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Old 08-04-2012, 12:42 AM   #81
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You know springs do take time to break in as well...
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #82
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so i also got the wrong springs the first time too.i just finished putting in the new ones adam sent me and still have a one finger gap between my fender and tire:/ i know they still has to break in but that's going to be a good drop that has to break in.btw the new springs i was sent do not have any numbers on them.im wondering if there the right ones or if i got lied to again
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #83
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Wow, I am literally trying to find the best price online to purchase these right now and ran across this thread... I think I just got spooked out if buying these. Is this a new issue people are having? Seems like they have had great reviews in the past. Does anyone recommend still purchasing these or would you advise purchasing a different product?
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:43 PM   #84
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Can't You remove the spring Purchases to get a lower hight? My Bimmer buddy mention this alternative.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #85
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Wow, I am literally trying to find the best price online to purchase these right now and ran across this thread... I think I just got spooked out if buying these. Is this a new issue people are having? Seems like they have had great reviews in the past. Does anyone recommend still purchasing these or would you advise purchasing a different product?
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:16 PM   #86
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And until the OP and I mentioned the issue, this thread has blown up. Others coming foreward now.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who just settle with the incorrect parts received.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:26 AM   #87
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sending in the tech sheet and pictures to adam tomorrow, expect to have my new springs before friday. ill update on my drop as soon as possible
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #88
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Get the new springs yet?
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:19 AM   #89
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Nope, not yet. Still waiting...
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #90
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i still think we should get together and do something about this, some kinda recall... apple is giving the newest ipod nanos out if you send in your old 1st generation, i think we could get something going if we work together
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:24 PM   #91
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I have 18's. Also added strut reinforcement plates, probably negligible in adding height but worth mentioning.

The front is maxed out, the rear is at about 2/3rds drop. Heavy sound system makes it lower.
hey when you reinstalled your self did you have to use a tool to compress the springs down? or just put the pieces in a screw them together?
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:41 AM   #92
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hey when you reinstalled your self did you have to use a tool to compress the springs down? or just put the pieces in a screw them together?
If you have the struts on the lowest setting, it takes very little effort to get all the springs in and thread the nut. No spring compressor was used, just be careful and have it standing on even ground where it won't slip once you try to thread it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:27 PM   #93
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so i called and apparently the kit was suppose to come with the "60-200" spring on a 2000 328i that's funny because ac_2007 has a 328i and when he called they concluded that they gave him the wrong springs and that the "50-200" was the correct spring to be installed... im sooooo confused right now worst part is 17" style 5's make the gap even worse then the 18" vmrs i had

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I have a 325i, but it shouldn't matter.

What springs do you have right now?
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I have a 325i, but it shouldn't matter.

What springs do you have right now?
oh i saw your old style bumper and just guessed the springs installed on the car are 60-200 and from everyone on the thread, it seems to me i SHOULD have the 50-200. i called st suspension and they said no, that the 60-200 was correct and now i have to fill out some sheet and send it to them with all the part numbers on the front suspension so they can make sure that i do have the right springs but they already said i did have the right ones... i guess its for them to do a double check

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You're right, the 60-200 springs are for the xi models, which is what everyone has received. The 50-200 springs are for the rwd 3 series.
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I just looked at the content list of both the standard E46 and the Xi models. Here is what I found

Xi models come with a 70-170 front main spring the helper is 10-60-80. The standard E46 model has a 60-200 main spring and 20-60-80 helper spring.

The Xi springs are shorter therefore it would dramatically drop the car making it too low rather than "too high."
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #98
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Would there be any negative effects of using xi springs on a Ci? Because with the information that kris just posted, it's saying that I have the correct springs. If that's true then I am extremely disappointed with the max drop these coilovers gave me.
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I just looked at the content list of both the standard E46 and the Xi models. Here is what I found

Xi models come with a 70-170 front main spring the helper is 10-60-80. The standard E46 model has a 60-200 main spring and 20-60-80 helper spring.

The Xi springs are shorter therefore it would dramatically drop the car making it too low rather than "too high."
Unless the helper spring on an Xi is much bigger on full compression, it makes no sense for the mains to be shorter. The AWD system is heavier and would call for a higher spring rate on the same size main spring. That's my theory.

Can you tell us the kit number for Xi's, or provide access to this kit content information?
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Would there be any negative effects of using xi springs on a Ci? Because with the information that kris just posted, it's saying that I have the correct springs. If that's true then I am extremely disappointed with the max drop these coilovers gave me.
Coming from a non-sagging, within spec, non-sport suspension with ~50k miles, you can imagine my disappointment with this drop.

I've double checked with every source about the drop figures, and I am well out of spec. As it sits, I can practically raise my car higher than a stock Xi.







Here's another thought:
Why doesn't everyone who experienced this problem post up the Vendor where they purchased the kit, and Cost.

I have a feeling there will be a connection between the two.
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