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    Sun Visor clip unobtainium

    Good god... Still waiting for someone to 3D print them for a legit price... When you do, I'll buy one for each side, and I imagine there's a booming business on here if you're interested.
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    3.0 CS Tool Kit Sold!

    $395 according to this page: http://www.bimmerdoc.com/new-and-special-bmw-parts/
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    Door seal question

    I bought that exact piece from the same seller. It's fine and about half the price as elsewhere; proceed without worry.
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    differential installation

    I did get new bolts, even a bit longer so they could bridge the distance better when mating up, and I pre-threaded them to be sure they would fit first. And I have become friends with my long pry bar. The only thing I don't have is the tranny jack, which will be my next move. Thanks again...
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    differential installation

    Thanks, folks. I've been trying to do exactly this...I seem to be able to get 1, maybe 2, bolts in a small amount and then I jiggle/persuade/shim/tilt the massive hulk of metal about in an attempt to get the rest to fall in line but they never do. Honestly, if I hadn't taken the damn thing off...
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    differential installation

    Thanks -- I'm using wooden planks, chocks, shims, and wedges to set things up as best I can. Not solving the core problem, though.
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    differential installation

    I'm installing the differential, which seems as if it should be easy ("reverse of removal" as they say). It has not been. There are 8 bolts on the bracket (4 top, 2 on each side; 4 side, 2 on each side) and 1 bolt into the rear mount. The car is on jack stands and I'm working alone. I'm...
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    Parts binder edition 2. White Binder and blister wrapped pages

    I'm looking for binder/band #1 if anyone has it. ECS claims to have it but they actually don't. PM me, please, if you know where I can get one.
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Thanks, will do.
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    I discovered the lock ring in the parts diagram too -- the part number is 23211490120. I'll be getting one and adding it back into the assembly; it looks like it can be used instead of loctite. Anyone know the torque specs for the collar nut? Thanks again to everyone.
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Fortunately, it all looks good -- far better than the gruesome sound led me to expect:
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Indeed, the collar nut was completely free from the pinion gear shaft, allowing the driveshaft to separate from the flange, just as folks here said was the likely culprit. I drained what little remained of the diff oil and saw no bits of metal, etc. Also I'm able to turn it all properly by...
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Thanks for all the great input and information. I'm getting the car to a place I can work on it today and will know more soon.
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Yes, almost has to be that, huh? That solves my mystery (thanks for the pics) of what holds the flange in place.
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    differential / driveshaft decoupled

    Hi all, Yesterday I was happily cruising down the highway in heavy traffic and was greeted by a whiney sound, which at first I thought was due to the grooving in the road at that stretch. The sound quickly seemed more ominous, and as I began to merge over to exit it became downright ugly --...
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    Needed! Pictures of your bonnet stay / bonnet hinge and torsion spring assemblies!!

    The key is to install the bar/arm assembly first, without the "L" brackets on it in place (these have 2 bolts each). Then, by attaching (by wire in my case) a piece of wood (or whatever; about 12" long) to each arm you can tension the spring by pulling the arms upward toward the hood. At this...
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    wtb tool box

    Seeking the in-trunk plastic tool box. My brittle original is spitting plastic shards as it disintegrates. Thanks.
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    heater blower motor install

    Thanks, everyone. I'll post my experiences if I learn anything beyond what's already noted here when I do this.
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    heater blower motor install

    Thanks, Jon, good to know if I decide to go that route.
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    heater blower motor install

    My heater blower motor has died. I have a new motor (motor only, not the plastic fan) on the way and so will need to marry the new motor to the old fan. The fan is old, plastic, and potentially brittle. The motor rotor is apparently pressed into the fan assembly but is very firmly in place...
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