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ecuconnection
06-09-2008, 12:59 PM
anybody have a 46mm socket with a breaker bar? Im doing my front bearings ... thanks!

chromius
06-09-2008, 02:54 PM
you sure it's 46mm and not 36mm? 46 seems awfully big...and as far as I know, most axle nuts are 36mm and under.

ecuconnection
06-09-2008, 04:51 PM
from all that I read E23, E24, E28, E32, E34, E36, E38, E46 are all 46mm in the front and 36mm 12 point in the rear but ya like trying to find a 46mm socket is hard

if someone could confirm 36mm for fronts that would be freakin fantastic haha

chromius
06-09-2008, 10:07 PM
from all that I read E23, E24, E28, E32, E34, E36, E38, E46 are all 46mm in the front and 36mm 12 point in the rear but ya like trying to find a 46mm socket is hard

if someone could confirm 36mm for fronts that would be freakin fantastic haha

hmmm...there goes bmw always having to be different:D

The e39 is just four normal size bolts at the backside of the front hub, and the whole thing pops out.

ecuconnection
06-09-2008, 10:19 PM
lucky!! the hunt it on for a aircraft size socket haha

Philboski
06-10-2008, 08:12 AM
I'd bet that Princess Auto would have it.

chromius
06-10-2008, 08:22 AM
$30 on e-bay

everlast
06-10-2008, 09:37 AM
Maybe easier to find the SAE equiv which is 1 & 13/16".

everlast
06-10-2008, 09:38 AM
Try tractor supply company in kemptville.

chromius
06-10-2008, 09:41 AM
Maybe easier to find the SAE equiv which is 1 & 13/16".

ewwww...non metric is gross:D

carjoe
06-10-2008, 10:14 AM
The local hardware stores don't have any?

everlast
06-10-2008, 11:05 AM
ewwww...non metric is gross:D

IME, anything above a 22mm has a SAE equiv and they're usually a lot cheaper. I suppose the bigger the socket the more forgiving the tolerance too.

everlast
06-10-2008, 11:05 AM
Bear, I've got a 1/2" drive breaker bar and a pipe if you need them.

ecuconnection
06-10-2008, 06:56 PM
sweet I might take you up on that if I find a socket :)

Spennie
06-10-2008, 07:42 PM
My buddy has a set of tractor impact sockets and regular 1/2" drive sockets, but all the way in Peterborough :( .... Tractor store gogogo!

jeffrie
06-10-2008, 09:15 PM
If it's the same size as a E30 almost positive it's 36mm up front.
Only BMW wheel bearing I'v ever changed.

Any heavy macheinery shop should have sizes that large & larger but you might need a 1" drive ratchet to use it. You have to TQ that nut on to something like 210+ft/lbs.

I just so happen to have a 1" drive ratchet about 2 ft long along with the impact socket set that goes with it.
Sizes range is from 3/4" - 1-5/8", 1-3/16 being one of the sizes.

Yours to borrow if you like Bears.

ecuconnection
06-10-2008, 10:23 PM
46mm confirmed!! how much to ship that socket set jeff?? :P I need a 1 13/16

ecuconnection
06-11-2008, 10:38 AM
All good boys and girls... princess auto has a 20pcs set to 50mm for 49.99 on sale reg 89.99 going to grab one now :)

http://www.princessauto.com/moreinfo.cfm?TAG=101578&SCAN=CAN

chromius
06-11-2008, 10:42 AM
wow...that's a killer deal. I might pick one of those up too.

ecuconnection
06-11-2008, 02:37 PM
I got there and they were all sold out so I got a breaker bar and 46mm socket alone and it all came to $35 .... the set would be amazing to have if I ever needed to work on a planes landing gear lol


by the way replacing front bearings is tooo easy ... save your money and do it yourself people :)

Philboski
06-11-2008, 03:36 PM
Princess Auto FTW. Most of the stuff is made in China, but it seems to be reasonably well-made in China. And the prices are great.

ecuconnection
06-11-2008, 05:33 PM
they have a big sale on there ... it was freakin crazy in there today

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 11:16 AM
anybody have a 30mm 12 point socket been all around town.. lots of 6 point sockets in that size but trying to find a 12 point is nut's ... princess auto sold out, Ottawa fastner sold out ... Im going insane!!!

everlast
06-12-2008, 11:19 AM
12 point.. :( no, sry. I might have a 30mm (or SAE ~) but they're 6 point.

what's this for?

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 11:25 AM
rear axel nut

chromius
06-12-2008, 11:27 AM
your rear is 30mm? what's the deal with these e36's? why all the messed up sizes...

