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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 11-17-2013, 04:34 PM   #81
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24-024532 x2 (Rear HD E46)
24-024532 x2 (Rear HD E36 M3)

Does it mean that oem E36 M3 Shocks would work also?
BTW thanks for this write up
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:45 AM   #82
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Ok I'm ready to upgrade my suspension in the next few months. My plans are h&r springs
Bilsten fronts and rears
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E36 m3 rears
I'm also thinking of poly fcabs. How do you think this setup would feel as a DD. I'm on 225/45/17 tires.
What are the true benefits of the e36 rears? I'm only going with h&r because I want a zhp style ride height or maybe even slightly lower. Would thinner spring pads also lower the ride height?
I'm open to everyone's opinion and advice. Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #83
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I went with hr have billy sport front. M3 rear billy, massive compared to skinny stock. New rear mounts. Ffcab are power flex. And m3 foam bumpstop. Camber is slightly off but not too bad. Need camber kits. And need vibration issue fix (new csb/guibo still vibrates, just changed driveshaft over a tooth and is really bad now. Putting it back plus one tomorrow. but all in all feels good. Can be bouncy at some points. ride is firm and level when turning and Braking is a plus with no nose dive. My front strut mount bearings seem to be getting louder. I didn't change pads. Can't comment there I have thinker ones in rear and wouldn't want my rear any lower as it sits just right now. As I have a 70+ pound dogs and two children who usually are in the touring.
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #84
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I went with hr have billy sport front. M3 rear billy, massive compared to skinny stock. New rear mounts. Ffcab are power flex. And m3 foam bumpstop. Camber is slightly off but not too bad. Need camber kits. And need vibration issue fix (new csb/guibo still vibrates, just changed driveshaft over a tooth and is really bad now. Putting it back plus one tomorrow. but all in all feels good. Can be bouncy at some points. ride is firm and level when turning and Braking is a plus with no nose dive. My front strut mount bearings seem to be getting louder. I didn't change pads. Can't comment there I have thinker ones in rear and wouldn't want my rear any lower as it sits just right now. As I have a 70+ pound dogs and two children who usually are in the touring.
what were some of the advantages/differences you noticed with the poly fcab?? And what does an m3 foam bumpstop do?
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:05 PM   #85
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Bump stops are crucial, m3 no need to cut originals but because I threw out the old ones due to bav auto I had to buy new ones. I didn't put any in at first but found out that any type of bump it sounded like the struts were hitting the hats and was awful. Metal to metal bang! Internal bump stops don't do much but cause damage. Power flex hard to say when I bought the car the originals were shot. Definitely an easy install. Used press for old bushing and the power flex go in like butter with c clamp or similar. My first bmw so not much to go on.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:54 PM   #86
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So you're saying I do or don't have to replace bump stops?
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:19 PM   #87
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You don't have to. Hr springs comes with a chart that informs you of how much to cut your originals. But if you want new ones the m3 work for me and think of compression, In my opinion new foam will allow a smoother compression then drier older foam. In my case 200+ miles. The rear m3 shocks with blue dust cover has the foam stops. No need to do anything except remove from box and install with new or old mounts. I went with rogue rear mount that have nuts in fender and replaceable bushing. Onetime inside panel removable to install As these cars are shop whores and New England roads are unforgiving I figured any replacement would be easier then removing interior
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:49 AM   #88
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Did anyone else have trouble getting the stock spring compressed enough to remove it? Check out my thread http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?p=15842054
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:53 AM   #89
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So i've been researching around a bit & I'm a little curious as to why so many people are going w/ koni & h&r vs just getting a set of coils? on tirerack before shipping I was looking at $978 for koni's & springs and ECS offers H&R coils for $1150ish. is the ride really that awful from h&r coils? could someone maybe give another vehicle the ride is comparable to?
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #90
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So i've been researching around a bit & I'm a little curious as to why so many people are going w/ koni & h&r vs just getting a set of coils? on tirerack before shipping I was looking at $978 for koni's & springs and ECS offers H&R coils for $1150ish. is the ride really that awful from h&r coils? could someone maybe give another vehicle the ride is comparable to?
For me, coilovers don't pass the coffee cup in hand without spilling test. Also, I'm ok with saving $200 and having a better ride.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:05 PM   #91
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For me, coilovers don't pass the coffee cup in hand without spilling test. Also, I'm ok with saving $200 and having a better ride.
What set up do u have again?


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Old 11-30-2013, 03:51 PM   #92
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Re: Here's What Suspension to Buy.

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Eibach and Koni.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:20 AM   #93
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Obviously an alignment will be necessary after the install. Is that enough or do we need to do camber kits, etc? Seems that a drop of an 1" or so would be fine.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:34 AM   #94
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^ Should be enough unless you are going super low.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:15 PM   #95
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Just read through this thread and the information is excellent. My only suggestion would be for those who have gone with aftermarket suspension to post a before and after to show the drop.
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:24 AM   #96
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Thinking about FK coilovers? Ive heard good things about them so far, is anyone else dropped on them?
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:58 AM   #97
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Apparently I can no longer edit the first post in this thread...

Anyway, here's some reference reading for those considering Bav Auto springs:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1022031

Hint, not recommended but feel free to try and prove those in the thread wrong.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:55 AM   #98
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Is there a difference between the Sport Pack and the M-Package shocks for the XI ??

or maybe the question should be... Is there such a thing as an M-pack for the E46 XI, mine is a 2005 (Production : September 2004), i have the M steering wheel and M rims, also the M shifter knob (6-speed)... the M-tech-1 bumpers (front and back), and a different skirt than the base E46...

does anyone know if the differences are only superficial, or are the struts different ? is there a way to find out ?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php/BMW_E46
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:22 AM   #99
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Afaik the xi "sport" only received the visual upgrades and interior pieces.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:39 AM   #100
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Thanks neutron325
But is there an M-package E46XI (the question from 2 posts above)? And if so, are the shocks/springs different ?

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