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Thread: E83 M-sport package. Can I buy non-M sport and convert ? What's in this package?

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    E83 M-sport package. Can I buy non-M sport and convert ? What's in this package?

    If I buy a base X3, can I plug & play install M-sport stuff like stiffer shocks and springs?
    What exactly is part of the M-sport package? Not to be confused with an actual X3 M.


    I'm not too worried about a body kit, seats, or wheel size. Steering wheel, eh.
    I am mainly interested in the sport suspension firmness.
    What suspension parts are different ?
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    To begin, I don't know exactly what the differences may have been with regards to things like "sports struts", thicker f/r anti-sway bars or wheel packages like the E39's had. I do know H&R makes lowering springs and f/r anti-sway bars. Coupled with Bilstein struts, urethane bushings here and there and you'd have something fun if that's your idea of fun.

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    Suspension upgrades are key to handling with the e83. I recommend the rear sway bar from the M sport model for a start.
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    Brian
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    Stock rear anti-sway bar is 17.5mm, M sport is 18.5mm. That is nearly 25% stiffer (see calculation here: http://www.autospeed.com/cms/article...igans&A=112694 )

    Here is p/n for factory rear M sport: https://parts.bmwnorthwest.com/p/BMW...iABEgICdfD_BwE

    At that price I'd say that's a pretty good bang for the buck
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    You may also want to install upgraded rear trailing arm bushings and / or RTAB limiting plates
    Regards,

    Brian
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