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 11:35 AM
reg e36 are 30mm rear and the M3's are 36mm in the rear... ****in retarted if you ask me.. plus you have to remove the half shaft with female torx and that was a battle to find those

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 11:44 AM
jay! If your looking for a distraction this weeknd I could defently use the help... some steps look like a two person job for sure... Going to order up the socket I guess and get it tomorow at noon so I will be ready for the weeknd... I only have the one side to do so it shouldnt be that time consuming... let me know if can spare some time and I could bring some BBQ eat's :)

everlast
06-12-2008, 01:25 PM
I let you know by tomorrow, sound good?

edit: rather, I'll let you know sometime tomorrow.

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 02:31 PM
awesome!

ecuconnection
06-12-2008, 07:23 PM
Ya I'm taking on the job at home as the bearing is totaly f'd ... I got everything tore down and even got the sway bar to break loose so I can pull the cv joint out witch I thought was going to be a real 2 person beoch of a job to do, due to the fact its under presure... thanks for offering to help jason will have try out that bbq and the new deck sometime soon :)*rockout*

ecuconnection
06-13-2008, 01:15 PM
Ok so rear's are much harder and I broke 2 pullers trying to get the hub and axel out ... not sure what Im going to do now ... f#$%!!

ecuconnection
06-13-2008, 03:07 PM
I could use a hand when I actulay get the hub off haha...I wd-40d the shit out of the axel where it meets with the hub and put the fly wheel puller on and broke both arms and then I got stupid and took a 10 pound hammer and tryed to hammer the axel out and mushroomed the threads a little bit but got the big 30mm nut back on thank god... guess I have no choice but rent the slide hammer tool... gona rent and work on it tomorow... the worst part about the job is removing the torx screws at the diff it's a tight spot and you need some to spin the shaft for the next bolt or your there for an hour removing 6 bolts ... if anybody is free tomorow and would like to help out I would be very happy 6139139728 around noon

chromius
06-13-2008, 03:24 PM
Forget the WD-40...that shit is useless. Use some good penetrant, like 3in1 or liquid wrench.

sorry to hear about the problems, I hate it when jobs don't work out as easy as they appear.

ecuconnection
06-13-2008, 03:51 PM
oh allright I will have to try those for sure thanks

ecuconnection
06-14-2008, 02:49 PM
allright so another day and another disaster ! I rent the hammer slide puller from CT and thinking it has the 4 finger puller that you attach to the hub via your rim bolts, it so didnt!! and I never looked inside till I got home ErG!! DONT RENT FROM CT! anyway managed to jimmy rig up some stuff and broke 2 more puller hooks and today was just not good f#$%!!! guess I will try parts source next for the correct rental and the correct accessories that go along with the tool package gzzz... rear bearing's = hell of a job !

chromius
06-14-2008, 03:06 PM
You can't really expect a free tool rental to always be a perfect fit for BMW's...I wouldn't knock CT for that. I've used their tool rentals, and have had good success. I'm just happy that there is a place that will loan FREE tools, and I'll continue to support them. I think it's wicked that they do that, and I hope they keep it up. It saves buying thousands of dollars worth of tools that you might only use a couple of times.

Either way, sorry to hear it's not going well.

ecuconnection
06-14-2008, 04:36 PM
No NO sorry didnt mean to sound like I was bashing them hardcore it's partly my fault and the parts guys for not looking but I totaly love the idea and the fact that you can rent for free I just couldnt believe they would send a tool out with half missing part's... like I called merviale parts source and they said they wont rent it out right now cause parts are missing or being replaced/fixed

Nascar318is
06-16-2008, 05:09 PM
Barrie, hate to break it to you but you better get some new torx screws.. it's recommended, I hat to change mine when Jeff and I did my rear springs.. yeah tons of fun lol

ecuconnection
06-16-2008, 09:49 PM
update! finaly got the hub off and the slide hammer was useless... ended up using a 10 pound slede to punch the shaft out and then the hub droped out like nothing, but the outer race is stuck in the control arm and I will have to take the whole arm to a machine shop and press it out ... good thing we didnt try this at your crib jason or we would have been both screwed haha my car has been on jacks in the laneway for a week now

everlast
06-17-2008, 08:40 AM
LOL, ya, good thing. I would have had to drop it onto a couple skateboards and rolled it away. :)

Sorry I wasn't able to lend a hand. This weekend turned out different than I expected.

chromius
06-17-2008, 08:49 AM
LOL, ya, good thing. I would have had to drop it onto a couple skateboards and rolled it away. :)


LMAO..That's a hilarious mental picture.

ecuconnection
06-17-2008, 11:33 AM
lol I would so video tape that and utube it haha.... anyway finaly goter after 5 day's of fighting/Banging away...no more grinding!! WOOO!

everlast
06-17-2008, 12:39 PM
Well, that's awesome. Great feeling when something finally works eh?

ecuconnection
06-17-2008, 02:23 PM
yup and I have it down to a science now ... I figured out all the tricks to making things work without the special tools