E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-17-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
Icexx99
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Posts: 163
My Ride: E46 M THR33 V3RT
Send a message via AIM to Icexx99
Where can I buy Thin Wall Sockets?

Ive been searching all over the internet no results, I need the specific External Torx E12 Socket for removal of the back end of the driveshaft off of my differential output flange but It needs to be thin walled.. my differential is shot and I need to change it... last time i changed my rear diff bushing i removed the diff and driveshaft in one piece..
Icexx99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 10-17-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
kfiggins
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Washington, D.C.
Posts: 66
My Ride: e46 330ci ZHP
yeah i looked all through snap on and cant find it might be your best bet to call snap on and ask if they have it.
kfiggins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
lcoleman
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: the barnyard
Posts: 2,458
My Ride: '79 Massey Ferguson
I'd get a cheap one from an auto parts store and grind that sucker down. I've been through this with the output flange on an e30 trans...Snap-on doesn't often make thin-wall sockets in weird sizes (like 30mm, for example). Even if they do, it'll be ridiculously expensive.
lcoleman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 02:29 PM   #4
GoingNuts
Just Nuts
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: London
Posts: 7,253
My Ride: 2004 330Ci
How thin a wall do you need. I used normal size socket http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-torx and it worked for me:

GoingNuts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 02:32 PM   #5
Phoenix330ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 537
My Ride: 04 330Ci Convertible
Sure you need thin walled sockets? I removed mine out of the car a few months back to replace the rear bushing and didn't use anything special to drop the rear out and I removed the drive shaft from the differential.

EDIT:

Also you need an internal socket (female socket) for those bolts. - See picture above, althought that is showing the half shaft and not the drive shaft.
__________________

Last edited by Phoenix330ci; 10-17-2011 at 02:35 PM.
Phoenix330ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
blarf
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 1,011
My Ride: '00 323i
Start asking around. Samstag carries all sorts of BMW tools, but you'll pay for them. Maybe Hazet makes something close enough? Zelenda also carries some nice, German tools. Can you fit an E-TORX box wrench in there? If so, you can find those at S-K resellers (NAPA used to stock some S-K items).
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by howie View Post
do you park near poodles?
blarf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 06:29 PM   #7
RKiepper
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Linn, Missouri
Posts: 1,571
My Ride: 1999 E46 328I x2
A regular e12 socket will work fine, the auto parts store sells it in a set of 3. Your only having problems because the cv boots are in the way. Find a way to get under the car with the suspension in its normal position, and the socket should wiggle on the bottom bolt against the cv boot. Your gonna need an extension too.
RKiepper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #8
jdstrickland
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 6,723
My Ride: '94 325iC & '00 323i
I bought a set of Star sockets for my car to do that job. Those bolts are not really what you think. They are a reverse-torx, for lack of a better description. I had never heard of a star socket until I stumbled across these bolts.
jdstrickland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #9
blarf
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 1,011
My Ride: '00 323i
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdstrickland View Post
I bought a set of Star sockets for my car to do that job. Those bolts are not really what you think. They are a reverse-torx, for lack of a better description. I had never heard of a star socket until I stumbled across these bolts.
Given that the OP labeled them "external torx", I suspect they're exactly what he thinks they are.

OP: http://garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=117754
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by howie View Post
do you park near poodles?
blarf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use