FAQ Medium Case Diff Rebuild

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BenTomm17
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Joined: Apr 21, 2015 6:02 PM
Location: New Jersey

Re: FAQ Medium Case Diff Rebuild

Post by BenTomm17 »

q20v
Congratulations on your diff rebuild. I haven't seen anyone else ask but would you consider doing another rebuild? Specifically a 3.25 LSD from my '86 535. Diffs locally have been hard to find (other than a 500k mile unit with few if any oil changes). And haven't seen any on the various sites with 3.25 ratio and LSD, though would consider a 3.46 LSD.
My diff exhibits the same speed related noise, though sounds like a loud lathe rather than a Metallica concert. That's loud! Great write-up.
Ben
q20v
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Joined: Dec 26, 2015 11:50 AM
Location: Ontario, Canada

Re: FAQ Medium Case Diff Rebuild

Post by q20v »

Sorry for the late replies guys. Had a busy summer and only drove the BMW a small handful of times, so it fell down the priority list and hence a lower interest in browsing BMW-related forums.
@ q20v
It just blows my mind the amazing talent and dare of so many people here in this forum like yourself.
Barry, you just arrived and earned first place on my personal E28 hero podium (not that it matters) but appreciate your well documented post.
Love your helper too. My 9 year old daughter will feel encouraged as well. Good luck!

I may have a question soon.
-Jack
Thanks Jack! Glad you enjoyed the read and hope you took something away from it. I'd love to have more time to post more content but usually end up just getting the job done and moving on. The diff rebuild was a winter project so I had lots of time! I think the next one will likely be a paint correction. Not sure if people are interested in the details of polishing paint but at least I'll post some highlights in my project thread.
q20v
Congratulations on your diff rebuild. I haven't seen anyone else ask but would you consider doing another rebuild? Specifically a 3.25 LSD from my '86 535. Diffs locally have been hard to find (other than a 500k mile unit with few if any oil changes). And haven't seen any on the various sites with 3.25 ratio and LSD, though would consider a 3.46 LSD.
My diff exhibits the same speed related noise, though sounds like a loud lathe rather than a Metallica concert. That's loud! Great write-up.
Ben
Hey Ben, thanks! I'd certainly entertain the idea.. shipping to / from New Jersey might be expensive though. I do have an address on the US side (13669) that can receive / ship packages. I realize I'm a bit late seeing your message so let me know if you're still interested.

Barry
Zeuropa
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Joined: Mar 12, 2016 11:22 AM
Location: Denver, CO

Re: FAQ Medium Case Diff Rebuild

Post by Zeuropa »

Huge thanks to q20v for this really detailed write-up. The result is a diff that looks brand new. Well done sir!

Question for the group: Is it possible to replace the output flange seals *without* removing the side plates from the diff housing?

TIA
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