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Old 12-04-2018, 01:02 AM
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Driveshaft Center Support

I can't seem to confirm if the Center Support is OE Febi or something else.
Hate to get a vibration after all that other work is being done *TC, trans*.

Can anyone confirm or deny - go with the OEM Febi or go OE ?
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:22 AM
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I can't confirm if Febi is the OE supplier... but I can confirm no driveshaft wobble or noise after installing the Febi version when I did my front/rear DS servicing. This one: Febi CSB. It's $7 cheaper now than when I bought it too.
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Thx. Before posting the OP I googled sh1t out of it. It even pulled up some links to XOP with threads/subjects on the CSB, some with posts like the 1st replacement put a wobble, or the 1st replacement metal fatigued out, etc. Not sure is these were Autozone specials or the Febi. All I'm seeing online at this moment as a alternative just shot of no-names is the Febi
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:11 AM
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I wrote a detail DIY on bimmerfest E39 1998 528i.

The bottom line:
- Flex Disc SGF or BMW.
- CSB: BMW Genuine ONLY, don't try to save $ here, you will regret it.
You do not want to repeat this job.

The Flex disc, in the Febi Box is SGF.

The CSB: Febi is likely Chinese. The BMW is excellent and costs around $80 Iirc.
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:20 AM
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50% of this job is all preventative at this point with the belly of the beast open

CSB
TC Chain, Seals and Bearing Overhaul
Flex Disc
etc, etc

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Old 12-04-2018, 11:32 AM
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I've used just about every decent brand of csb on BMWs. Stay away from URO. Everything else has been fine. Never had to redo one. Oh, used meyle flex discs front/back. Also no issues.

Edit: cn90 is right though. This job can suck. Took me two weeks to compete due to a frozen (and special ordered) centering sleeve. Going BMW can will not break the bank and if it gives the warm and fuzzies... Then it's worth it.
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Wayyyy OT. Parts is what it is , but at least there are OEM options.

I just serviced/overhauled our Wolf Stove again.
To get to one part, you end up breaking up $260 worth in gaskets....
And the gaskets are pretty much MAP/MSRP with no alternative options.
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Old 12-04-2018, 12:37 PM
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^That's the problem with "elite" type brands when it comes to appliances. They are a niche product and so no aftermarket companies invest the $$$ to manufacture parts. And as you say, retailers of OE parts have to go by MAP.

My GE range/oven... last 2 heating elements were like $20ea.
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The BS also with the elite brands is regional distribution/rights as well....
I went googling as I was not happy paying almost $300 for cheap gaskets.
Dollar saved, dollar spent elsewhere.

Decided to mailorder it from a different authorized parts dealer. Save me some tax money.
Anyhow, no can do. They can only sell to XYZ that is within their region ! No stepping on anyones toes
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:24 PM
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^Good to know. Sounds a lot like how the telecom/cable companies operate to maintain their regional monopolies.
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