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Old 10-31-2012, 03:15 AM   #1
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Diff Bush Offset

Ok, Please help if you can! Did the dreaded large diff bush replacement in my 2000 328i. I measured how much the bush protruded before I started on the inside and it was 8/32's. After I pressed in the new bush with a tool made for the job after I was finished it protruded 12/32's. So, the new bush sticks out 4/32's further than the old one. Also, on the wheel side it is flush with the back of the bracket rather than sticking out slightly. My question is, will the 4/32's make a difference? Will this cause any vibration in my driveline since the Diff will be at a slight angle? Have looked at threads and pic's that have been posted and after the new bush has been pressed in it looks in the same position as the old one before! It was a tool I got on Ebay. It worked well and was made well and the bush pressed out and in without any issues except the one mentioned. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:41 AM   #2
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so it's out by 1/8" ? did you install it the correct orientation of inside/outside face? what is the reason you didn't install the rest of the way? is the part oem?

if I recall correctly the early 323/328 rear diff bushing changed design somewhat.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:56 AM   #3
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:17 AM   #4
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Installed it all the way that the tool would allow. The tool has a large flat washer that goes on the outside so when you press it in that part of the bush is flush with the subframe. Various post including the one above you can see that the bush sticks out slightly on the wheel side. The bush is installed correctly in regard to direction etc. The new bush is a Meyle HD so the design is a bit different. It can go back the way it is I just don't want to induce any vibrations that are not there already!
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:53 PM   #5
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Thats the way the tools install and Idy shops said alls OK. Not as it comes from the factory but back on the ground and no vibrations.
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