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Old 11-04-2012, 02:52 PM   #12
bikesandcars
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Allentown, PA
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My Ride: 2002 325xi-sport pkg
I'm bringing back this old post because I just had the same issue.

The spring clip on the replacement axle was noticably larger than the OE. I swapped them out

I completed the job with a sledge-hammer... not joking. I screwed the axle nut onto the axle then tapped the end gently with an 8lb sledge palmed in my hand. I made sure the axle was supported and straight before tapping. You need the inertia from a sledge to move the heavy axle into position, you dont want to hit the axle hard enough ruin something. A small hammer would likely ruin the axle end without seating the axle. Just my $.02
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