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Old 08-23-2014, 12:06 AM   #1
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My ghetto fabulous rear diff mount replacement

Lazy man alternative to dropping the diff.
Cut, slide the old one out and new one in, clamp it done w/ chain vice grips, weld, beer time. All in about 10 minutes.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:51 AM   #2
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Wow, why would any sane person not only do this but share it with a bunch of auto enthusiast. All I can say is I hope you put on your flame suit!
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:58 AM   #3
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Gotta give you credit for having the b4lls to do this AND post it for all the fanatics to critique. A few questions...

Did the bushing melt at all when you welded it?

If you need to replace it again can you just cut in another spot?

What kind of beer did you have afterward?
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:16 AM   #4
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I got this car for $1000 so why not. 2002 2 owner slick top coupe w 5 speed and 140k, going to track it. The weld is strong and didn't effect the bushing at all,it has metal casing so if anything that got bonded together. I'll tell you one thing, it f×cling works.

Fat tire ipa

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Old 08-23-2014, 01:50 AM   #5
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I got this car for $1000 so why not. 2002 2 owner slick top coupe w 5 speed and 140k, going to track it. The weld is strong and didn't effect the bushing at all,it has metal casing so if anything that got bonded together. I'll tell you one thing, it f×cling works.

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Slick top, meaning no sunroof?

"Fat Tire", an entirely appropriate beer for post grease. I like it!
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:07 AM   #6
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This is not an ordinary ghetto job. This is more like a Zimbabwe ghetto job.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:21 AM   #7
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Brilliant!
But isn't there a small press sold to get in that tight spot to press out that bushing?


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Old 08-23-2014, 07:27 AM   #8
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:37 AM   #9
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I can definitely give props for creativity and shortest-possible-route, but if I was a customer, I'd be livid if you'd charged me full book time for that. However, if this was a $50 fix, nicely done!

Thumbs up on the choice of post-wrench brew, however.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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Dude i had my old diff out, changed the output flanges, and had the new one installed (2.93 to 3.38) in an hour flat. There is no reason to do it any other way, period.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:51 PM   #11
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Dude i had my old diff out, changed the output flanges, and had the new one installed (2.93 to 3.38) in an hour flat. There is no reason to do it any other way, period.

What WHEN THE F DID YOU DO THIS?

Chuck has you werkin'

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:15 PM   #12
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:41 AM   #13
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Hi is this bush still holding well. I love my car but I have put in far to much money and now I want a quickie on this bush...thinking about it how many heavy cars have their axel welded... if yours is still holding game.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:55 AM   #14
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Why flame him......its a cheap E46. It works and clearly the member is a proficient with his MIG skills.

Some members here act like the E46 is god gift to man kind.
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:18 AM   #15
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Work smarter not harder.

Why flame him......its a cheap E46. It works and clearly the member is a proficient with his MIG skills.

Some members here act like the E46 is god gift to man kind.
Welcome, new member.
That phrase you just used, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Imagine how awesome and smart it would be to replace ALL of the bushings on an E46 like this... FCABS, RTABS... hahaha

You probably don't know/care that the correct tool for this only costs $100 and could be rented for far less and it would have completed the job without permanent deformation and just as quick. Not to mention that this fool won't even be able to remove that RUBBER bushing the next time it needs replaced... on his track car.

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Old 12-05-2014, 11:27 AM   #16
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I have just double checked the the bush housing. It is actually a welded on component..so one more weld should not cause rains of cats and rats...
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #17
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Whats wrong with a differential bushing tool?
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:41 AM   #18
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Welcome, new member.
That phrase you just used, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Imagine how awesome and smart it would be to replace ALL of the bushings on an E46 like this... FCABS, RTABS... hahaha

You probably don't know/care that the correct tool for this only costs $100 and could be rented for far less and it would have completed the job without permanent deformation and just as quick. Not to mention that this fool won't even be able to remove that RUBBER bushing the next time it needs replaced... on his track car.
Well clearly you do not understand sarcasm which leads me you believe you read only that one line of my post only.

You can drop the "new member" BS.........I've more then likely built more cars this year in my free time the you have owned.

Before you run in thinking your the hot dog in town as a 10 year member.......your assumptions have already failed you. Try reading some of my other post before passing judgement.

ALSO(since you like bold text)......the tools in my home garage are worth more then you current BMW....so chill out.

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Old 12-05-2014, 11:42 AM   #19
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Well clearly you do not understand sarcasm which leads me you believe you read only that one line of my post only.

You can drop the "new member" BS.........I've more then likely built more cars this year in my free time the you have owned.

Before you run in thinking your the hot dog in town as a 10 year member.......your assumptions have already failed you. Try reading some of my other post before passing judgement.

and more then likely......the tools in my home garage are worth more then you current BMW....so chill out.
The OP admitted that this is the cheap and lazy way to do it... what is there to argue about?
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:44 AM   #20
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Re-read your previous post
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