I did the same thing with cutting the old tie rod in half to reuse the boots. The only way to get that to budge is to air hammer and/or torch, which most people don't have. Cutting it is the best and easiest way.
Just as you suggested, alignment is a must and should be done right away.
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Originally Posted by roronoah
so 2004 bmw's dont come with a diff?