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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 10-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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XI Rear Springs?

Anything new on aftermarket rear spring options? I searched and nothing definitive. I need to replace both rear springs but wanted to maintain stock ride height. I am trying to avoid spending money on new BMW parts if possible. Anyone have used available for sale? Car is an 02.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:24 PM   #2
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XI Rear Springs?

You can try checking out the classifieds. I do see stock springs for sale from time to time. As far as aftermarket springs, I don't think you'll find ones that have a stock height. Aftermarket are geared towards lowering the vehicle for a more aggressive stance.


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Old 10-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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I found Lesjofors springs for the Xi Amazon. They are a perfect fit, great quality, and were cheap. Ride height is standard.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:01 PM   #4
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Posting to old thread, but this seemed most appropriate for those wanting direct replacement rear springs with OEM ride height:

FCP European was one vendor I found that seemed to get the part number for Lesjofors / Suplex rear springs that the manufacturers chart says should fit my '05 325xi sedan - Suplex 06164. I suspect that the Suplex 06213 springs specified for wagons would also work. They also sell 14.5mm upper spring pads (coil spring shim) which one can replace with 4mm pads to lower by 10mm or which those of us who live in snowy areas may want to keep / replace for the added ride height. This pad may be the answer to the garbled questions about the "increased ride height option" I saw discussed in another thread.

I am adding this because I found several on line catalogs that will sell some very different part numbers, many of which might get by but are likely not to fit E46 xi's properly if you like your car the way it was.

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Old 08-21-2014, 01:09 PM   #5
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I bought mine @ Auto Imports locally in Reading for $153.00. Identical to the OEM parts
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:10 PM   #6
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Turner Motorsport sells factory replacement rear springs as a pair for $149. I am running them on my car now. They maintain the factory ride height and perform great!
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:20 PM   #7
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I just bought some of the turner springs and I think one was installed wrong somehow...I hear a clunking noise from back left side after going over small bumps...any ideas? I'm taking it back to be checked again shortly...they looked to be well made and I think made better than oem...
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:10 PM   #8
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I just bought some of the turner springs and I think one was installed wrong somehow...I hear a clunking noise from back left side after going over small bumps...any ideas? I'm taking it back to be checked again shortly...they looked to be well made and I think made better than oem...
Make sure the spring pad is still in good condition. It's just rubber and it will deteriorate over time. Main cause for a clunk could be the rear shock and/or shock mount. I'm a strong believer in factory parts especially for street driven vehicles, but for the price these springs can't be beat and they are definitely just as good as the OEM part.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:23 PM   #9
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thanks I didn't order the spring pads bc I though they seemed expensive and after on 70k would be in ok condition unlike the snapped springs...and they didn't mention it needing them...will find out tomorrow when they look at it again I guess....thanks so much....do the rear shocks or mounts ever get damaged when replacing springs?
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:54 PM   #10
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The rear shock mounts take heavy punishment and over time do wear out. The factory mounts are less than adequate, but turner offers updated rear shock mounts with a polyurethane bushing and support plates to protect the sheet metal from deforming.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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The noise you hear on bumps is most likely rear upper shock mount.
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