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Old 04-21-2008, 08:24 PM
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Curious About The Ride

I really love the X3, but my only criticism would have to do with the slightly bouncy, busy ride even with the 07 and beyond.

As a curiosity, has anyone swapped out their OE shocks with anything aftermarket or have any knowledge of doing that? Do you think it would make a difference going with some Bilsteins for example as a relatively simple and inexpensive solution?
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:36 PM
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I can tell you one thing: the tires make a difference. The Pirelli Scorpions were firm, as were the 210 Snowsports. The first thing I noticed with the new Kumho summer tires I put on was a more complaint ride, and tire pressure was the same. This, despite an upsize to 18" and lower profile (basically sport package size).

That said, I wish I had the Pirellis back. The Kumhos are comfy and quiet and grip well up to 9/10ths. But they rob all road feel and get unpredictable at the limit.

I think someone, a long time ago, did swap to Blisteins and noted good results. However, the X3 has a short wheelbase relatively speaking, and is set up for aggressive sporty cornering. The X5 is the "luxury" SAV in the family.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:12 PM
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I can tell you one thing: the tires make a difference. The Pirelli Scorpions were firm, as were the 210 Snowsports. The first thing I noticed with the new Kumho summer tires I put on was a more complaint ride, and tire pressure was the same. This, despite an upsize to 18" and lower profile (basically sport package size).

That said, I wish I had the Pirellis back. The Kumhos are comfy and quiet and grip well up to 9/10ths. But they rob all road feel and get unpredictable at the limit.

I think someone, a long time ago, did swap to Blisteins and noted good results. However, the X3 has a short wheelbase relatively speaking, and is set up for aggressive sporty cornering. The X5 is the "luxury" SAV in the family.
Yes, I have the Michelins and they seem fine. I do love the handling of the X3 but would trade a little sportiness in return for maybe 15% compliance if just for city use at least.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:57 PM
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The Michelins are the softest riding of all three OEM tires. You're driving a caddy compared to my X3 on Bridgestones. It's funny, cuz I drive my X3 in a sporty manner and the last thing I'd want is a softer suspension that gives more body roll. Compared to a 3er wagon, this thing sways.

Listen, springs and dampers work as a system and should be matched. Replacing just the dampers and failing to replace the springs is a bad idea. So if you're going to do it, do it right. Personally, I'd just leave the thing stock.

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:16 PM
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I run the Pirelli's at 32 PSI all around on my '04 (ragged in the mags for the harsh ride...)

I can tell a considerable difference in rough ride if I go to the recommended 36 PSI in the back tires. If I drive most any other car now - they seem "squishy".

I think people's conception of what the X3 "is supposed to be in their minds" is more closely suited to a 3 Series Coupe or Sedan. Not the X3 - which has capabilties the sedans/coupes don't.
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:22 PM
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The Michelins are the softest riding of all three OEM tires. You're driving a caddy compared to my X3 on Bridgestones. It's funny, cuz I drive my X3 in a sporty manner and the last thing I'd want is a softer suspension that gives more body roll. Compared to a 3er wagon, this thing sways.

Listen, springs and dampers work as a system and should be matched. Replacing just the dampers and failing to replace the springs is a bad idea. So if you're going to do it, do it right. Personally, I'd just leave the thing stock.
Hmm, and to even find a maker of aftermarket springs to soften the X3 seems unlikely. Most offer even more extreme springs/shocks that enhance the performance and lower the ride.
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I really love the X3, but my only criticism would have to do with the slightly bouncy, busy ride even with the 07 and beyond.

As a curiosity, has anyone swapped out their OE shocks with anything aftermarket or have any knowledge of doing that? Do you think it would make a difference going with some Bilsteins for example as a relatively simple and inexpensive solution?
Your best solution would be to get a lexus instead. Why get an X3 if you are going to change it close to a lexus?
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:22 AM
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Your best solution would be to get a lexus instead. Why get an X3 if you are going to change it close to a lexus?
Easy now.

That is always the classic response. Just like BMW offers sport and non-sport talking about making tuning adjustment to one's car does not mean I want a Lexus or automatically qualify me as a Lexus intender. It just means a car customized on preference.

Plus I don't hate the ride and positively love the handling as well as the whole package (inline 6 for example).
As I have said elsewhere I am looking for touch more compliance since I'm an urban warrior most of the time and cannot use the car at autobahn speeds (regrettably)
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Easy now.

That is always the classic response. Just like BMW offers sport and non-sport talking about making tuning adjustment to one's car does not mean I want a Lexus or automatically qualify me as a Lexus intender. It just means a car customized on preference.

Plus I don't hate the ride and positively love the handling as well as the whole package (inline 6 for example).
As I have said elsewhere I am looking for touch more compliance since I'm an urban warrior most of the time and cannot use the car at autobahn speeds (regrettably)
You are correct. I was reactive. Apologies.
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You are correct. I was reactive. Apologies.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:30 AM
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I just put the Goodyear Regattas on my X3 last weekend and notice a major difference to my previous Bridgestone. Quiter Ride, and slightly softer. On the other hand, I think it rolls a bit more, and I feel like I have lost some feel of the road. Like you, I am willing to make these sacrifices in performance for a more comfortable feel. It certainly doesn't ride like a lexus with the GYs
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:45 AM
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I don't think the X-3 rides harsh at all. It handles and rides just about like a 3 sedan. I wouldn't do anything to ours that's not strictly OEM.
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i have a 2004 with the sport pkg...and i did prefer it without the sport pakg (now that i've had the car for a while)

i had a 2006 non sport as a loaner once and i really liked it more than mine with the sport pkg........even thought mine do handle better....i did give that up for a better ride just caz i dun have the need to be 'hanging turns' in a SAV..... (i'll leave that when i drive the Roadster)

i also recently put some BS S-03 on (from the OEM Turenza) which made a HUGE diff...i know the S-03 is still kindda 'stiff' but is MUCH better than the EL42s...and at the closeout price of $130 a pop a for S-03 ...i just cant pass on that deal
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