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    325ix Transfer Case Rebuild DIY

    I've had a few questions about this stuff, it should probably be somewhere else besides my stagnant build thread haha:

    So here is the T-case rebuild, I actually rebuild it back in January so the details are kind of foggy. If I missed something let me know! Thanks :)

    Here is the list of parts I used:

    27111224629 Qty(1) Transfer Case Breather Valve
    27111224677 Qty(1) Transfer Case Gasket
    07119981063 Qty(1) 8-BEARING-IX
    27211224637 Qty(1) 8-NEEDLE CAGE
    07119981047 Qty(1) Transfer Case Bearing
    07119981047 Qty(1) Transfer Case Bearing
    27211224636 Qty(1) Transfer Case Seal
    27241224660 Qty(2) Front Transfer Case Output Seal
    07119981724 Qty(2) 8-BEARING-IX
    27211224632 Qty(1) Drive Shaft Seal
    27211224634 Qty(1) Collar Nut
    27241224662 Qty(1) Snap Ring
    23711130502 Qty(1) Rubber Mount
    07119963308 Qty(1) Gasket Ring
    27111226467 Qty(1) Screw Plug

    A few of these items are NLA from BMW, such as some of the bearings, but you can still order them online from companies like Motion Industries.

    You will also need a new or good used viscous coupling, see my rebuild a few pages back.

    So first things first: Disassembly

    I removed the rear output shaft nut, then used a large 3 jaw puller to pull off the output flange. There's a sealant used between the shaft and output flange that can make removal a little difficult.


    Next your going to remove all of the 6mm socket head cap screws.


    Separate the casing halves. There are two locating dowel pins in the casing. If the casing doesn't separate easily use flat face punch to tap out the dowel pins.


    Now pretty much everything just slides apart. To avoid headaches during reassembly, be sure to take pictures and tag/bag all of the small shims, needle bearings, etc.

    Use a pry bar to pull the input sprocket, chain, and front output assembly out of the casing.


    There is a small snap ring on the input shaft that holds the input shaft in the casing that must be removed. If I remember correctly you have to remove the bearing first before you can reach it, mine came out with the input sprocket.


    Its a good idea to measure and record the location of all of your shaft seals at this point.


    To remove the VC from the rear output shaft you have to remove this bearing. I had to heat mine to get it to come off. DO NOT loose the shim under the bearing, you need this lol. The thickness is likely going to be different between different transfer cases. As I understand it, the shim basically makes up for any differences in lengths between the rotor assembly and the casing stop faces, similar to the shim found in the rear diff for the pinion depth.



    Everything should be disassembled by now, remove all of the bearings left in the casing or on the shafts, also remove all of the old shaft seals, be careful not to scratch the receiving bore. (I left the larger needle bearing in the input sprocket installed, couldn't source a new one)
    Last edited by TehRaydarlover; 01-07-2018, 08:33 AM.
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    Build Thread
    Rear Diff Rebuild
    Rebuildable Viscous Coupling
    Transfer Case Rebuild
    "Life is simpler with 12 valves"

    #2
    Time for some inspection!

    Take some time to clean all of the parts you will be reusing. Clean the casing inside and out, I pulled the breather and replaced it even.

    If your doing this its pretty safe to say your VC probably looks like this, o-rings blown out and nasty crap all over the inside of the t-case. Time to rebuild or source a replacement.


    Hopefully you and your POs greased your front driveshaft splines like you should be doing. If your splines don't look like this its time to try and source a replacement :[


    Check your chain for any excessive amounts of wear. Of the three I had to choose from, they all looked the same maybe I'm just lucky, maybe they're all junk. Maybe someone else can comment on what a junk chain looks like.


    Check all of the sprockets, planetary gears, splines, and bearing fits for wear and damage. Replace as necessary.
    Last edited by TehRaydarlover; 01-07-2018, 08:34 AM.
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    Build Thread
    Rear Diff Rebuild
    Rebuildable Viscous Coupling
    Transfer Case Rebuild
    "Life is simpler with 12 valves"

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      #3
      Time for the reassembly!!

      First things first, install the shaft seals into the front half of the casing. As I'm sure you noticed there are two seals installed face to face on the front output sprocket. It's kind of a pain in the a$$ to get the second seal, I think I found a socket or something with a slightly smaller diameter to knock it in with. Make sure they go in straight, and preferably on the first try! I like to lay a very thin coat of RTV in the receiving bore while installing the seals. The RTV lubricates the seal as it goes in and also helps fill any leak causing imperfections in the receiving bore, do as you wish. With both seals installed to the correct depth we can lubricate them with some o-ring grease.


      Next we can install the input shaft and retaining ring. The shaft just slides right in and fits loose to the casing for now. Install the retaining ring to keep it from sliding back out.


      Next we can install the new bearing for the front output sprocket. Find something with a slightly smaller diameter and knock the bearing into place. Make sure it starts in straight.


      Install the new bearing for the input sprocket, same method as above.


      Now comes the tricky part, installing the input sprocket, chain, and front output sprocket. You have to first slide on the input sprocket onto the input shaft, with the chain on and front output sprocket loose in the chain. Then the sprockets need to be seated into the bearings at the same time. This is a pain in the a$$ because you have to get the front output sprocket through the two seals without it getting caught and damaging a seal. After my first failed attempt, I actually put some packing tape over the grooves to keep them from catching the seals.


      When you get everything started and looking good you can seat the sprockets into the bearings with a dead blow hammer. Now you can also install the planetary gears.


      You can also install the little brass or bronze crush ring. I think this little guy just keeps input and rear output shafts from being sloppy in the casing, crushing as needed to fill up the space. They are NLA from BMW so I was forced to reuse.


      Now you can install the rear output shaft and your replacement or rebuilt VC onto the input sprocket. The gasket can also be set into place. When you order a t-case gasket from BMW it doesn't come with a gasket for the center hole. I just made one out of 0.015" gasket paper. I stuck a round file in the bolt hole to keep the gasket centered with installing the rear casing.


      At this point apparently it was getting late and I stopped taking pictures, but its really pretty much done. The bearing shim, bearing, and shield thing can be installed on the rear output shaft, on top of the VC. Now we can install the new bearings for the front output sprocket and the end of the rear output shaft into the rear half of the casing. With the bearings installed the rear half can be installed. It may take a few tries to get the bearing and shield thing to align properly with the receiving bore but you'll get it eventually. Then all you have to do is torque the 6mm SHCS, install the rear output flange w/sealant on the splines, and torque the rear output nut.

      Cheers!
      Last edited by TehRaydarlover; 01-07-2018, 08:36 AM.
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      Build Thread
      Rear Diff Rebuild
      Rebuildable Viscous Coupling
      Transfer Case Rebuild
      "Life is simpler with 12 valves"

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        #4
        Pictures fixed.
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        Build Thread
        Rear Diff Rebuild
        Rebuildable Viscous Coupling
        Transfer Case Rebuild
        "Life is simpler with 12 valves"

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          #5
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