Propshaft overhaul

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  1. 13 Feb 2018 at 7:04 AM #1
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    Looking for some advise/ prices / what to do with my prop, something I wanted to do last year when I had the RACP and other bits done underneath, just ran out of time ect.

    I take it a new prop would be mega bucks, can I get my one refurbed? or is it BMW parts only, Im in the MK area if anyone knows an engineering company who can do anything!

    Just to add, guibo and bearing are all good according to Shaun at GRID, he did say the prop was past its best
     
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  2. 13 Feb 2018 at 7:20 AM #2
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    It's a prop not a bit of bling. Unless anything is up with it leave it alone
     
  3. 13 Feb 2018 at 7:26 AM #3
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    Probably easier to buy a carbon prop, at least then you get a benefit.
     
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    Which bits on it are 'past their best' ?

    The rear cv joint is available separately for about £200. The centre uj isn't listed on its own but I expect they're just standard bearings, but unless your car has done moon and back mileage then I expect it's fine.

    The rest is just a metal tube!

    A new prop will set you back about a grand from BMW.
     
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    Now that is bling!
     
  7. 13 Feb 2018 at 11:36 AM #7
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    What real benefits would they be?

    Don't say weight - because I can nearly guarantee no one would feel any thing different other than £1500 lighter, and having to replace it 3 years down the line because it has cracked.

    Don't know if your comment was tongue in cheek but if not its a daft suggestion.

    OP - as above, £200 ish gets you the end CV joint or £100 on ebay for an unknown brand.

    The UJ is supposed to be non-rebuildable, I found this hand guide (non M3) which might help, however I decided when I do mine I will look for a good used prop (ie good UJ) and replace CV etc on that off the car.

    Don't forget to replace the center bearing and front rubber coupling whilst doing it, and remember exhaust joints maybe past their best so get parts required for that before you start.

    Good luck
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  8. 13 Feb 2018 at 11:41 AM #8
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    Also may be worth replacing diff input seal while your there, just... because.
     
  9. 13 Feb 2018 at 12:16 PM #9
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    I find it hard to see how it could be passed its best.

    It's a metal tube. Unless it's damaged from an impact in the past then it should be fine with a new bearings , guibo and rear CV joint.
     
  10. 13 Feb 2018 at 3:32 PM #10
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    There goes Shaun again talking $hit
     
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    Great stuff Rob, very helpful mate :thumbsup:

    Had the diff out and all seals done when Shaun did the underside restore

    Perhaps thats what he was referring to?
     
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    I don't think he is mate, the car has done 157k and there are noises, I know they all make random noises but I'm sure mine is needing some work.

    On a personal level I think Shaun is a decent guy, couldn't do enough to help me, I highly recommend him!
     
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    Unless the floor is hanging off the bottom it's not like the rear CV gets anywhere near as much movement as the rear drive shaft CV joints
     
  14. 13 Feb 2018 at 6:31 PM #14
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    Is it bling if it's in a dark place under the car and light can't bounce off it?
     
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    Prop recon

    Hi,we use Bailey Morris in Eaton Socon near St,Neots. They do them for our race cars.They do a good job.Mike.
     

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