 have the weak subframe issue, i dont wanna have to tow the car back from the event.

any recommendations for a first time e46 modder who would possibly want to autocross his XI? lol
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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I'd just do the same thing I do for the track, although it would probably be overkill. I've never done an autox but I assume you spend less time actually driving your car than you do at the track. See the tech inspection form I've attached to give you an idea of things to think about.

You don't really need any special mods. Driving ability is the #1 thing you need to drive the car faster.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:01 PM   #3
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thanks for the info man! yup i had a honda del sol back in the day and beat my buddies with subies by 2 seconds but that honda was OBD1 and things were lot simpler but im not getting into bmws and i gotta say repairs and such are pretty easy parts are expensive lol and since its my daily driver too dont wanna kill it
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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Is it a big-boy autox on a runway? Or in a parking lot?

I autox a good amount- your stock xi with all maintenance done, ALL fresh fluids, and summer tires will be a great car to learn on.

Every well maintained BMW can do an autox without an issue.

If you really think you need to mod, which you don't, Powerflex FCABS and RTABS would be my first upgrade if you already have nice tires. The car doesn't matter much until you get 5-10 events under your belt though. Keep in mind there will be women there who could mop the floor with you driving a 10 passenger van.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:15 PM   #5
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Is it a big-boy autox on a runway? Or in a parking lot?

I autox a good amount- your stock xi with all maintenance done, ALL fresh fluids, and summer tires will be a great car to learn on.

Every well maintained BMW can do an autox without an issue.

If you really think you need to mod, which you don't, Powerflex FCABS and RTABS would be my first upgrade if you already have nice tires. The car doesn't matter much until you get 5-10 events under your belt though. Keep in mind there will be women there who could mop the floor with you driving a 10 passenger van.
lol its in a parking lot CDC or Capital Driving Club and thats good to hear about the auto x cuz i do wanna start to learn and mods more meant things like u mentioned before, more maintenance related the fluids is something i woulda overlooked if it wasnt for your comment, thanks!
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:10 PM   #6
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Keep in mind there will be women there who could mop the floor with you driving a 10 passenger van.
I LOLed because it's so true. Don't forget to bring water, sunblock and a lawn chair. And have fun! You're not gonna set any records your first time out, so don't get discouraged by your times. I work registration for SASCA, my local club, and have seen several first timers (one in particular driving a race prepared, caged Mustang stands out) get their egos checked and never come back.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:34 PM   #7
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I'd say do it. I've been autoxing my manual 325xi for sometime now, no real problems, except I get mopped by blown mazdas, and S2000's...

I bought some crap after market front CV's, those lasted about 10k before the rubber boots went.

Moral of the story is - Keep an eye on those front boots!
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:27 PM   #8
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what to expect out of your xi, shitty driver. (me) On a horrible tire/wheel set up 225/40/18 squared all seasons. With more tire and a better compound it should handle much better. I muck it up at .43 clutch came out a lil early and killed it. Watch for the suspension to unload.

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