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Old 11-29-2011, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Dominic49 View Post
i dont think doing them in metal would be much better, id rather replace with another plastic ala the ODO gears on the early bmws

i'd rather the gear in the actuator strip out vs what it is actuating....

either way it wouldnt be hard to have them machined or cast if i had a sample to work from
Hmm. That's an important consideration in this instance that hadn't occurred to me before: the gear may have been deliberately specified by BMW to be made of plastic for that very reason -- to allow it to be the designed failure point, rather than the actuator motor, should the system become jammed for one reason or another...

A plastic replacement gear might be a better alternative to a metal one at that...

X3 w/6-speed & Sport Package:
A sports sedan disguised as an SUV...
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