VAC motorsports driveshaft for m3 diff

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Saw on the N54Tech FB group that VAC motorsports is creating a n54 135i driveshaft for m3 diff and is starting the groupbuy soon. I was looking for diff options and this seems like a great way to get an OEM diff and also upgrading the driveshaft at the same time.
 

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Saw on the N54Tech FB group that VAC motorsports is creating a n54 135i driveshaft for m3 diff and is starting the groupbuy soon. I was looking for diff options and this seems like a great way to get an OEM diff and also upgrading the driveshaft at the same time.
Doesn't dss already do this?
 
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wuX2

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Just found it. It looks like a replacement cf driveshaft. The vac one I believe will bolt up to the m3 diff, which the oem n54 135i driveshaft is too long and needs to be shaved and welded(?) to fit.
 

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I really dislike VAC. They messed up my order on N54 bearings (sent me wrong sized main bearings), tried to sell me bed plate studs that don't exist, and recently messed up a relatively simple order for a fire extinguisher bracket by shipping it to the wrong address... AFTER they called me to clarify which address I wanted it shipped to.

IDK what they're doing but they need to get their act together. I certainly wouldn't trust them to get a driveshaft right on the first try whereas DSS has been doing driveshafts forever.
 
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doublespaces

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Just found it. It looks like a replacement cf driveshaft. The vac one I believe will bolt up to the m3 diff, which the oem n54 135i driveshaft is too long and needs to be shaved and welded(?) to fit.

They sell a couple custom lengths that they don't advertise.
 

dyezak

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I missed this thread but can confirm that DSS has this covered. They will do a 335i to M3 driveshaft with a 2 week ship time.
 
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That's about the norm for a standard 1pc carbon fiber DS. The fact it was the same price for a custom job like this is actually really good.

Oh woah, carbon fiber?! That's impressive then. A new OEM driveshaft is more than that (which I find completely ridiculous).

I was just sad at the price because it is FAR outside of my price range. I'm barely scraping by to get a swap done, can't imagine over 3x the price for the driveshaft. Oy!
 
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Oh woah, carbon fiber?! That's impressive then. A new OEM driveshaft is more than that (which I find completely ridiculous).

I was just sad at the price because it is FAR outside of my price range. I'm barely scraping by to get a swap done, can't imagine over 3x the price for the driveshaft. Oy!
Yeah, I didn't realize it was carbon either, but can you imagine how much more responsive the N54/N55 DCT must be paired with a lightweight flywheel?
 
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A carbon fiber driveshaft and aluminium SMFW would shave probably close to 40 lbs of rotating mass off the drivetrain. That's my plan if I can find a decently priced DCT M3 rear end around me.