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Old 01-24-2019, 06:22 AM
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Going to be doing the front diff fluid so the plate is coming off.

If reusing the stock bolts what are you guys torquing them down too?


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I wouldn't bother removing the stiffening plate underneath. On the US drivers side (my passenger side) if you take the wheel off, then the plastic shroud covers top and bottom of the CV then you can shine a torch in and you will see the diff, the hex bolt at the top is the fill and the one at the bottom is drain, I always check I can get the top fill nut out before I undo the drain... I had issue with seized fill bolts before... not fun when you already drained. Then to fill use a garden hose and funnel or I use an oil suction gun, and suck it out of the oil bottle then fill to the point it starts to run out and do everything up.

Just my way of doing it... access isnt to bad either but depends on your engine. Mine is the 3.0 Diesel Turbo.
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Here are replacement bolts for $2.69 each if you want to replace: https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/11115685?r=~%7Ccategoryl1:%22600000%20Fasteners%22 %7C~%20~%7Ccategoryl2:%22600001%20Bolts%22%7C~%20~ %7Ccategoryl3:%22600015%20Flange%20Bolts%22%7C~%20 ~%7Csattr01:%5EMetric$%7C~%20~%7Csattr06:%5E%22Cla ss%2010.9%22$%7C~%20~%7Csattr02:%5EM10-1.5$%7C~%20~%7Csattr03:%5E55mm$%7C~

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Better than BMW prices for sure. Thanks for that. Should help those who want to replace them but don't due to cost.
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Depending on what one is doing you can remove all bolts except one and then swing the plate out of the way instead of completely removing it. Especially helpful if working alone.
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I just ordered a dozen new M10x1.5 - 60mm flange bolts in grade 10.9 (5mm longer than OE) and a dozen flange nuts from Bolt Depot. I found their prices significantly cheaper than Fastenal that I previously referenced. I needed a couple M10 130mm bolts for my junkyard trailer hitch and that led me to needing to place an order.

The bolts are $0.93 and the nuts are $0.21. Shipping is reasonable - I had several other things and the shipping was $6.80 total.

https://www.boltdepot.com/Product-De...?product=17513

If you're feeling guilty about re-using your $20 BMW bolts, this would be a much more economical alternative.

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I just ordered a dozen new M10x1.5 - 60mm flange bolts in grade 10.9 (5mm longer than OE) and a dozen flange nuts from Bolt Depot. I found their prices significantly cheaper than Fastenal that I previously referenced. I needed a couple M10 130mm bolts for my junkyard trailer hitch and that led me to needing to place an order.

The bolts are $0.93 and the nuts are $0.21. Shipping is reasonable - I had several other things and the shipping was $6.80 total.

https://www.boltdepot.com/Product-De...?product=17513

If you're feeling guilty about re-using your $20 BMW bolts, this would be a much more economical alternative.

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Hopefully there is enough thread length on these. What has put me off using these 60mm long versions in the past is the only ones I can get locally don't have enough thread length for the front two locations - the four rear locations are fine.
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Hopefully there is enough thread length on these. What has put me off using these 60mm long versions in the past is the only ones I can get locally don't have enough thread length for the front two locations - the four rear locations are fine.
Maybe I'll be ordering those 55mm ones from Fastenal afterall? I'll try these new bolts next time I take the stiffener plate off and report back on this thread. However, I'm hoping it'll be a while before I need to take it back off!

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