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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 08-31-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Finally found pre-installed FCABS for 325xi

Hey guys,
After a good amount of research and struggle. I finally found a place that offers pre-installed FCABS in brackets for the Xi.

I'm rebuilding my front suspension soon and have been looking for brackets and bushings together.

It turns out Turner has an option when you buy bushings that they can pre-install your bushings into brackets.

I was hoping to get poly bushings but since i don't see myself keeping the car for much more than a year, I decided to just get it up to OEM running/handling condition.

here's the link for the bushings. If you look at the "would you like to add brackets" menu, you'll see "Yes, and pre-install bushings" option.

Hope this helps some of you guys when looking for some time saving options.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/show...05-325xi-330xi
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:57 AM   #2
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Helpful link. Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Seems like a waste of money for two reasons: 1) a shop will install them for about the same price as that setup and 2) OE fcabs are flabby pieces of garbage.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:13 PM   #4
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I agree with Kubica. If I was rebuilding my suspension, I would have pressed the old bushings out of the holders and replaced them with PowerFlex Urethane ones. They will last a very long time and can be re-used.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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Seems like a waste of money for two reasons: 1) a shop will install them for about the same price as that setup and 2) OE fcabs are flabby pieces of garbage.
"I was hoping to get poly bushings but since i don't see myself keeping the car for much more than a year, I decided to just get it up to OEM running/handling condition. "

My xi just ran past 158k miles on original FCABS and I have plans to sell the car when I graduate school. I didn't feel the need to get poly bushings.

Also, I was quoted 600 for "parts/labor" from two shops for just FCABS. I figured I would do them myself when I do my inner ball joints and spring/strut install.

Essentially I'm making the car drivable and reliable so i can enjoy driving it in the next year, then have success selling it, while not hurting my wallet.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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Powerflex were about the same price as OEM when I bought mine.

I highly doubt your fcabs are original at 158k. Either way do the powerflex. It's not that hard to get the old fcabs out yourself and cake to install powerflex compared to OEM style.

A nice bench vice, powerflex, and a hammer are cheaper than that kit.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #7
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PowerFlex Urethane Bushings are the same price as the OE and OEM rubber Bushings and they are well worth the money (make sure you get the off-set bushings which are the correct ones for an XI). If you have a bench vice, it is pretty easy to remove the old rubber bushing from the bracket.
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