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Old 11-16-2006, 09:27 PM   #1
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Driveshaft

I was told that I need a new u-joint for my driveshaft.(bad vibration)
Has anyone replaced one before? Do i need special tools?

First post, first BMW.

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Old 11-16-2006, 09:30 PM   #2
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The u-joint on our driveshalfs are sadly not serviceable.

Meaning you need to buy a used one, or a remanufactured one.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:37 PM   #3
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Crappy oh well. Thanks.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:38 PM   #4
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What should I be looking for in a used one? what other e30 shafts fit?
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:47 PM   #5
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Is it a 5spd?

If it is, any 5spd driveshalf could work either from a 325e or 325i e30, but if its from later style i (after 9/87), you need the correct Centre Support Bearing for the car. Which is the early style CSB .

If you picked up an later style driveshalf that came with a CSB you'd have to replace it with an early style one, but the driveshalf itself is physically the same.

When buying a used one, you need to feel the u-joints by testing the movement, it needs to be smooth with no notches, but the joint itself can't be loose to the point where it jiggles around in its socket.


Edit: These are the two different CSB part numbers. You need the first one no matter which driveshalf you use.
CENTER MOUNT 55X13X30 1 Upto 09/1987 P/N 26121225152
CENTER MOUNT 55X13X30 1 From 09/1987 P/N 26121226723

I'd replace the CSB anyways as well as the flex disk while your in there.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:18 AM   #6
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if you want a 85 325e, 5 speed, 4 door, parts car with a good drive shaft, mine doesnt vibrate at all, let me know this one is up for grabs

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=81106
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:14 PM   #7
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yes u can replace your u joint auto trend does it. phone them and tell them u got a vibration AND U CAN REPLACE THE U joint
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Old 11-18-2006, 04:02 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info guys!

From searching some say you can replace it and some say you can't.

I'll call up auto trend, anyone know the number?

Again, thanks.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:30 PM   #9
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iam sure it will be alot cheaper to replace it than buying a used one and u wont be 100% that it will be good give them a call they are busy so u might have to wait a week or two sooner u call sooner u get in let me no how it goes
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:18 PM   #10
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FYI, its not very hard to swap a driveshaft once you've got a good one. Just make sure it is in great shape and the centerbearing is good, NO play / notchiness to the joints.

A re-serviced one with the ujoints replaced usually have GM ujoints put in, but my reseach showed them to be VERY expensive, like over $1K.

Anyway, remove the rear half of the exhaust, the heat shields and remove the shifter console from inside the car. In an auto, you need to disconnect one lever that goes to the tranny. You can get to the rear bolts that connect it to the diff from under the car, and the front ones from inside the car quite easily. Then undo the center bearing bolt. Place a jack under the diff and undo the four bolts holding it in place. Slide it back about 2" and the driveshaft will come right out.

Its relatively easy to do. I had mine out over 12 times one weekend trying to balance it.

If you take the new one apart to install a centerbearing, take EVERY precaution you can to ensure it goes back together the same way. I suggest digital pictures and using a punch to mark the DS.

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Old 11-21-2006, 01:12 AM   #11
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There was someone selling one for $200 or something like that a little while ago here on Max. Punzells i think. Anyways they are around. A brand new driveshaft from the dealer goes for about $800. I think realoem.com is $700. Much cheaper and you know its better quality than a reserviced one.
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Old 11-21-2006, 02:35 AM   #12
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How do you balance it? On the car?
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yea there is a specil tool u balence it with
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:39 PM   #14
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yea there is a specil tool u balence it with
I think its more like a computerized machine.

I didn't know places redo them, i guess thats how remanufactured ones are made.

Most shops probably charge too much, call bimmersport or RMP to find out which is better.

I guess if you can get a used one cheap, that might be easier.
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:13 PM   #15
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yea i no the guys are auto trend they did a buddies of mind rick the guy there did it with his tool from bmw and all the drive shaft problems are gone give rmp and them a call to get a quote
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