11 November 2015

Tie Rods

Replaced the tie rods with new Lemforder branded ones.  Not a hard job if you have the right tools.  As usual, I bought the Lemforder parts at FCP Euro.  I did watch this video and also the second part, they are really clear on how to do this work.  I used 42 Nm for the torque on the outer tie rod.

Tools
Cal-Van Tools 946 Low Profile Inner Tie Rod Tool,  $16.67 at Amazon, I ended up using a 32mm thin wrench instead
Great Neck OEM 27175 Damage Free Tie Rod End Remover, $38.68 at Amazon


Left tie rod, need 1 BMW part number 32111139315, $44.99r for Lemforder
Right tie rod, need 1 BMW part number 32111139316, $44.99r for Lemforder
Lock plates, need 2 BMW part number 32111140464, $5.52r each
Steering rack boots, need 2 BMW part number 32211139786, $7.99r for Lemforder
Self locking nut, need 2 BMW part number 32216756327, included with tie rods from Lemforder
Tension strap, need 2 BMW part number 32111137132, included with boots from Lemforder
Tension strap, need 2 BMW part number 32131094100, included with boots from Lemforder

Total cost of this mod = $117.00r
Total investment in vehicle to date = $3166.51


These are the BMW lockplates.  Once installed you have to hammer the thin edge down onto the hex end of the tie rod to prevent it from backing out at all.

I did not use the inner tie rod tool shown at the bottom.  Instead, I was able to get a 32mm open end thin wrench onto the inner tie rod ends.

Here is the tie rod end remover in place, ready to remove the outer tie rod

Tie rod end remover in place

32 mm open end thin wrench can remove the inner rod

Lowest tie rod is the OEM left.  New above it is the new Lemforder left tie rod.  They look identical to me.

Locking plate in the locked position.

Nice clean tie rod installed on right hand side.  Excuse the dirt, have not cleaned the underbody yet.


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