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Old 12-22-2009, 12:21 AM   #1
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2001 330XI Rear Coil Springs And Shock Absorbers

I just found out I need to replace the rear coil springs (the front are in good shape).

If I do not want to lower my car or replace the front coil springs I am wondering what kind of coil springs I can get for the rear. I do not seem to find them in the online store to get them.

I would also like to replace the rear shocks at the same time. Do you think the Bilstein Heavy Duty Rear Shocks are good replacement ?

My daily driving is normal.

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:54 AM   #2
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Bilstein has a good shock kit.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:49 AM   #3
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Bilstein has a good shock kit.
Yes I saw their Heavy Duty shock absorbers and I would be interested.

Do you know of any coil springs that are available too ?

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Old 12-23-2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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Does anybody know of any part supplier who sell OEM coil spring ?

I phoned Pelican Parts and they would have to specially order the BMW coils. It seems that you can get performance coils with no problem.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:04 PM   #5
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From your profile it indicates your car is a 2001 xi. Assuming an 01 with ~12k miles per year, you might have 80 to 90k miles on it? At that mileage it is typlically wise to replace the struts / shocks at all four corners as they are likely worn. Doing the fronts is not very difficult.

If you prefer a sporting feel, go for H&R Sport springs and Bilstein sport dampers.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:17 PM   #6
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Dinan or Eibach springs provide the most oem like feel for aftermarket springs, I believe.

I would stay away from H&R sport springs- they are the most uncomfortable.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. My car has 57k miles on it. That is why I was not thinking of changing all of them at this time and I like the ride of the stock setup. Your setup would properly cost less than the BMW coils and Bilstein shocks. I will keep that in mind as an option.

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From your profile it indicates your car is a 2001 xi. Assuming an 01 with ~12k miles per year, you might have 80 to 90k miles on it? At that mileage it is typlically wise to replace the struts / shocks at all four corners as they are likely worn. Doing the fronts is not very difficult.

If you prefer a sporting feel, go for H&R Sport springs and Bilstein sport dampers.
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:36 AM   #8
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I think this would mean replacing all 4 sets of my car. I believe these are lower setup. Thanks.

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Dinan or Eibach springs provide the most oem like feel for aftermarket springs, I believe.

I would stay away from H&R sport springs- they are the most uncomfortable.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #9
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Wish everybody is enjoying their X'mas with their family today comfortably at home.

I have searched high and low for the suppliers for the BMW OEM or genuine parts and came across this site www.onlinebmwparts.com. It seems to have good price on parts but I could not find out how good this company is. No search result has turned up on this forum either. Just curious if anybody had dealt with them before and could comment on them.

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Old 12-25-2009, 02:12 PM   #10
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getbmwparts.com for OEM dealer parts.
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