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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-09-2013, 07:59 PM
jcornett jcornett is offline
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Rear Differential Bushing Part Number needed

I have a E-46 328i and noticed the rear differential bushing that mounts on the side of the differential the H Frame has gone bad, I want to do this myself but I need a removal tool and bushing.
I searched on Pelican but all I could find is the 4 bushings that mount to the subfame, I want to make sure I order the correct bushing and correct puller, any suggestions on part numbers and whre to buy from.

Thank you

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Old 03-09-2013, 08:09 PM
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look up your Rear dif bushing here: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do

pretty sure you need #9....http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...39&hg=33&fg=30

and that this is your part: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/33176751808/

Bavarian auto has the tool to remove the bushing, but I used a whole saw, cut out the inners on the old one and chiseled out the housing. Pressed in the new one using Autozone's ball joint removal tool...took a little ingenuity to get it pulled in, but it was doable.

http://www.bavauto.com/shop.asp

click on tools hyperlink twice (on the left side listing) and then type in your model and you will see the tools you need.

eight listing down is what you need for rear dif bushing...$139
14th listing down from top does FCABs quite efficiently when you need to do them////$119

Probably better off dropping the differential as the top two bolts on dif cover took about as long to get out as it would have to drop the entire differential. I did have to undo the two bolts on front dif, and use a floor jack to move dif around as you pull the differential cover to get to the bushing....I looked like a freaking coal miner after I got out from under the car that day...really laughable since cutting the old one out with a hole saw made the rubber look like coal dust all over my face....

real bitch of a job anyway you cut it. I changed sway bar bushings and end links while I was at it since you have to remove the sway bar anyway.

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Old 03-09-2013, 11:59 PM
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look up your Rear dif bushing here: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do

pretty sure you need #9....http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...39&hg=33&fg=30

and that this is your part: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/33176751808/

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which brand of bushing did you install or recommend? i'll be doing this very very soon..

TIA
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:51 AM
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I would recommend Lemforder, they're OEM.

IMHO, you might as well pull the diff and replace the other two bushing at the front. You'll be under there anyway and they're probably going to go bad right after you replace the first bushing (Murphy's Law).

I tried to make my own removal tool but wasn't as successful. I ended up buying the BMW tool for ~$300 and then sold it on ebay after the job was done to recoup my losses. I think I got well over $200 for it.

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:55 PM
ryannel2003 ryannel2003 is offline
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I just tackled this job myself on my 323i and I rented my tool here:

https://www.automotivespecialtytool....tail.php?id=94

This same guy also has the tool for the front bushings available as well. You put a deposit down and as soon as you return the tool you get all but $25 of it back. You get to keep it for a month as well so you have plenty of time to get the work done that is required.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:00 PM
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which brand of bushing did you install or recommend? i'll be doing this very very soon..

TIA
Lemforder....the OEM bushing.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:04 PM
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I would recommend Lemforder, they're OEM.

IMHO, you might as well pull the diff and replace the other two bushing at the front. You'll be under there anyway and they're probably going to go bad right after you replace the first bushing (Murphy's Law).

I tried to make my own removal tool but wasn't as successful. I ended up buying the BMW tool for ~$300 and then sold it on ebay after the job was done to recoup my losses. I think I got well over $200 for it.
My front bushings on the dif looked like new still...same as the upper ball joint and lower mount on the Rear Trailing Arm when I did the RTABs...i.e. RTABs was the only worn out bushing on the trailing arm.
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