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X3 E83 (2004 - 2010)
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:33 PM
wjwwelch wjwwelch is offline
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2006 x3 rear drive shaft

How hard is it to replace the rear drive shaft. Are there any factors I need to take in to account before I tackle the job? Any issue? Where is the best place to buy one?
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Old 07-29-2015, 04:56 AM
swampX3 swampX3 is offline
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good drive shafts link

front shaft



rear shaft .....both not too difficult .....the folks in the front shaft video sell loads of aftermarket replacement shafts


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Old 07-29-2015, 09:25 AM
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generic bmw rear drive shaft

some good generic bmw rear drive shaft details in this

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Old 08-17-2015, 06:57 PM
zachofalltrades zachofalltrades is offline
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Going through this right now as well... got mine out already, no dice on getting a local shop to rebuild it, its "non serviceable." Got mine out leaving exhaust on the car, just had to pull it out of the way a bit with the rear and middle hangers disconnected. The driveshaft to input flange on the differential was stuck so it took a little persuasion... luckily the extra holes in the flange line up with a lip on the u-joint.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:20 PM
wjwwelch wjwwelch is offline
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Got mine replaced. Not to bad of a job
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Old 08-18-2015, 04:22 AM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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As stated before, you have to lower the exhaust system, but you don't have to unbolt it from the downpipe. Make sure to support it so it isn't just hanging. Another thing to watch for is when bolting up the Guibo, there are arrows on the OD of it that should point to the nuts, not to the bolt heads.
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