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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:56 AM
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I swear to god I'm going to get that ****ing thing off today.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:08 AM
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Really need suggestions with these axle nuts guys. My problem is the axle is able to spin freely and there isn't much I can do to stop it. (no diff, not attached to a car, etc...) if any of you have run into this PLEASE let me know how you solved it. Thanks in advance.
Do the axles connect to the diff via flange or splined shaft?
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:27 PM
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:46 PM
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Get a thick piece of plywood or some aluminum and drill the pattern into it, then bolt the axle to it.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:52 PM
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Got it.

I've conquered the awful axle nut. Thanks for all the help guys!
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:56 PM
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I'm not sure how unnecessary this part of the DIY is for most of you. It's generally accepted that to do this whole job one would need a press. I disagree. I'm not opposed to buying one necessarily, I have three projects going on in my garage right now and I don't have much room for a giant free standing Harbor Freight press at the moment. Here is how I removed the bushing on the diff cover. This applies to any number of bushings on a few different models of BMW (E30, E36, E46, etc...) Hope this helps someone out there.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:33 PM
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I've conquered the awful axle nut. Thanks for all the help guys!
Forgot the outside was like that. I did the same thing with a piece of chain for a flywheel before.

EDIT: About the press, you could try to get a piece to put between to gear puller and the bushing to push the sleeve out at the same time. Could try a socket perhaps, just get creative.

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Old 07-28-2011, 08:22 AM
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The nuts and bolts (and some bushings) finally arrived. ECS actually sent me an email saying something to the effect of "are you kidding me?" and "we really don't have all these random washers and such in stock" and "why are you doing this to us?"

*parts of the previous statement may or may not be a complete fabrication.

They did seem to have trouble finding everything though. In the end, they came through. I don't think I've been so charged up about a bag of hardware in my entire life.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:51 PM
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So m3, how did this end up, did you finish the job? I'm jealous of all that new hardware, and nice job on all of the purchasing.

Do you not have a machine shop around? If you had a local shop, perhaps you could have stopped by a few times to revove the axle nut, hot-dip the diff cover, & press bearings.

Would love to see some 'after' photos.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:54 PM
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:24 PM
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I'm aware it's an old thread, I wanted some closure. I don't see the harm in posting in an old thread to see if the OP responds.

As per m3me1138's profile, his Last Activity was 09-20-2012, so we know he is lurking, at the least.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:32 PM
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I'm aware it's an old thread, I wanted some closure. I don't see the harm in posting in an old thread to see if the OP responds.

As per m3me1138's profile, his Last Activity was 09-20-2012, so we know he is lurking, at the least.
Best bet to get a reply from an old posting is PM the poster. They may not even be reading this forum these days.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:45 AM
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Hi all,

Sorry for the long absence. I've been caught up in an E30 project that I finally shoved out the door two weeks ago, and I've been moving into my newer, bigger, better equipped garage....ok and there is a house attached also, but who cares about that part? Anyway, I'll start updating again in a few weeks. Promise.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:36 AM
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:48 PM
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:29 PM
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:32 AM
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Greetings Gents! (and ladies?....are there even any of those on here?)

So at long last I have pulled my old M3 out from under a mound of boxes and excavated the suspension bits I had been wrestling with. Much has changed since I last posted, most importantly, I have literally no time to work on my car.

BUT! I brought it to a local shop with marching orders to carry out all of the work I had been planning. I wish you could have all seen the look of giddy anticipation in the shop owners eyes when he did the mental math on how much money he was about to make on me. It's worth it! I love my E36! My kids totally don't need to go to college!

I'm not sure how this is going to work as far as this post, however, as I'm not going to be in the shop to take pictures. I'll see if the mechanics would be so kind as to snap a few as they go. Perhaps I'll be able to stop in on the weekends when I'm in town. We'll see. At the very least I'll be able to do pics as certain stages are completed.

I can't wait to drive this thing again. Just nursing it to the shop was fun. I reallyyyy miss this car!
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Great news.

It makes me happy when people revive old threads - thank you OP. Keeping the message board and the greater Internet organized.

What do you think this will cost you, a few grand?

Let's see a photo of the dusty M3 from under the boxes.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:57 PM
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Hi all!

So as I mentioned earlier, I brought the M3 to a local shop that I frequent to have them finish the rear suspension refresh which I don't have time/space for. Straight away they began making a list of things that needed to be done to the car that looked like this:

Hood Struts
Engine Air Filter
Fuel Filter
Power Steering Hoses
AC Leak
Etc....

Guys, guys, guys.... Look. Lets start by ripping the entire rear end out and replacing it with ALL NEW parts. I also need a clutch, driveshaft, flywheel resurfacing, and an undercoating. (as I mentioned earlier, the dudes eyes lit up. It was like Christmas for him.)


Fast forward two weeks and $5,100. (I'm pretty sure the car isn't even worth that at this point)


-The decision has been made to blast and paint the suspension structure rather than powdercoat
- The clutch is in and the flywheel has been resurfaced
- They are working on a solution for a stiff U-Joint on the drive shaft, so if any of you in the Chicago area have a coupe driveshaft available I would appreciate it.
- They have completely removed the old bits and a recent order from ECS (RTABS, Hubs, Rear bearings, dust shields, ebrake hardware) is set to arrive early this coming week so that they can begin to reinstall the fresh bits.



Below I have attached a few of the pics from stage 1. More to come...
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Old 10-10-2015, 07:37 AM
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Nice, you're really getting into it!

You might want to replace your old coolant while you're at it - drain flush flush refill. Can get stanky after a few years.

I want to go work on my E36.
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:18 PM
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So another week has gone by and the progress on the M3 is creeping along. The main suspension bits have come back from the media blaster and been repainted. Most of the new parts have arrived and the mechanic has begun building the main assemblies. The diff was blasted as well, but will be taken apart and rebuilt before being re-installed. I've decided to have the bare metal diff cover installed so that there is contrast. (for looks...come on, looks matter.) I can't wait to drive this thing! Unfortunately, once it finally gets brought down from the rack it's still going to look like crap......body work next.
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Clear coat the diff cover if you're leaving it bare metal. Otherwise it will oxidize and look like crap in a few months.
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Isn't it just bare cast aluminum from the factory?
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It's clear anodized if I recall correctly. It's got something on it, because there was a layer of some sort of coating that came off when I bead blasted mine.
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