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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 02-10-2016, 02:05 PM   #81
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Unfortunately, the inner boots have an asymmetric attachment, and don't easily lend themselves to aftermarket replacements.
Yea I've been reviewing pics plus I need to get my hands on the part. Hoping I can do it in the new few weeks. Snowboarding keeps getting in the way.
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Old 02-10-2016, 02:09 PM   #82
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I just installed a new suspension a few weeks ago on a car with the drop hats. While installing I found his inner boot had a tear in it also. His car was full stock and the inner only lasted a few months. Granted it was a cheaper one from O'REilly's, I'm going to think use his car as an experiment to see if I can work out a solution for the inner boot.
A solution for the inner boot would be fantastic. The stock boot fits over an adapter which could be transferred to a new boot. The difficulty would be keeping the adapter attached to the boot. The adapter has a ridge that runs around the perimeter that locks into a complementary groove in the boot.

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Old 02-21-2016, 03:42 PM   #83
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How does one get these mysterious rear shocks?
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:57 PM   #84
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are they camaro AGX's... why do i have such a suspicion thats what the rears are...am i close rob??
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:08 PM   #85
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Pretty sure they're the ones listed in this thread:

https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1057455

Could be wrong though.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:05 PM   #86
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called it ahah, thanks for the link
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:15 PM   #87
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called it ahah, thanks for the link
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If you do more searching those turned out to be a complete failure, I don't recommend the KYB's.



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Nitrous is a little trickier than boost, but it's not the spray that kills motors, it's STUPIDITY!!
I Know How To Fix The Rear "Bouncing" Problem On Your Cheap Coilovers Like: Jom RL FK SE & RK.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:17 PM   #88
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ohh damn really?? they always get good reviews on the E30, and e36 forums... im lazy, but what was the fail mode???
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:13 PM   #89
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That thread said that they fail faster than expected. The other issue is that the car they are meant for weighs more than 1000 pounds less than ours so the valving and what not isn't ideal.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:27 PM   #90
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I'm running the "Rob43 9 way adjustable dampers" def not the KYB's

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Old 02-23-2016, 12:14 PM   #91
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yeah thats why i brought up the KYB's for Fbodies, that everyone has been using on e30's and e36's for years... the AGX adjustables, and are shorter than the stock with decent valving. Ive ran em many times on an e46, and assumed when i saw AGX's that what you guys were running.
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Old 02-23-2016, 12:19 PM   #92
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http://www.jegs.com/i/KYB/575/743019...FbYW0wodO_8E6w

These will outperform most other adjustable's, wont blow, dont have too much free travel, and acutally work if you guys are into that kind of thing ;p
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http://www.jegs.com/i/KYB/575/743019...FbYW0wodO_8E6w

These will outperform most other adjustable's, wont blow, dont have too much free travel, and acutally work if you guys are into that kind of thing ;p
Except the bottom mount on those is 5/8" (15.875mm) and the bottom mount on our cars is 12mm. Everything else seems fine, and if you can get a bushing made to fill that tiny gap you would be golden. 3mm is a very small amount but I would consider looking elsewhere.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:14 PM   #94
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lol dont try to reinvent the wheel, it comes with bushings, and you can just reuse your old bottom rubbers. This has been tried and tested for i dunno the last 15 years
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:23 PM   #95
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I've read the adjustment knob on those goes all wonky. what I'm running blows those out of the water.

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Old 02-23-2016, 08:33 PM   #96
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Everyone needs to understand that I tested those kyb's too, they simply aren't a good shock to use for the E46 chassis.

Besides not fitting properly because of the bottom mount, which of course need to be shimmed or replaced to make it work,......they're REALLY a bad choice based on the fact that they are to Short in compressed length & extended length.



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Nitrous is a little trickier than boost, but it's not the spray that kills motors, it's STUPIDITY!!
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:34 PM   #97
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lol dont try to reinvent the wheel, it comes with bushings, and you can just reuse your old bottom rubbers. This has been tried and tested for i dunno the last 15 years
But why run them when we have the option of Rob43's shocks (if anyone can get a hold of him to find out what they are....)
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:01 AM   #98
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*too short for cars on lowering springs.. sorry guys i was reffering to really low cars (ie: coils, bags, etc..)

I have a RWD e46 now, but when i had my XI shortened and re valved e36 M3 rears, and Eibach ERS linears #650 was my favorite setup

I was thinking you guys all wanted to make coils ETC, that is why i recommend such short bodied shocks, my bad

Really miss my silver XI ;( You guys should look into making front coils, it was very simple, I was on the hunt for 52mm bodied fronts that are shorter, but the pinch bot design on the XI hub was making that difficult...then car turned into a pop can and i lost interest. I found a couple coilover bodies (like empty housings) that would work well if anyone ever is curious about making good coils yourself


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Old 02-24-2016, 08:18 AM   #99
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@rob are there shorter version of your shock available? if so id be interested
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #100
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@rob are there shorter version of your shock available? if so id be interested
Yes.

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Nitrous is a little trickier than boost, but it's not the spray that kills motors, it's STUPIDITY!!
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