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Old 03-17-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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WTT: (Almost) Free 3.46 E46 Differential

I have an automatic, in my touring, and it gets awful mileage. I'm looking for someone who has a 2.93 rear diff that wants to swap for my 3.46.

I have the tools, and I've swapped BMW diffs before, I just don't have the time to take it out of my car, buy a second diff, and try to sell this one. I want someone to come over on a saturday or friday evening to help me swap between the two.

It's almost free because I'm asking that you pay for any single-use bolts or nuts used in the install.

Hit me up via PM. Diff has 120k miles, and I'm not too picky on the mileage of your diff as a result. PM me or ask questions in this thread. I'm located in Orange County, California.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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FVCK THE WEST COAST!! I would've been there in a minute...
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
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hey im very interested in this and willing to do this trade and to buy all the parts for install i just dont know how to do it.. i can be a second hand though

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Old 03-17-2011, 08:36 PM   #4
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hey can any1 shed some light on how diffs hold up at the 120k mark?
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:26 AM   #5
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Hey Steven I'll text you today at lunch.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:08 AM   #6
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:49 PM   #7
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got swamped at work, just shot you a text.
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:21 PM   #8
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Unfortunately you have a 330, and the input flange is different. I'm not really keen on setting preload after swapping the flanges without a better torque wrench.

Good news is, I found my old E12 external torx socket! I won't need any other tools to install except a 9/16ths bolt and some nuts... Which I could swear I have left over from the time I swapped my diff on the 318ti.

Still up for grabs.

There aren't really any parts that neeed to be replaced, but it's suggested you replace the rubber o-rings around your drain plugs, and I'm going to say fluid as well. The o-rings are $0.36 a pair from BMW, and gear oil really isn't expensive.

STILL LOOKING FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN THE SWAP.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #9
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The only interest I've had in my wheels has been on the east coast.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #10
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hey i have a 2.93 diff will do ASAP PLEASE
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:38 PM   #11
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:57 AM   #12
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PM's replied to, texts sent.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:54 PM   #13
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dosent this dude have a 330 to
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:13 PM   #14
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dosent this dude have a 330 to
He does.

Ok people, do me a favor. Look at the back of your car before you reply to this thread. If your car says 330, don't bother.

Thanks!
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Old 03-26-2011, 01:30 AM   #15
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Still looking for someone to swap with.

Dude Sal, just drive down for the weekend. It's not that far.
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:24 AM   #16
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I'm a douche, but I'm going to be picky. I want a 2.93 out of a manual 328i. Hit me up!
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