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Old 09-09-2013, 11:04 AM
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Post DRIVESHAFT U-JOINT (yes you can change it)

I decided to do a right up for all you Bimmer fans.

Ive been getting alot of older BMW's rolling in the shop lately for clinking driveshaft sounds.

Other then the CSB or the Guibo , yes it is your u joint !! normally happens after 140K miles or so give or take from all the cars rolling into the shop.

Yes they can be replaced!! without buying a new drive shaft.

you have two options, weld the caps or get a inner clip ujoint

BMW OE Part#'s are 26111105398 or 26117518304

BMW02 Saloon (E10)196604 - 197707
BMW02 Convertible (E10)196712 - 197510
BMW1500-2000 Saloon196210 - 197211
BMW3 Saloon (E30)198209 - 199203
BMW5 Saloon (E12)197208 - 198108
BMW5 Saloon (E28)198006 - 199006
BMW5 Saloon (E34)198712 - 199511
BMW2500-3.3 Saloon (E3)196810 - 197704
BMW2000-3.2 Coupe (E9)196510 - 197603
BMW6 (E24)197604 - 199009
BMW7 Saloon (E23)197705 - 198608
BMW3 Convertible (E30)198512 - 199310
BMW02 Touring (E6)197101 - 197507
BMW1600 GT Coupe196710 - 196905


some older BMW's have clips and some does not!! this right up is for the one's that dont.

Aftermarket Cross Part #'s

MEYLE: 3142611104
RUVILLE : 765000
TRUCKTEC AUTOMOTIVE : 0834111
VEMA: 792

Hardest Task is getting the old joint out as its crimped in, I have the tools & 12 ton press but im sure it will come out with a little brain storming on your part.

New Joint maybe welded on the out cap area, short zaps with a mig works. If you have already 140K on the od, welded caps would work just fine as i doubt that you will get another 140K on the od, if you do then it would be time to replace the complete DS anyway.

The Next Bimmer that rolls in the shop i will take the old joint measurements and cross it to a inner clip joint to help you'all out. This is a sample of a inner clip u joint: http://www.dennysdriveshaft.com/p461...mcharger_.html ( its a sample ,not the correct part )

or if anyone has a old joint shoot me the measurements and i will look in my books for a cross.


ok ,now read this! Im tired of replacing these things on BMW's, it does not take much to use that thing in your skulls to figure it out. a u joint cost $20 at the most.. not $400._a_
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:23 PM
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E34 540i ujoint

Was wondering if anyone has a part number for a solid non grease-able ujoint. I know Rockford DL makes one that takes grease, but worried that it won't be strong enough. Saw a video where a 3 series snapped one. Or maybe someone has experience using one in a 4.0l without any problems? Dimensions are .945x1.9 I believe.

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Old 12-01-2015, 01:08 AM
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I wouldn't recommend messing with it...unless you like playing the maintenance equivalent of "whack-a-mole".

The drive shaft has 6 discrete points of failure (excluding the Guibo):
1. Pilot bushing
2. Cardan joint
3. Center Support Bearing
4. CV joint
5. CV grease boot
6. Dynamic Balance

Highly recommend an overhauled, complete shaft assembly with a warranty. One and done. As I recently found out, even that doesn't necessarily guarantee a positive repair experience.
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:41 AM
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Yes I do agree. It could get ugly trying to make it work. I guess I try once sense I bought center bearing, pilot bushing, coupler and took out ujoint. I order a Rockford ujoint will see how it works, but no real high expectations.
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:41 AM
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Old thread but what the hell is that guy on?
1. The outer races are hardend so tack welding it to the yoke would pretty much crack instantly.
2. The outer race would shrink compromising the neelde bearings ability to move.
3. The needle bearings would earth internally once an arc was struck causing the the same problem.
Do it right, also he didnt even mentioned getting in balanced afterwards.
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:00 PM
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Good catch. Woops.
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:19 AM
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Just to close out thread for now. In my opinion its not worth the hassle to try to rebuild the drive shaft. Driveshaft Specialist out of Texas make a nice one for $425 shipped both ways. What fixed my vibration was hub centric rings for the wheels. Never would have thought they would, but they did. I've worked on VWs for years with same style of wheel bolts, and never knew them not to pull wheel on hub not centered. Must be a Beemer thing.
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