I also think the people breaking the pinion are people who are launching their cars but I could be wrong. Either way, someone mentioned to me, I forget who, that euro cars have a U joint type connection instead of the pinion nut. So if you could get a driveshaft and a pinion from one of them, maybe there is an upgrade option. Another thing to note, is the S55 DCT has the same final drive as the N54 6AT(3.46). We would be talking custom axles and other stuff I'm sure, but I figured I'd bring it up.