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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 05-20-2018, 09:57 AM   #11
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Hey Manny, glad you are taking care of that car; sounds like the suspension was a random assortment of worn out parts! I hope that picture is BEFORE you did your work?

I have H&R Sports from the previous owner, and recently had to upgrade my rear shocks to e46 Bilstein B8s when one of the old style B8s failed (the old fronts are still solid). I also have all poly bushings (and subframe mounts), and although I do not mind a very firm ride, I really don't think it is as bad as many on here advertise (maybe I am just used to it after years in the BMW and years in a Prelude, with similar treatment, before... the poly did make a noticeable difference). The H&Rs advertise 1.2"F/1"R drop, but as you can see in the description at FCP, it is more like 1.5-2" (I'd say closer to 1.5-1.7...?). Anyway, here the springs. Nice installation guide

Eibachs are less of a drop, if I recall correctly, so you definitely do not need anything for extra camber adjustment... If fact, nothing extra is needed with the H&Rs either... That being said, powerflex makes some really nice lower control arms that are a lot stronger than the stock AL ones... I upgraded mine while the suspension was being refreshed; there are some other options too, but I'd steer away (no pun intended) from the solid spherical bushings... like godspeed... Here is a link to the powerflex rear LCAs... They are pretty sweet, even if the car is so low that I never see them!

Finally, regarding upper spring pads... Your 02 (post 9/01) should have the thicker 14.5mm pads, rather than the 5mm pads. Personally, I upgraded my rear upper pads to superpro poly (I chatted ECS and I think they said they are 11mm), which raised my rear up just a bit. I never thought it looked too out of level in the first place (lower in rear), but it certainly looks fairly level now... Here are the pads... When I looked at prices for new genuine pads I saw no reason not to go poly...


edit: here are some good threads on xi suspension... and oh yeah, lowered xis do eat front axles, so, if you can get some with a lifetime warranty, like FCP, I recommend it! (post with links to more threads...)
G.A.S. CCV and DISA rebuild; H&R Sport Springs, Bilstein B8s, and poly bushings; Valeo SMF & non-SA Clutch, CDV delete, and E60 Shifter w/ ZHP knob; Beisan System VANOS Seals...
Mtech-II Front Bumper (PO got bumped in parking lot!); Eagle Eye LED Tail Lights... Lots of PM!!!

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