Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Shawnee, KS, USA
I don't want to shoot down your theory about the importance of measuring everything, but when my local BMW shop rebuilt mine (at 97K), they just put in the new 17 -bearing thingy and bolted it down. When I sold it 30K later, there was no sign of metal flakes in the diff-oil when I changed it last. As far as I know, it is still going strong and the new owner rides it everyday to work and home (over 50 miles daily).
In fact, the cost to have the shop do the job for me was just a tad over $300, and the parts were the biggest portion of that, so my call is it ain't worth doing it myself, when they can do it pretty cheaply.
2003 K1200 LTE