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    I love your attention to detail Evan. Seeing the huge difference between the two differentials gives me an idea of upgrading mine along with stronger axles. Wonder what i can fit in my 335i AT

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    With the rotor off you can see the business end of my rear suspension:
    - KW V3 + oem Air
    - M5 brakes + SS lines
    - M5 front upper guide arm
    - M5 integral link
    - Oem wishbone (same as M5)
    - Bullet-nosed studs, LOVE studs
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    For my manual conversion I sourced the pedal assembly from an E60 M5, the first unit I bought (with 2 pedals on the left) was damaged during shipping and the mounting location for the clutch return-spring was broken. The second pedal assembly I purchased (right) was supposed to be complete with clutch pedal and master cylinder but as you can see it was brake pedal and sensor only. Luckily between the 2 assemblies I was able to piece together a fully functional unit.
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    I am a big fan of machined pedals, I ran some on my old M5 and this will be my second set for the E61. I went with a brushed aluminum finish and it looks absolutely tits and should blend into to my interior well.
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    Drilling holes to mount the pedals
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    Old pedal (raw Al cut for grip) bottom brushed up top
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    Pedal assembly ready for install
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    Here is the DIY for stuff like this: Bentley Manual and Google
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    Picked up a transmission jack for the differential, transfer case, and trans. Test fitting the M5 LSD here
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    In position
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    Fits into the non-M subframe without issue
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    Huge heat-sink wraps around the rear of the subframe
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    Test fitting with my custom 3" exhaust, close but I will trim the heat stink to give a cushion for diff movement
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    The E61 has these huge pull rods which connect to the brace my LED reverse light is bolted to and run to the jack points in front of the rear tires. The heat sink will need to be trimmed to accommodate these as well. There are some different pull rod combos for the M5 sedan, M5 wagon, and 535xi wagon, I feel what I currently have is the strongest setup so I will make them work.
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    I used a Sharpie to mark the heat sink that will be trimmed, all of the black areas will be cut off. I don't plan to track my wagon much if at all so I think the trimmed heat sink will still be fine for my application.
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    Up next was comparing my 535xi driveshaft (top) to the M5 shaft (bottom). I was originally going to have the M5 shaft customized to mate with the N54 but I want to explore the possibility of configuring a hybrid driveshaft: front half 535i and rear M5. The downside of running a hybrid is the M5 6MT output flange, guibo, and bearing will all be smaller compared to a full M5 spec driveshaft setup. The upside it is would be a bolt-on solution and save some coin on custom fabrication costs. The difference in diameter between the non-M and M5 output shaft and guibo is under around 5% or less so rather insignificant big-picture. It is a long-shot but the M5 bearing may be compatible with the non-M front 1/2 of the driveshaft, once I get the halves separated I can confirm.
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    M5 knuckles dwarf the non-M
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    Notice the inner diameter of the bearing, pretty close! This is one reason why I think there may be chance to run a hybrid setup
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    Comparing bearing diameter
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    Here are some comparison pics of the non-M AT axles compared to M5
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    Can't wait to see this get back together and what you end up doing with the motor.

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    Use caution with that hybrid driveshaft idea. It will need to be balanced before you install it or it could vibrate so bad it could cause other damage. Just a heads up

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Ericbh77 Click here to enlarge
    Use caution with that hybrid driveshaft idea. It will need to be balanced before you install it or it could vibrate so bad it could cause other damage. Just a heads up
    Yes, I am aware. I was planning on having the custom driveshaft balanced but after seeing all the weights on the shaft, much like weights for wheel balancing, I plan to have any shaft balanced prior to install.
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    Nice work on the headlights. The E39 I'm picking up will need some new life breathed into its lights, and those projectors look like the ticket.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
    Nice work on the headlights. The E39 I'm picking up will need some new life breathed into its lights, and those projectors look like the ticket.
    I ran Gen I Morimoto FX-Rs in my old E39 M5 and LOVED them, to date one of the best Bi-Xenon projectors ever made. If you are going to keep your halogen high beams functional and you don't care about high beam performance relative to low beams, you can retrofit a low-beam only projector. Some of the best performing projectors are low beam only. Some which should fit in the E39 and are excellent performers are the Lexus SC430, Acura RL, and Honda S2000. There are more but those are a few examples.

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    ...and some porn of the SC430 projectors, my favorite.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Evan Patak Click here to enlarge
    I ran Gen I Morimoto FX-Rs in my old E39 M5 and LOVED them, to date one of the best Bi-Xenon projectors ever made. If you are going to keep your halogen high beams functional and you don't care about high beam performance relative to low beams, you can retrofit a low-beam only projector. Some of the best performing projectors are low beam only. Some which should fit in the E39 and are excellent performers are the Lexus SC430, Acura RL, and Honda S2000. There are more but those are a few examples.

