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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 01-30-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Spring pads

I found a thread about changing rear upper spring pads from 15mm to 5mm. There was not mention of changing the rear lower pad. Nor was there any mention of changing the front spring pads.

So, my question, on a 2005 330XI, to get a nice i equivalent ride height with new bilstein HD struts upfront, bilstien E36 M3 sport shocks in the rear, and new Eibach Pro series springs on all four corners, what spring pads do I need to change and what am I changing them too?

I will also be replacing all bump stops, RSM's, etc. Should I cut the bump stops down any as some have suggested with this new suspension set up?

Anything else to look out for / address with this job?

Thanks guys!!

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Old 01-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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So, my question, on a 2005 330XI, to get a nice i equivalent ride height with new bilstein HD struts upfront, bilstien E36 M3 sport shocks in the rear, and new Eibach Pro series springs on all four corners, what spring pads do I need to change and what am I changing them too?

I will also be replacing all bump stops, RSM's, etc. Should I cut the bump stops down any as some have suggested with this new suspension set up?
There's no other option for the front spring pads, it is what it is there. You don't necessarily have to change anything for the pads but I would for sure swap the front ones. My rear pads were fine so I left them alone, I like the slight rake look.

You will have to trim the bump stops about an inch.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #3
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There's no other option for the front spring pads, it is what it is there. You don't necessarily have to change anything for the pads but I would for sure swap the front ones. My rear pads were fine so I left them alone, I like the slight rake look.

You will have to trim the bump stops about an inch.
Thanks. Trim all four bump stops, right? Probably a stupid question.
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Thanks. Trim all four bump stops, right? Probably a stupid question.
Correct.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Thanks yet again man. Appreciate it.

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