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      09-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Need solid info on how to lower my 335XI, reverse rake needs to go!

Ok so i will never track my car, streets only. I wouldnt mind a set of cheaper coilovers (under $1,300) if i actually knew of a set that would work with the XI. I have searched so please dont tell me to use the search button. What i see a lot of is people with xi's asking, but then people with i's replying with what they have. And it seems like they are not the same animals.

I have looked at a few diff spring/strut combos but holy hell it looks like about 1k just for those. I had Tein S springs only on my 335i and the drop was slammed but i loved it besides the ride with the stock struts sucked. I am looking for either a fully level look, or a tiny bit lower up front. I cannot stand the front being higher then the rear on these cars. Someone please help me
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Ok so i will never track my car, streets only. I wouldnt mind a set of cheaper coilovers (under $1,300) if i actually knew of a set that would work with the XI. I have searched so please dont tell me to use the search button. What i see a lot of is people with xi's asking, but then people with i's replying with what they have. And it seems like they are not the same animals.

I have looked at a few diff spring/strut combos but holy hell it looks like about 1k just for those. I had Tein S springs only on my 335i and the drop was slammed but i loved it besides the ride with the stock struts sucked. I am looking for either a fully level look, or a tiny bit lower up front. I cannot stand the front being higher then the rear on these cars. Someone please help me
Unfortunately, XI's dont have the same selection of coil overs as the 335i's. Most popular entry level setup would be the KW V1's for the XI.
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Ok, are there any springs that will lower the car a little more then HR sports and totally get rid of the reverse rake? Also how much would a set of struts for an XI be to match my lowering springs? And what struts would be recomended? The BG springs look to be pretty decent, are those basically inbetween the HR sport and Tein S as far as how low it goes? Do BG or Tein S make springs for the XI?
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My Bilstein/Eibach setup has no rake. Front and rear are dead even.
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Can you post a few pics? I thought Eibach doesnt go very low? Do they even make Aftermarket struts for XI? Seems like they are all for 335I.
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The Eibach Springs are technically for the i, however the spring rates for most xi aftermarket springs are the same as the i. Lots of people are running the eibachs on the xi, as they're a bit more comfortable/less harsh than the H&Rs.

The Bilstein Sport dampers are made for the xi.

After settling, there is about .5-.75" between the top of tire and the wheel well lip. I can get a finger in there though. Drop isn't tucked or slammed, so if you want the cut spring/honda look, this probably isn't an option for you.

I do think you're better paying for a high quality damper/spring combo at $900, than $1100 for a cheap-o coilver setup. The ride will be terrible. From reading here, it seems people like the KW setups, and they are xi specific, but like anything else, you'll need to pay more for higher quality parts. I think they're in the $1600 range.

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You happen to have any pics of what you mentioned?
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I'll take a few. You can find some crappy cell phone shots pre and post settlement in the "quick xi suspension review" thread in the xi forum too.

The pics up top were just after install. The ones in later pages were a few months later.

I'll try and get some better shots up too.
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