    Evan
    I had some FX-Rs in my Grand Cherokee that I had custom headlights built for (Audi style LED turn signals that would function as DRLs), and the bi-xenon coupled with the halogen high beams...well nothing escaped my attention lol. I'll prolly go back to using them now that I think about it, along with Philips bulbs..

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    sick build

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
    I had some FX-Rs in my Grand Cherokee that I had custom headlights built for (Audi style LED turn signals that would function as DRLs), and the bi-xenon coupled with the halogen high beams...well nothing escaped my attention lol. I'll prolly go back to using them now that I think about it, along with Philips bulbs..
    FX-Rs are a good choice, especially the 1st Gen.
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    sick build
    Thank you
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    Draining ATF. I have the smell of ATF!
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    Rotating engine to get access to the torque converter bolts, turning the engine kind of sounded like a rock tumbler!
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    This little orange slice fell out while turning the engine, lol
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    Risky business, do not try at home.
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    Unbolting bell housing, thought I could be clever and access the torx bolt from the top with a wrench....
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    ...and my trusty Thompson seatpost.
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    Well that didn't work, started to strip the bolt so jumped shipped, dropped the trans down and with the help of my neighbor, was able to navigate the socket and clusterfvck of extensions onto the bolt while I broke it free from underneath the wagon
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    A little tricky guessing where to position the trans jack on this beast of a 6AT+TC, the transfer case ended up being heavier than I thought but it was balanced well enough I didn't run into any real problems. As I was pulling the AT off I noticed the torque converter was staying attached to the block, the Bentley manual said you should NOT allow this to happen. It turns out I only removed 4 of the 6 torque converter bolts, the Bentley manual never specified the amount of bolts that needed removal and the photo only showed 4. Shame on Bentley for not being more detailed with instructions and shame on me for not being more thorough!


    I ran tie down between the subframe for added security, sliding a huge heavy trans off the engine while you are laying on the ground right next to it is quite exhilarating.
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    The beast is out, or should I say the malignant tumor has been removed.
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    #WeightSavings
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    Beauty and the Beast
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    I did some "testing" to check the weight of the two units. 6MT has fluid, 6AT does not but TC does. I know the the 6MT weighs about 97lbs and based off that I would sat the 6AT+TC must be around 185-195lbs, essentially twice the weight.
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    Can't wait to drive a manual
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    Front
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    SO much larger
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    Something new to sort through. The 6MT I sourced was from a 335i, the bracket closer to the camera is what arrived on the 335i trans, the bracket behind it is intended for a manual 535i and 550i, the top mounting holes are too wide for my trans so I will have to look into where I went wrong and see if it can be resolved or if I will need a custom bracket to mount the trans to the main trans support.
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    Took the driveshafts apart to see if a hybrid shaft was possible
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    NO, it is not
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    LEFT: Non-M RIGHT: M5
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    535(x)i
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    So yolked bro!
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    Your better off finding a solution to mount that 335i tranny, finding a 535i RWD Manual tranny would be pretty hard..

    For your shaft, any specialized drivshaft shop will take care of this easily.

    Very detailed photos btw continue the good work !!
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by PLF Click here to enlarge
    Your better off finding a solution to mount that 335i tranny, finding a 535i RWD Manual tranny would be pretty hard..

    For your shaft, any specialized drivshaft shop will take care of this easily.

    Very detailed photos btw continue the good work !!

    I was hopeful that the 535i/M5 hybrid drive shaft would work as interchangeability like that would be great but deep down I knew I really wanted to run full M5 spec drivetrain with the beefier guibo and flanges.

    Evan
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    The M5 LSD needed some modification and after testing fitting it with my exhaust and pull rods I knew what to cut off. It was a balance of removing enough material for adequate clearance, with leaving as much as possible for cooling, while making it look as good as possible. I am pretty happy how it came out.


