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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 11-25-2019, 10:09 PM   #21
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It costs $30 or the bushings and $50 for an alignment, I can press the bushings myself. I don't have a receiver to press the xi bushing yet so I'd have to pay someone to do it so it's probably a wash. If I go back to stock I'll need an alignment too. There was talk that the caster was increased with the centered bushings, no figures to prove it but my toe needed to be reset after the bushings went in. IIRC from my HS auto mechanics class caster affects toe.
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Old 02-01-2020, 11:04 PM   #22
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The $ we save with the cheaper e36 CAB we have to pay out for the alignment though, and then some more, right? If I use the e46 xi bushing I posted, I wouldn't have to get an alignment!?
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Even the fly says doing the stock bushings are a PITA, if you misalign the marks for the offset the toe will still be off.
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