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Old 05-06-2013, 06:22 PM
bluskye bluskye is offline
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I am planning on installing this bad boy in this weekend. I will update on the post install with some pics hopefully.

You can purchase here: http://www.odometergears.com/product...+1999-2010/132

Install info down below:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...8&postcount=11
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:16 PM
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What material is it made of? Where did you find it?

I knew of a brass gear made in Italy and available through eBay, but didn't know of any other alternative, particularly something made in the USandA

Btw, just run into this video that could help: http://www.youtube.com/embed/1NmRe6DbXuY

Also found the gear also: http://www.odometergears.com/product...+1999-2010/132

Thanks a lot for sharing!!!! Great find...
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:42 PM
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They sell it on FCP Groton, but going directly to Odometer Gear is much cheaper =)
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:31 AM
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I am planning on installing this bad boy in this weekend. I will update on the post install with some pics hopefully.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:31 PM
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OK--I watched the video but I'm clueless here. Is this is a common failure point on the X3?
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:53 PM
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....... Is this is a common failure point on the X3?
At one point, feedback on this forum made it look to be one of those inevitable things that happen after X miles or Y years.

But it seems we now have high miles owners without any wear on that part.

Jeff or Darren at Odometer Gears may be right - having variations in amount of tread depth from a less than full 4 tire replacement is what causes the excessive wear.

See last para. in: http://www.odometergears.com/return_policy.php

If you know this has never been the case with your X3 then it probably doesn't need to be on your radar.

If you buy a used X3 and don't know what tires it had on in the past it could be a concern.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:09 PM
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At one point, feedback on this forum made it look to be one of those inevitable things that happen after X miles or Y years.

But it seems we now have high miles owners without any wear on that part.

Jeff or Darren at Odometer Gears may be right - having variations in amount of tread depth from a less than full 4 tire replacement is what causes the excessive wear.

See last para. in: http://www.odometergears.com/return_policy.php

If you know this has never been the case with your X3 then it probably doesn't need to be on your radar.

If you buy a used X3 and don't know what tires it had on in the past it could be a concern.
Just thinking out loud, but could it also be a bad batch of gears? It would be nice to survey the owners with the failure and see if there is a trend on the build date (s) or something like that...
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:28 PM
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At one point, feedback on this forum made it look to be one of those inevitable things that happen after X miles or Y years.

But it seems we now have high miles owners without any wear on that part.

Jeff or Darren at Odometer Gears may be right - having variations in amount of tread depth from a less than full 4 tire replacement is what causes the excessive wear.

See last para. in: http://www.odometergears.com/return_policy.php

If you know this has never been the case with your X3 then it probably doesn't need to be on your radar.

If you buy a used X3 and don't know what tires it had on in the past it could be a concern.
I think you hit the nail on the head!!!


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Old 05-12-2013, 07:52 PM
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When I bought my X3 used it turned out the rears were slightly more worn than the fronts, less than 2/32 difference. Although I had a PPI, this wasn't caught, and it wasn't on my radar at the time as something to check, especially since all the tires were Scorpions with close to the same wear, looked like a set.

Later after I gouged the sidewall of one of the fronts, I replaced both fronts with used tires, now the fronts were slightly more worn than the rears.

Then finally I replaced them all with new Scorpions.

75K miles now, so far no transfer case problems, knock wood.

Someone told me in this process that a 2/32 or less difference front to rear is OK, I'm thinking that's true. Especially if the tire sizes match left to right.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:38 PM
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Curious to hear how this turned out for you bluskye.

Let us know how it went!
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:17 PM
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I finally did the install. It was quite a PITA removing the actuator due to tight space.

Videos as reference:



Tips
You will need a couple extenders for your ratchet
Jack up the transfer case a bit to make re-installing the black support brace easier

Learn from my failure:
I placed the motor/screw back in the assembly backwards. 4x4 light came on when I started the engine. How you can tell its oriented right: Sticker of the motor/screw should face in towards the transfer case.

Summary:
As you can see from the picture (original on the left and new on the right) at 72k mi, the original component was fine. You cant tell from the picture, but the original was slightly worn at the very top cogs but nothing serious.

I believe as others said, if you keep your tires evenly worn you should be good.
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