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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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Recommendations on cv boots

Looking for recommendations for the brand of CV boot and Diff seals people have used and their experience? About to order these parts as I found a hole today.
Anyone used Corteco diff seals before? and EMPI for CV boots?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-17-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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Re: Recommendations on cv boots

Don't bother replacing boots. It's not much more expensive to just buy remanufactured axles from NAPA and it's a hell of a lot less work.

I just used OEM seals.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:41 AM   #3
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Don't bother replacing boots. It's not much more expensive to just buy remanufactured axles from NAPA and it's a hell of a lot less work.

I just used OEM seals.
Is this what we have come to? Just parts replacers? Whatever happened to actually repairing cars? Besides, if you have a vice, a boot crimper, and a brass punch it is a really easy job. Just messy is all.

I went with GKN boot kit. I don't remember the brand for the seals but they were OEM.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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Is this what we have come to? Just parts replacers? Whatever happened to actually repairing cars? Besides, if you have a vice, a boot crimper, and a brass punch it is a really easy job. Just messy is all.

I went with GKN boot kit. I don't remember the brand for the seals but they were OEM.
Cost of new boots: ~$55
Cost of new reman axles: ~$75
Time and headache saved: Priceless.

Also, replacing bad axle with good axle is also considered repairing my car. I just choose to work smarter not harder.

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