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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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My Ride: ZHP, 335, E53, E30
Slight vibration from rear of car

I picked up a ZHP a couple weeks ago and so far love it. They car has 150000 miles, but is in pretty good shape mechanically and cosmetically. The one thing that has really been bugging me about the car though is a vibration I have above 55 mph.

It is a very mild vibration that comes from the rear of the car. It is not noticeable until 55 mph and increases slightly up to about 70 where it seems to level off. If I go wide open with the throttle the vibration seems to lessen or go away completely (tough to tell over exhaust). If I let off the throttle and coast it gets a little worse. If I continue to coast it will lessen as the speed decreases till 55 when I can't really tell it's there.

I have done quite a bit of searching on the issue and taken the usual steps for fixing. So far I have replaced the following:

rear axles
rear wheel bearings
tried known good wheels/tires

All that is left that could be causing it is the driveshaft and rear diff. The rear diff was replaced by the previous owner about 2 years ago with a 3.46 unit with unknown mileage. He said the diff bushings were changed at the same time, but I do get a clunk from the rear with aggressive throttle applications or when sitting at a stop and engaging a gear. Diff bushings look fine, but definitely look older than 2 years.

I want the input of the people in the know before I go down the path of replacing the driveshaft or rear diff.

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