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Old 10-24-2017, 10:54 AM   #1
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325iX Rear Drive Shaft Help

I am in the process of refreshing/rebuilding a 1989 325iX. The car was originally an auto that I am swapping to a 5-speed. The transmission and transfer case are all in and now I just need a drive shaft.

Here is where I need help:

- I don't have a core to have rebuilt. All the companies I see charge a core fee and I assume they don't have these just sitting on the shelf and I could "eat" the core charge given how few iX cars made it to the US. I haven't called any of the vendors who list them for sale so, maybe I am incorrect here.

- I could buy a used one off EBay but the condition of the u-joint will be uncertain. I want to do it once and do it right.

- New OEM no longer available?

- Are new OEM style still available from any vendor without having to have a core to rebuild?

- Anyone make a custom shaft that does away with the staked u-joint? Again, I have no core as a base for a rebuild.

Money isn't so much the issue as getting a new drive shaft that will not give me issues down the road. I don't need any fancy CF, aluminum race shaft, just something that will work in a semi daily driven car.
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:41 AM   #2
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i have a manual rear driveshaft that came out of my friends' car that was totaled years back. It was in perfect shape when removed if you're interested. I'm in NYC though.
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Old 10-24-2017, 11:42 AM   #3
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btw i never changed my rear driveshaft after my 5-speed swap on my iX fyi.
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:07 PM   #4
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I am interested.

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Old 10-24-2017, 02:00 PM   #5
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If you plan to have the car a while, I always go to OE. It lasted this long, why open yourself up to having to do the job twice?
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:23 PM   #6
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btw i never changed my rear driveshaft after my 5-speed swap on my iX fyi.
I never changed my rear drive shaft either when I did my 5- speed swap on my ix.
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Old 10-24-2017, 05:58 PM   #7
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BMA (and probably others) have u-joints. The yokes would have to be machined to remove the staking and add snap ring grooves.

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Old 10-24-2017, 08:39 PM   #8
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The front and rear drive shafts are identical between manual and automatic 325iXes.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:14 PM   #9
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Then does the auto iX shaft not have a center carrier bearing? When I see shafts advertised for the autos they have a center carrier bearing.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:53 PM   #10
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iX does not use a CSB. Any driveshaft that has one is the wrong driveshaft.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:02 PM   #11
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Then does the auto iX shaft not have a center carrier bearing? When I see shafts advertised for the autos they have a center carrier bearing.
Correct, the auto and manual ix driveshafts do not have a centre support bearing. The auto and manual driveshafts are identical and share the same part number. Also according to ECS it is available new https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...x/26111225684/

However if the driveshaft from your auto was in good condition, I don't see the need to replace it. I've done the swap 4 times and always reused the driveshafts. They are telescopic and can expand/compress to make up any difference in length.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:38 PM   #12
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Auto and Manual ix's use the same driveshaft. There's no difference in lenght because the tailshaft of the transfercase is the same on both cars. The ix also has no csb.
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:17 AM   #13
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Auto and Manual ix's use the same driveshaft. There's no difference in lenght because the tailshaft of the transfercase is the same on both cars. The ix also has no csb.
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