    Evan


    Oem M5 heatsink
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    ...aaaaaaaand it's GONE!
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    Pretty hacked up after the cutting
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    After some more grinding and sanding
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    535xi and M5 top, modded M5 bottom
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    Prepped the axles for install, the threads had been hit with some anti-rust coating which needed to be cleaned
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    Had to pull out the motor for the telescoping wheel function, the bolts were very hard to reach and I am not looking to putting them back in.
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    :clap::clap::clap::clap:
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    Paddle shift steering wheel and control module removed along with the console and electronic gear selector.
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    Hole punched out for manual shifter :banana
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    Didn't have the special tool to lock the flywheel/starter in place while the FW bolts are removed so this was my solution.
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    One hurdle to clear will be the transmission support and bracket. According to RealOem I have compatible part numbers but that is not the reality, the mounting points for where the bracket connects to the trans are different since my trans was sourced from an e9X 335i. The E6X support, bracket, and bushing combo is monstrous compared to the E9X setup. I really like the design of the E6X bushings where it allows the upper bracket to reside inside the bushing, it makes a lot of sense and IMO the design better suited for high torque than the 335i mount.


    My goal is to use the E60 support and either modify the top bracket have one made to make the mounting locations work. Not sure which direction to go yet.


    Bare trans
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    Showing how the E6x bracket feet mount inside the bushings
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    Bushing (bearing) comparison
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    Great stuff. Nice to see the detail and effort made to figure it all out and document. To someone who does this for a living, they might not be overly impressed, but to the casual enthusiast it's quite inspiring to see you dig in so deep, make some bold changes (and considerations), and learn through trial and error.

    Its also nice nice to see some E60/61 and XI details. Keep up the great work - thoroughly enjoying your thread and journey!

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    Evan, here's an idea. Get some round aluminum stock, cut a 1/4-1/2" slice from it, center the bracket and using a marker or something, trim the 535 bolt holes off a little with a die grinder. Then use the round stock to kind of extend out far enough to meet the 335 trans mounting holes. Take to a fabricator and have it welded up.

    HP Autowerks actually sells 1/2" aluminum spacers used to retrofit Koni Double Adjustable shocks into the rear of E9x M3s because the lower bushing isnt wide enough. I have a feeling they'd be perfect for this situation.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Theduke Click here to enlarge
    Great stuff. Nice to see the detail and effort made to figure it all out and document. To someone who does this for a living, they might not be overly impressed, but to the casual enthusiast it's quite inspiring to see you dig in so deep, make some bold changes (and considerations), and learn through trial and error.

    Its also nice nice to see some E60/61 and XI details. Keep up the great work - thoroughly enjoying your thread and journey!
    Thanks, glad you are enjoying it.
    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
    Evan, here's an idea. Get some round aluminum stock, cut a 1/4-1/2" slice from it, center the bracket and using a marker or something, trim the 535 bolt holes off a little with a die grinder. Then use the round stock to kind of extend out far enough to meet the 335 trans mounting holes. Take to a fabricator and have it welded up.

    HP Autowerks actually sells 1/2" aluminum spacers used to retrofit Koni Double Adjustable shocks into the rear of E9x M3s because the lower bushing isnt wide enough. I have a feeling they'd be perfect for this situation.
    Thanks for sharing. Maybe you can help me kick around more ideas as the plot has thickened...

    As it turns out my chassis has different mounting locations and is concave to make room for the transfer case. Passenger side looks pretty normal, surface is flat and between the 2 main mounting holes it looks like there is a indentation for drilling the 3rd? The driver side has a pocket of space and wildly different mounting locations. My 6AT+TC support is still bolted to the trans so I will remove that and see if there is a possibility to make a hybrid support but it will be very challenging to incorporate the oem bushings into the mix.

    My buddy Long ran into this issue on one of his conversions and he told me he welded the non-xi trans support to the chassis. Although this is an option it is an absolute last resort for me as I would like for the bracket to be easily removable and all items serviceable.

    I will get some more pictures of the supports today.

    Evan

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    Here is a pic borrow from Pelican Parts to show and a RWD transmission tunnel looks like
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    - N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Evan Patak Click here to enlarge
    Thanks, glad you are enjoying it.

    Thanks for sharing. Maybe you can help me kick around more ideas as the plot has thickened...

    As it turns out my chassis has different mounting locations and is concave to make room for the transfer case. Passenger side looks pretty normal, surface is flat and between the 2 main mounting holes it looks like there is a indentation for drilling the 3rd? The driver side has a pocket of space and wildly different mounting locations. My 6AT+TC support is still bolted to the trans so I will remove that and see if there is a possibility to make a hybrid support but it will be very challenging to incorporate the oem bushings into the mix.

    My buddy Long ran into this issue on one of his conversions and he told me he welded the non-xi trans support to the chassis. Although this is an option it is an absolute last resort for me as I would like for the bracket to be easily removable and all items serviceable.

    I will get some more pictures of the supports today.

