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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 07-10-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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XI specific FCABs / LCABs

Hey there XI folks!

A few of you might know that I currently offer an FCAB exchange service for all RWD e46. I was considering starting this same service for XI owners since you guys have even fewer reasonable options than the others.

If someone has a set of used lollipops they can sell me for cheap, I can get this started if there is some interest. PM me if you can help.

Here are a couple of my threads offering the rear-wheel drive FCABs...
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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Dang I wish this started a week or two back :-).

There are few options for the AWD cars. Luckily a forum member rents out a tool at very reasonable cost, but being able to order pre installed bushings with a core charge for returning lollipops would be fantastic - I would have used it for sure.

I am installing poly FCABs so hoping they last out the life of my car.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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Hey there XI folks!

A few of you might know that I currently offer an FCAB exchange service for all RWD e46. I was considering starting this same service for XI owners since you guys have even fewer reasonable options than the others.

If someone has a set of used lollipops they can sell me for cheap, I can get this started if there is some interest. PM me if you can help.

Here are a couple of my threads offering the rear-wheel drive FCABs...
It's generally a good idea to actually post links...

Depending on price, I might be one of your first Xi customers as I need to replace my FCAB's badly. I don't have used lollipops to send you but I can send over the whole thing and a set of bushings that I already bought as long as the turn around time is good.

Having a backup car is awesome.

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Old 07-10-2013, 05:34 PM   #4
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I will PM you to see if I can help, but will still be looking for used lollipops if anyone's got 'em.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:49 PM   #5
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hopefully you're still around doing this when I need mine changed
How much did you plan on charging for these?
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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XI FCABS aren't lollipop style like RWD cars though
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:02 AM   #7
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I will PM you to see if I can help, but will still be looking for used lollipops if anyone's got 'em.
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XI FCABS aren't lollipop style like RWD cars though
It still involves pressing bushings in and out of carriers which is what he wants to do for us.


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Old 07-11-2013, 05:15 PM   #9
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The XI does have lollipop fcabs they are just different size and design. They are just as much of a pita to get in and out of the lollipops also :-).

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Old 07-11-2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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Don't understand the point of this thread when you can just take them to a shop near you to press them out. Only took 5 minutes from my time and costs very little money. And i wouldn't put rubber bushings back on my car. sorry op.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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I guess it depends where you live, but where I live I visited 3x machine shops. One said they are a pain for him to do, and it usually takes 30-60 minutes, per side, the other two don't do press work. Also they are only open weekdays, and I work on my car on weekends mostly, which means I am without my car for a week.

So out here, basically, nobody wants to do it, or they want to charge you 2x$110 an hour at an inconvenient schedule.

I rented a tool from a forum member and so far got one out without a press, still have the other to do. It definitely requires a Vice and an impact wrench even with the special tool, but better than trying to justify buying a press to take space in the garage.

So if I could order a pre-pressed set (or just a set with the Powerflex pre inserted) from OP, and send my old crusty ones back to him a week later when I am done with my car, that would be nice.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #12
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Don't understand the point of this thread when you can just take them to a shop near you to press them out. Only took 5 minutes from my time and costs very little money. And i wouldn't put rubber bushings back on my car. sorry op.
All the smaller shops around me quoted $80-150 to do this for two bushings...
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:06 PM   #13
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You guys really need to stop using OE fcabs. They are complete garbage and a bitch to install anyway.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:17 PM   #14
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You guys really need to stop using OE fcabs. They are complete garbage and a bitch to install anyway.
This. Or, just spend the money on a press and handle it yourself. They should be pressed out and back in under 5 minutes per side.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:25 PM   #15
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Going to poly fcabs but that does not help me get the stock ones out. I don't have room for a press I will use maybe once every 2-3 years.

I appreciate the service may not be useful for some, but for others I think it will. The question is are there enough XI owners who would use this service to make it worthwhile?

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Old 07-12-2013, 05:41 PM   #16
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Going to poly fcabs but that does not help me get the stock ones out. I don't have room for a press I will use maybe once every 2-3 years.

I appreciate the service may not be useful for some, but for others I think it will. The question is are there enough XI owners who would use this service to make it worthwhile?

Some people will value this service. Some won't -- that's fine.

Don't worry -- I'm gonna start offering it anyway once I find a good used set of housings to get me started. I would likely stick to installing Powerflex polys since they're so close in price to stock. Furthermore, the stock rubber bushing needs to be inserted to a certain depth that is not midway, unlike the polys and unlike e36, and e46M FCABs. That's illustrated here in this good DIY:

http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=776734

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Old 07-26-2013, 05:04 PM   #17
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Can you explain why the old set of brackets are needed? I will have an old set as I'm waiting on a new set of brackets and bushings to get here.


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Old 07-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #18
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Sgtbean,

It's so he can start an "exchange" program, you send him your bad ones and he sends you the refurbished ones from the previous customer and so on and so on...

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Old 07-28-2013, 07:04 PM   #19
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Sgtbean,

It's so he can start an "exchange" program, you send him your bad ones and he sends you the refurbished ones from the previous customer and so on and so on...

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Yup, what he said. Sgtbean, I may be interested in those old lollipops when you get 'em changed out.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:15 PM   #20
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Any luck yet? I found out today from the shop doing my cv axle that mine are ****. I had the fcabs done only 2 years ago so I definitely want to go with the polys.
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