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Old 09-14-2005, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those who were interested in my diff. swap

As it turns out...

BTW if you didnt remember i got a 328 diff to swap into my 318

anyway - the axle bolts (torx) for the 318 diff are of smaller diameter but same size torx head. so to use the 318 axles would require machining to make the 328 torxs fit. now i am faced with just swaping axles and diff.s.

on another note - the 318 driveshaft bolts directly to the 328 diff. which is nice, and the axles off the 328 are the same length as the axles off the 318 so no spacers are needed.

i will keep you guys posted after everything is fitted, i decided not to swap the entire rear sub. frame because i didnt want to change brake lines (especially those e-brake bastards). overall the diff removal was a piece of cake, ill do a complete write up when its all said and done


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awesome I am glad you are going through with it. I chicken'd out because I couldn't have my car on a lift for 2 weeks while we figured it out.
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so you would have to open up the holes on the cv axle of 318, does the diff bolt to the subframe,thanks
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yea the diff has 3 large bolts that hold it to the sub. frame.

if you didnt want to mess with trying to swap axles you would have to make the holes in the 318 axles a lil bigger

im just swapin axles cause it is gonna save time and plus i already have the axles from the 328
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and any different between the 2 diff?
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the gearing ratio is higher on the larger engine models, i believe they are the same size dimensionally
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i mean i know differential ratios are different in different models and all but how much performance gain and fuel wise are u getting out of this project?
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