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Old 04-04-2015, 10:00 PM   #1
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Shaft compatability

So....In the process of sorting out my busted rear UJ on my recently 60K mile 08GS, I find out that I'm a couple of miles too late. I have the spiders in hand (big shout out to driveline services in Fresno - top notch service!) but the yoke on the drive shaft itself is damaged. I'm going to check the options for getting a new yoke and getting it welded but another option is a second hand shaft and rebuild the joints. The question is, can I get a pre-08 small spline shaft and rebuild it with my OK end yokes and new spiders? essentially upgrading a small spline shaft to later spec? the early ones are a lot easier to acquire.......

Any thoughts? I'm assuming that the spiders are the same the whole way through the hexhead era so my cunning plan may work?

$1100 is just too much BMW tax for me......
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:14 PM   #2
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The rear splines are the same but the fwd ones are larger on '08 and later. (Transmission output shaft was beefed up (2mm larger OD)
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:49 PM   #3
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That's what I thought and good news - just pulled the trigger on an 06 shaft so should be able to combine my 2 new spiders and the input yoke from mine to do another 60K!

Thanks for the info!
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