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Old 03-22-2019, 02:10 AM   #1
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Driveshaft Options for ZF 5 speed and M3 subframe?

To those who run ZF 5 speed and M3 subframe, how did you deal with the driveshaft?

I have the ZF 5 speed drive shaft and the M3 driveshaft. And also the original driveshaft for the 330Ci automatic gearbox.

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Old 03-22-2019, 04:18 PM   #2
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My car is a non-M 330 Ci with auto-transmission originally. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-22-2019, 04:20 PM   #3
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Front section of 330 5mt driveshaft, rear section of M3 driveshaft
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:27 PM   #4
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Front section of 330 5mt driveshaft, rear section of M3 driveshaft


That was my original idea as well. But the driveshafts seem to be different. The U-joint is at the front half of the 5MT driveshaft I have. The U-joint is at the back half of a M3 driveshaft and the spline is connected by a bolt. The 5MTís driveshaft has a one-piece U-joint and spline. I cannot figure out how to connect them.***129315;
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:36 PM   #5
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Find a competent machine shop that caters to 4WD offroad guys. They routinely lengthen, shorten and convert to double cardan joints in the TX offroad world. I had a fairly rare VW Vanagon Syncro (factory lifted 4WD with rear locker) and its driveshaft began vibrating. For a very modest amount, I brought it to such a shop and they cut off and put on new joints and carefully dynamically balanced it and it was as smooth as glass. These models are known for vibrating drivelines. So you should be able to find such a shop. If you cannot, PM me and I'll give you the name of the shop up here in N. Idaho and you could ship yours up.
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Find a competent machine shop that caters to 4WD offroad guys. They routinely lengthen, shorten and convert to double cardan joints in the TX offroad world. I had a fairly rare VW Vanagon Syncro (factory lifted 4WD with rear locker) and its driveshaft began vibrating. For a very modest amount, I brought it to such a shop and they cut off and put on new joints and carefully dynamically balanced it and it was as smooth as glass. These models are known for vibrating drivelines. So you should be able to find such a shop. If you cannot, PM me and I'll give you the name of the shop up here in N. Idaho and you could ship yours up.


Thank you for the info! I was thinking about a driveshaft shop as well. How much does the job normally cost?
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Driveshaft Options for ZF 5 speed and M3 subframe?

Also, try Driveshaft Specialties in San Antonio. They have a great reputation.

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Thank you for the info! I was thinking about a driveshaft shop as well. How much does the job normally cost?
Starts in the $500 range, usually.

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