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Old 12-14-2007, 04:13 PM   #1
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03 330xi cab replacement. HELP!

Does anyone have any info on replacing the cabs in an xi?
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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I did this and didn't think that the XI procedure differed greatly from a non XI. Any question you have in particular?
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:27 PM   #3
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What stumped me is how you get to the 2 bolts that hold the CAB mounting brackets.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:32 PM   #4
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i assume you are talking about the passenger side. it was a *****, i used a fixed wrench and probably spent 15min per bolt because of the clearance.

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Old 12-14-2007, 07:53 PM   #5
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:53 PM   #6
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When I looked at the clearance, from the top of the bolt head, it looked like I only had about 1/2 an inch. You were able to unscrew the bolt enough to get the bracket off? Is the drivers side easier?

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Old 12-14-2007, 08:11 PM   #7
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i believe i loosened the heat shield so it opened up some room. the drivers side does not suffer from any clearance issues so its a breeze.

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Old 12-14-2007, 08:26 PM   #8
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pretty interesting PDFs DesertMotorWorks.

I used a 3 jaw puller rented from autozone to separate the bushing from the CA, very easy

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separatingthe bushing from the carrier is another story altogether, what a pain. the pic timestamps are correct in that i spent ~5 hrs just on the bushings & carriers.

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putting the new bushing on CA was simple though. dish soap inside the bushing and just a quick motion to press it on. if you have any trouble with this I'd say use more soap
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:56 PM   #9
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Guys, youve been great. Im gonna give it a go in the morning. If you dont hear from me call the police because Ive taken a sledge-hammer to my car. lol. Wish me luck. Thanks for all the info.
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