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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 02-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #21
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They use the same springs so probably? I have no idea though.
Dealership, pelican parts, getbmwparts, thebmwpartstore, ECS tuning...choices are endless.
Yeah, picked up all the bits from Bavauto and the Meyle HD rear shock mount (RSM) kit from UUC.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:20 PM   #22
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^ Yup, this is the difference. Only advantage is that if you want to go to a "sport" style suspension while maintaining a daily driver feel, the Eibachs are really the only way to go. If the sport doesn't matter to you, then go OEM.
so with the eibauchs i get a stiffer ride that is not of lower height than oem?

if so that's exactly what i'm looking for. slightly stiffer so it handles better but i don't want to sacrifice more than 1 inch of height.

i also live and drive in boston but do a decent job at avoiding potholes.

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #23
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so with the eibauchs i get a stiffer ride that is not of lower height than oem?

if so that's exactly what i'm looking for. slightly stiffer so it handles better but i don't want to sacrifice more than 1 inch of height.

i also live and drive in boston but do a decent job at avoiding potholes.

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You get a little stiffer ride but not bone jarring with about a 1in drop. I drive mine daily in Minnesota winters with potholes and all without an issue. I've never found the Eibachs to be uncomfortable at all. The handling improves considerably with them.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #24
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so i'll need 4 eibauch shocks, with springs and all the mounting items..

sigh, this is going to cost me more than i wanted to spend. i'll probably wait until spring, it's too damn cold (sshhhh, no one needs to know it was 60 yesterday) to do all 4.

not to mention i need new rims and rubber for the spring as well. god damnit!

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:56 PM   #25
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so i'll need 4 eibauch shocks, with springs and all the mounting items..

sigh, this is going to cost me more than i wanted to spend. i'll probably wait until spring, it's too damn cold (sshhhh, no one needs to know it was 60 yesterday) to do all 4.

not to mention i need new rims and rubber for the spring as well. god damnit!

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Not Eibach shocks/struts, only springs. Koni Yellow adjustables or Bilstein Sport. If you decide to go Bilstein (they are cheaper) there's something about getting E36 M3 rear shocks, I'm not really sure what the deal is. Make sure you research it before you buy. I went Koni, haven't looked back.

Oh and welcome to the world of BMW! You'll probably need something else for the car before you know it.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #26
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From the info I gathered here & other sites, Eibach springs & Koni shocks will give you a ride close to OEM with a 1" +/- drop. H & R springs and Bilstein shocks will give a slightly stiffer ride again with a 1"+/- drop.
I went with the Eibach/Koni setup I ended up with a 1.1" drop and a comfortable ride.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:30 PM   #27
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HnR is closer to 2" inch drop.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:35 PM   #28
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HnR is closer to 2" inch drop.
Too much for me.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:13 AM   #29
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Too much for me.
Drop would be fine, ride quality would be unacceptable.
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:44 PM   #30
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looks like i'm going to wait until it's a bit warmer and try to catch a sale or two. i was hoping to only have to get wheels and rubber, now it looks like i'm going to be dropping 3k on my car. sigh.

that 3k was supposed to go into my downpayment for a house! god damnit.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #31
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Picked up rear shocks and some bits, front struts and some bits, all Bilstein from Bavauto for under 700 buck shipped. Did the rears myself and had Brake Masters do the fronts and alignment. They charged me $250. Feels like a whole new car on the road now. Also, already had Eibach sport springs on it.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #32
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:40 PM   #33
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currently my car has ridden pretty harsh since i've gotten it. i suspect the shocks were on their way out and are now pretty much gone.
Do you think worn shocks make the car uncomfortable? I thought it would hurt handling but not uncomfortable as they became softer with time.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:45 PM   #34
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From the info I gathered here & other sites, Eibach springs & Koni shocks will give you a ride close to OEM with a 1" +/- drop. H & R springs and Bilstein shocks will give a slightly stiffer ride again with a 1"+/- drop.
I went with the Eibach/Koni setup I ended up with a 1.1" drop and a comfortable ride.
Do you mean these Koni? http://www.koni.com/370.html

I will be replacing just shocks leaving OEM springs and I had discard Koni Sport adjustable cause I've been told that, even in the softer setting they are harsher than Bilstein B6 Heavy Duty.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #35
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Do you mean these Koni? http://www.koni.com/370.html

I will be replacing just shocks leaving OEM springs and I had discard Koni Sport adjustable cause I've been told that, even in the softer setting they are harsher than Bilstein B6 Heavy Duty.
Yes, thise are the ones I have. IMO, they're silghtly stiffer than OEM (My OEM's had 60k mi when I replaced them). I set up the Koni's this way; I turned the adjstment screws to full stiff (LOL) and went 1/4 turn up. I have serious spinal issues and a harsh ride would be really bad for me. I am confident I made the right choice.

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2 80401343Sport 99-05 3 Series - E46 325Xi, 330Xi Sedan and Touring (AWD) REAR

1 87411481lspor 99-05 3 Series - E46 325Xi, 330Xi Sedan and Touring (AWD) LEFT FRONT
1 87411481rspor 99-05 3 Series - E46 325Xi, 330Xi Sedan and Touring (AWD) RIGHT FRONT
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #36
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hey folks,

i'm finally ready to order and install the new rear shocks/springs.

i'm going with OEM since it'll probably be the cheapest. any suggestions on what other parts i need? do you guys get new screws etc as well?

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:10 PM   #37
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OEM is not cheaper.
I was quoted $320 for a set of rear springs from a local stealership. You can get a set of 4 Eibach, H & R, etc for approx $250. And that's just springs.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #38
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Did any of you upgrade to the Koni's and use oem springs to maintain the ride height?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #39
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http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata..._pg1.htm#item3

Start looking at pelican , just email them to make sure you have all parts. Iam about to do this also.

I have 68k and have a feeling I need new struts , shocks and springs. I am just going oem.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:44 PM   #40
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I Just emailed pelican will let you know what they say.
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