Custom Performance Differential - E90 335d

Better traction, handling, and acceleration - all in one upgrade!

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$1,449.00 – $5,149.00

A great upgrade for drivers looking for added acceleration and grip for the E90 335d!

A differential upgrade/rebuild for your 335d delivers performance far above the original factory spec. Diffsonline has 20 years of expertise in BMW differential upgrades and rebuilding. Diffsonline specializes in BMW differentials and makes it easy to replace and upgrade your diff.

When planning a diff upgrade in your E90 there are a few factors to consider: limited slip type, gearing choice, upgrade plans, and intended use.

E90 Limited Slip Options

DOL Helical limited slip
There are a number of limited slip options for the 335d but they fall into two groups - clutch and helical. The traditional BMW limited slip uses a clutch layout. Clutches are simple, reliable, and the less expensive. We offer a heavy-duty 3-clutch with different ramp angles to change lock-up behavior on acceleration and deceleration. The 35/60 is recommended for street use. The 30/90 is only recommended for track use. This is a mildly-aggressive lockup on acceleration but zero lock on deccel, which could be tricky and unpredictable in some conditions.

Several non-clutch type LSDs are also available. Wavetrac and Quaife both make a helical-style LSD that are more expensive but offer advantages in wear resistance and performance. Helical diffs use multiple sets of gears instead of clutch discs and plates. They are always engaged and have quicker and smoother response and are less affected by heat than a conventional clutch. There are a few downsides: if a wheel becomes airborne (hopping a curb, lifting an inside wheel) the lockup goes away. There is also additional upfront cost and some slightly higher gear whine than a traditional clutch LSD.

A non-LSD differential is also available (the "Open" option). This can be a great acceleration upgrade but will leave you with the same limited traction as the original differential.

E9X Gear Ratio

Polished Ring & Pinion
Several gear options are available to meet your acceleration needs. We can build the diff with the original 2.81 gear ratio which will preserve all of the stock acceleration and RPM at various speeds. A shorter 3.08 gear will give better acceleration but will put the engine into boost sooner as well as raise RPM on the highway. A taller 2.56 is an option that does the opposite - slower off the line acceleration, lower RPM, but higher speeds in each gear. The taller ration may be helpful with highly boosted track cars that have trouble getting traction with the stock or 3.08 ratio - give your car an extra few tenths to hook up and then accelerate.

The shorter 3.08 gear will raise RPM on the highway. 70 MPH will raise RPM from the stock 1,875 to 2,000 RPM.

The taller 2.56 gear will lower RPM on the highway. 70 MPH will lower RPM from the stock 1,875 to 1,660 RPM.

REM Polishing

Diff REM Polish
REM treatment is a multi-step light surface polish of the gears and/or bearings that removes small imperfections and high spots on the surface. BMW does some final detailing on their ring & pinion sets that removes most of these imperfections but there is still room for improvement. High spots create heat risers which raise the surface temp of the surrounding metal and leads to imperfections and wear. REM polishing reduces internal temps and friction, improving performance and efficiency. It also makes the ring & pinion quieter with smoother engagement. REM polishing is done on a as-ordered basis and may result in additional build time. REM is a registered trademark of REM Chemicals, Inc.

Core Charge

Diff Core
We're able to offer rebuilt and performance differentials at a reasonable cost due to the use of cores. A "core" is your original used differential that is returned to our diff builder to be recycled into a new, fully-rebuilt diff. If we did not have cores available, and had to buy new factory differentials from BMW, our performance diffs would be four times the price they are now. To keep this upgrade feasible for the entire enthusiast community we rely on having your good, reusable core returned to the diff builder (Diffsonline) within fourteen days of receipt of your new diff. In order to cover the cost of sourcing another used diff, a separate core charge, in addition to the advertised price, is applied to your order at the time of processing. This core charge can be refunded when you send back your original diff. Only complete and reusable cores will be eligible for a refund (no blown out, abused, or modified cores please). You must return a diff equal in components and accessories to the one sent to you.

The core charge on a 335d diff is $1,000, which is not included in the price and will be charged separately at the time of processing. You can also avoid the core charge altogether by sending in your original diff to be rebuilt. Note that this will mean downtime for your vehicle, so we recommended using the core service.

E9X Diff Rebuild Process

BMW Diff Rebuilding
While we take in used diffs as cores, what you get is a fully rebuilt and properly set up unit that is often better than what BMW can provide. There is a lot of specialty knowledge required in the diff building industry and Diffsonline has over 20 years of experience in BMW differentials. Nearly all of the major retailers of performance differentials use Diffsonline, even when sold under other brand names. Rebuilding a diff is a very involved process -
  • The used diff is disassembled and cleaned
  • The outside case (carrier) is stripped of grease, grime, and rust
  • The desired limited slip unit is prepped
  • The specified gear set is assembled with the LSD
  • Any machining of the carrier is done in-house
  • New OEM bearings are fitted
  • New OEM seals are fitted
  • The entire internal assembly is aligned (crucial in avoiding gear whine later on)
  • Final assembly and checks
  • Carrier is given a fresh coat of black paint
  • Shipment to your door in special heavy-duty packaging
The packaging can be reused to send back your core. Diffs are shipped without covers and with no fluid inside. Diffsonline recommends Red Line 75/110 fluid for all of their differentials.

BimmerWorld offers FREE GROUND SHIPPING on all diffs.

Upgrading the differential in your BMW is one of the best ways to improve handling, acceleration, and all-around performance. Whether you're looking to alter the final drive gear ratio, or add limited-slip functionality to get all that power to the ground in the turns, we've got the knowledge to guide you in the right direction. Should you have any questions on BMW diff upgrades or the process, please call or email one of our knowledgeable sales reps.

BMW Fitments:

3 Series
E90 / E91 / E92 / E93 (06-13) > 335d
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