LSD FAQ HTH

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Post by mattb » Sat Dec 15, 2007 1:08 pm

I think they will still spin up one wheel if seriously provoked. Possibly better on the road though? The Birds 335i certainly didnt have any traction issues at a very wet Brands Hatch the other week

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Post by Mike@TDSW » Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:23 pm

There is definately an element of risk when buying 2nd hand BMW lsd's. I have had some right useless bmw lsd's in the past that I have bought as "mint" and found them to not lock up much better than a open.
I know from experience though if you get a good one they are worth their weight in gold imo.

I don't see there's any way of knowing that that lsd on the bay is any worse than the £395 b.i.n. one that's on there atm. External condition isn't any true indication of how well it works. And as for buying from reputable sources, do you honestly think any of the BMW breakers test the diffs before washing them off and putting them on the bay?

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Post by T1000 » Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:55 pm

Sundayjumper wrote:
bmw318i wrote:Wanting to be sure, T1000 knows his 328s'
T1000 is indeed wrong there - not sure how that's happened.
Yep, dropped a clanger there......was a very early post of mine re:LSD's and I was still learning :oops: . Got a touch mixed up between the 3.0 / 3.2 differences :lol:

As above though, the M3 3.0 is a straight swap for typ 188 diffs.
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Joga » Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:41 pm

Hello,

I just bought a 328i Sport which I believed had an LSD but after reading this I am a bit confused.
My car is a Pre-facelift early 1996 model (manufactured 02/1996) but it also has traction control?

So should the car come with the LSD as it's a pre-facelift model or without it because it has the traction control?

I would be very sad if it didn't have the LSD :(
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Scotty328 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:19 am

^ Odd. My cars an 07/1996 and has an LSD fitted.

You normally have one or the other, i.e, LSD or Traction Control.
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Joga » Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:20 pm

I went out for a drive yesterday and I have to say that I find it unlikely that it has LSD as it seemed to light up only one wheel when I opened the throttle.
Strange indeed and I bought the car thinking the car had an LSD :? (but still my fault as he didn't mention it in the advert and I just assumed it had one).

Well I guess it means I about to look for a LSD in the near future :(
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Scotty328 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:17 pm

Joga wrote:I went out for a drive yesterday and I have to say that I find it unlikely that it has LSD as it seemed to light up only one wheel when I opened the throttle.
Strange indeed and I bought the car thinking the car had an LSD :? (but still my fault as he didn't mention it in the advert and I just assumed it had one).

Well I guess it means I about to look for a LSD in the near future :(
Are you sure your car is actually a geniune 328 Sport and not an SE dressed up to look like a Sport? I'm certain that an 02/1996 Sport would have had an LSD. Unless it was a no cost option or something to have traction control instead?
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by caboosemoose » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:22 pm

Perhaps the diff failed or wore out and was accidentally or intentionally replaced with an open diff. Pretty plausible, I would have thought for a '96 car.
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Scotty328 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:23 pm

caboosemoose wrote:Perhaps the diff failed or wore out and was accidentally or intentionally replaced with an open diff. Pretty plausible, I would have thought for a '96 car.
So they replaced it with an open diff AND fitted Traction control? Doesn't seem that plausible to me!!
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Re: LSD FAQ HTH

Post by Joga » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:17 pm

It's definitely a genuine Sport. Says so on the log book.
I find it unlikely that the diff has been replaced, more likely that this was some strange option or something.

I will jack up the car during the weekend and make sure it hasn't got one.
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