[QUOTE=light86.... Final Drive on my 2000 LT failed....
1. Where can I order the replacement parts? (and can anyone provide a comprehensive list of what may be needed?)
2. I am pretty confident that the shims won't be correct, so do I pre-order some additional shims? And of so, what size(s) are recommended? [/QUOTE]
For the data bank, how many miles on the 2000 before the FD went out? Are you original owner or is there unkown history from a prior owner?
Please give a description of what happened: you found metal in the lube, your noticed a rough ride, the lube leaked out....?
Parts: Assuming you had a "classic" crown wheel bearing failure (a fair assumption since that is the most common failure on a 2000) you'll need a crown wheel bearing, hub seal, and shim(s). FD cover O-ring can often be reused but should be closely inspected for nicks, etc.
33 12 7 663 482 SHAFT SEAL - 85X110X10 0.13 1 $31.90
33 12 1 242 210 GROOVED BALL BEARING - 85X120X18 1.15 1 $89.47
33 11 1 241 257 O-RING - 171,1X2,62 1 $7.04
You can't order shims until you have done the measurements.
I get parts from MaxBMW, they ship quickly, communicate well regarding order status, and include M&Ms with each parts order. (If you don't like M&Ms, I suggest you use another supplier.
) I would use a BMW dealer to source the bearing, and one of the larger dealers that moves inventory. You want the German made 19 ball bearing; there might still be "new part number" French made 17 ball bearing in some small shop's inventory. These bearings were in the BMW supply system for a short period of time and cost significantly more that the German made bearing and have no demonstrated advantage.
If you are going to rebuild your own FD, I recommend you become familiar with the failures referred to as the "creeping" input needle bearing race, and the spinning tapered roller bearing race, so you know what to look for when you have the drive open.
My video is somewhat dated and some statements made in it I no longer believe, but the basic rebuild method shown is still valid. There is a large range of shim thickness, so you can't order shims before you have done measurements. You are correct in that you will need different shims; in all the drives I have seen, I've never seen a failed crown wheel bearing that wasn't over-shimmed. It would be a mistake to rebuild using your original shim.