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Old 08-05-2012, 02:56 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Stanleyf233 View Post
OK, second hand drive-shaft (output shaft) purchased and on its way, anyone know how difficult it will be
to fit it?
The e30s were easy, the hardest bit was undoing the 30mm hub nut - 1/2" drive plus a breaker bar.

After that, the nuts attaching the shaft to the diff are numerous but easy! E30 was 8mm hex IIRC. A quick tip for these is to have someone in the car putting the car in gear to stop the output shaft from spinning as you move around all 6 bolts. Take it out of gear as you rotate the shaft to a convenient point to undo the next bolt. But this only works if the other rear wheel is on the floor or you have a strong handbrake!

Good luck, and I'm liking your perseverance and logic with he whole frequency detective work!
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