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Posted by dudel on August 29, 2001 at 20:11:10:

In Reply to: parts posted by Scott H. on August 29, 2001 at 15:10:16:

Ok, sounds like a good price. Even the labor estimate is close to what I thought.

You can DIY if you skip the tranny. Tranny not imposible, just has alot of real POS bolts to get to. Tranny jack helps as well. Also helps to be able to lift the car enough to be able to get the tranny down and out.

For the Guibo and driveshaft, get a Bentley's. Basic steps are (and please confirm with Bentley's):

1) Raise and secure car
2) *May* have to separate the exhaust at the headers and move it out of the way. Watch the O2 sensor wires.
3) Mark the driveshaft for lenght and orientation in the spline(by the locking nut) and allignment on the guibo. (May skip this step since a new drive shaft is going in).
4) Remove 6 bolts holding the guibo on. (get new bolts and nuts from dealer)
5) Loosen the drive shaft locking nut. Slide drive shaft togetther to remove guibo.
6) Remove the nuts that hold the center bearing to the car.
7) Detach the driveshaft from the diff.
8) Attach guibo
9) Attach front of driveshaft to tranny (check Bentleys for warning on max flex of the driveshaft)
10) Attach center bearing
11) Attach rear of driveshaft to diff
12) Preload the center bearing (see Bentleys)
13) tighten everything.
14) Reattach exhaust
15) Lower car, test drive.

This is an off the top of my head rememberance of the steps on an E28. E34 should be very similar. Others will jump in if I've left anything off.

It's alot of grunting and swearing on your back (or looking up). Two people will make it much easier. DIY will save $95 *4, your call.

Hope this helps,


Guibo =$60
Drive-shaft w/ center bearing =$460
4 hours labor at $95/hr (have to love living in Chicago)


Is this a DIY Don? I can order the parts and install these with my cousin (head Ford mech at his dealer shop). Should I save the money? Any tips? I am a DIY guy, but I don't want to mess with the driveline unless this is a fairly easy job!

Thanks again!

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