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    E34 diffrential options?

    So I have a 92 535i (5 speed) and I'm looking to put in an LSD. I searched around the web for a while and all I could find was mis-information (big surprise there...) Anyway, I'll just put the questions I have below to make them as easily readable as possible.

    What size differential casing fits in an e34? Medium, Large?

    What gearing options are available for these differentials?

    Are there any good aftermarket options that aren't a bajillion dollars?

    Thanks in advance.

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    BMW made your car with an LSD option ; 535i winter package with ski pass through has the same ratio diff but LSD

    just purchase one to bolt in from the same model car

    All aftermarket options for LSD cost more than the average value of a E34 535i here in norcal.
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      #3
      http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...g-need-to-know

      read ALL of this.

      you can use any 188mm e30 LSD. The internals will fit into an e34 pumpkin as both are the same. (except for m5) basically all medium case diffs. Auto and manual use different flanges for driveshafts.

      You can also use e32 diffs but you have to swap everything. Sub frame. half shafts ect. (large case)


      The easiest and cheapest way is to source an e34 lsd. The next option is to build one.

      Im running a 2.93LSD in my e34.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Dj Buttchug View Post
        http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...g-need-to-know

        read ALL of this.

        you can use any 188mm e30 LSD. The internals will fit into an e34 pumpkin as both are the same. (except for m5) basically all medium case diffs. Auto and manual use different flanges for driveshafts.

        You can also use e32 diffs but you have to swap everything. Sub frame. half shafts ect. (large case)


        The easiest and cheapest way is to source an e34 lsd. The next option is to build one.

        Im running a 2.93LSD in my e34.

        Large case doesn't pnp into medium case cars.

        The 210mm unit is physically longer than the 188;

        even if the cv axles are the same standard the drive shaft would need to be adjusted to handle the longer nose of the 210mm unit.

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        OBD1 M54/M52TU swap as a M50b25

        Z4 non powered steering rack fits e30



        Euro e46 2005/6 320d 6mt gearbox into E30 with M20 hardy and beck 1985 327s engine

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          #5
          ^ true statement as well.

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            #6
            Then possibly using the driveshaft from the donor car?

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              #7
              This chart seems to be pretty accurate (scroll down to #11):
              http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Upgrade/Recipe.htm

              I'd stick with a diff out of an E34. 6 cyl's and the 530i all use medium case diffs that will bolt right in. Yes, you can mix and match the internals of any medium case BMW diff, and put them into an E34 case, but unless you set up the gears correctly, you're asking for trouble (short life and/or whining diff).

              These diffs should all have a metal tag on them, under one of the rear cover bolts, that has the ratio stamped in it- and it will start with an "S" if it's LSD. Search around some junkyards, especially pick n pull yards- you'll find something that will work.

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