    Evan

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    Here is a pic borrow from Pelican Parts to show and a RWD transmission tunnel looks like
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    Yeah I can see where the hump for the t-case is going to be an issue. You need the center tunnel support from a non-xi to make this a bolt-on affair. Not sure how far you want to go as far as body work, but you could find the seams and drill out the spot welds and replace part of the tunnel.

    Otherwise I'd say figure out how to tap and nut-sert the one side that lines up, then modify the RWD trans bracket by welding an extension onto it to meet the existing tunnel..

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    These guys are who i used to make my custom m3 driveshaft. They are bmw specialists and have all the equipment to properly balance a bmw driveshaft. They cut and welded my m3 shaft to shorten it and had a perfect weld, and it held 550 wheel torque without a problem.

    http://www.driveshaftspecialist.com/...0html/BMW.html

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    This is such a great build, love your originality and attention to detail. Especially all the photos and descriptions! Thoroughly enjoying this.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
    Yeah I can see where the hump for the t-case is going to be an issue. You need the center tunnel support from a non-xi to make this a bolt-on affair. Not sure how far you want to go as far as body work, but you could find the seams and drill out the spot welds and replace part of the tunnel.

    Otherwise I'd say figure out how to tap and nut-sert the one side that lines up, then modify the RWD trans bracket by welding an extension onto it to meet the existing tunnel..
    I unbolted my old xi trans bracket (technically for the transfer case) and although it's mounting location is so far rearward, it looks like it could still be useful as the base for a hybrid or custom connecting bracket. We will see if this is a better solution than welding/adding material in the tunnel for the rwd support to bolt to. I think it will be best to wait until the engine and trans are in so I can then collect some hard data on fitment.

    I will snag some photos of the various brackets and supports in a bit.

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BMWJunkie Click here to enlarge
    These guys are who i used to make my custom m3 driveshaft. They are bmw specialists and have all the equipment to properly balance a bmw driveshaft. They cut and welded my m3 shaft to shorten it and had a perfect weld, and it held 550 wheel torque without a problem.

    http://www.driveshaftspecialist.com/...0html/BMW.html
    Are BMW driveshafts unique in design relative to others? 550wtq out of an M3? ...sounds like fun! Supercharged S65? Single turbo S54?

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by einserM Click here to enlarge
    This is such a great build, love your originality and attention to detail. Especially all the photos and descriptions! Thoroughly enjoying this.
    Thank you.


    I ended up making a tool to remove the rear differential bushings, part Habor Freight wheel bearing tool, part Home Depot hardware, part 36mm socket I have for the axle nuts. The 36mm socket was a great fit for the front bushings.
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    Bushings out
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    Oem vs MFactory Solid (rubber)
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    Bushings in
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    M5 axles in
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    Look how close the outer CV joint is to the wheel carrier!
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    My test fitting and eye balling suggested fitment would be tight but I didn't think it would be THIS tight! Clearance is literally 1-2mm
    If it fits it fits!
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    LSD, the traction drug
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    Test fitting pull rods with the modified LSD heatsink.
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    Looking good
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    Exhaust should clear no problem
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    Cleaned up more heat shield
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    ...and my RD Sport sways
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    - M5 Front End, M5 skirts, M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear
    - KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC
    - Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
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    - N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

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    To bolt a bmw driveshaft up to a drive shaft balancer you need the correct equipment/adapters/tools. Most drive shaft shops will not have these tools.

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    If you take it to a local one, ask them if they have done bmw driveshafts in house before. If not they will send it out and you will pay markup x2

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BMWJunkie Click here to enlarge
    To bolt a bmw driveshaft up to a drive shaft balancer you need the correct equipment/adapters/tools. Most drive shaft shops will not have these tools.
    Thanks for the tip. What is unique about the BMW driveshafts?
    N54 Powered M5 Wagon:
    - M5 Driveshaft, M5 LSD, M5 Axles, M5 Brakes
    - M5 Front End, M5 skirts, M5 Mirrors, M-Tech Rep Rear
    - KW V3, RD Sport Sways, UR Strut Braces, Forgestar F14 SDC
    - Manual Swap, MFactory SMFW, Spec Stg 3+ Clutch, Shiftteck SSK
    - EOS Port Injection Manifold, Fuel-It: Stg 2 LPFP +Lines +Ethanol Sensor
    - N54B30, JB4, Hexon RR550s, Custom Y-Pipe Inlet, AR DPs, 3" Exhaust, VRSF 7" IC, ER CP, Tial BOV, RB PCV, BMS OCC

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Evan Patak Click here to enlarge
    Thanks for the tip. What is unique about the BMW driveshafts?
    @BMWJunkie
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