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E36 M3 (1995-1999)

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Old 04-14-2012, 08:13 PM
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In need for E36 M3 Output Shaft/ CV Axle

I am in need for a left rear Output Shaft someone may call it CV Axle or Half Drive Axle (27mm). This is for 1997 BMW E36 M3 coupe 5 speed manual transmission. I think the BMW Part number is 33212228156.

I am in the San Francisco Bay area. Ideally there is a low mile stock unit coming out of a parting so I can do a local pick up quickly. Thanks
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:57 PM
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Someone offers me an used Axle. Just wondering is there anywhere on the axle that I can find the part number? What is the difference between a M3 axle and non-M3, 3 Series axle from outside? Any information is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:18 AM
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The None-M axles are thin and the M ones are thicker.
As for the part number... Never spotted one when I replaced mines. I just made sure they were from the same year
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:02 PM
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^ Correct the M axles are a bit "beefier" than the Non M axles.

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Old 04-25-2012, 08:16 AM
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I find it weird how some ///M3's come with 27mm axles and some with 32mm...
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:28 AM
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^That's always bugged me as well. At least with the sedans you should always find the larger shafts (it's all that came on them in the states)
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:16 AM
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Well, when I was looking for the axles, EVEN the sedans had the 27mm. It first I thought it was just the auto's tran's but once I saw 5 speed with the 27mm, I started to wonder. I had look around alot for 97 m3 with the same production date and everything just to get the axles.
It was a big huge pain in the butt trying to hunt down the same year and everything.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:14 PM
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Thanks everyone for the reply. A guy who is specialized in parting out M3 offered me an axle which has the trailing arm still attached to it at $200. The parts were come out of a 1995 M3, which looks like in a good shape. All the bushings, except the large one, on it were also looked in a very good shape. I have it installed a week a go and it seems working so far but I have not been driving my fixed M3 much since then because I am thinking about replacing my front bumper cover soon, which has been out of shape and unstable for a while.

Although they looked identical and fit, do you think the 95 axle and the trailing arm are good fix for my 97 M3? Will they cause any trouble later for my M3?

I was told the 27mm axle has the solid steel bar vs the 38mm which has the steel tube. Mine has the 27mm axle. The replacement is also a 27mm. Which one is better or stronger or it really doesn't matter.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:36 AM
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Blahhh typo LOL
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:49 AM
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I think you might have a little problem here....

The 95 m3 axles are thinner but solid. the 96+ are thicker but hollow
As for the trailing arm... its a coupe. so the trailing arm could be longer or shorter


http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...68&hg=33&fg=25

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...04&hg=33&fg=30

the top 2 is for a 95 m3. as you can see... totally different part numbers.

the bottom 2 are for you 97 m3...

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...68&hg=33&fg=25

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...04&hg=33&fg=30

have you taken your car for an alignment yet?
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:46 PM
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On RealOEM here is how I selected my car:

11/1996 E36 M3 Coupe S52 USA Left hand drive Manual

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...68&hg=33&fg=25

It shows two axle part numbers for this car. One is for the 27mm and the other is for the 38mm. It seems to me both should work. Besides, both of my old ones are 27mm. So I think I am Ok on the axle. But as you know, the trailing arm is different.

I have sent it to local wheel work for alignment. It is odd they did not give me any report this time, but the car runs straight and I do not feel any different than before.
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