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    95M3 replacing both tie rods. watched videos and it looks pretty straight forward. anything to be aware before disassembly? thanks

  • #2
    Are you doing just the outer tie rods? Or both the inner and outer rods?

    If just outer then take a measurement of the threaded portion on each side of the existing rods before removal so you can make sure you install the new ones close enough alignment wise to get it to a shop to do a proper alignment without extra tire wear.

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    • #3
      doing both inner and outer. have the rods, boots and the locking tabs.

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      • #4
        Gotcha, just make sure you have the tool to secure the new boots in place. Also make sure you have the appropriate tools (large channel locks or adjustable wrench) to get the job done. Other than that it is pretty direct like you said.

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        • #5
          thank you

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          • #6
            You need a slim 32mm wrench to get the inner tie rods disconnected from the steering rack. A beefy fan clutch tool works perfect here.

            Adjustable wrenches don't fit with the locks in place, unless you have a super nice thin version set. Avoid using channel locks or the sort unless you like seeing tool marks on your new parts.

            MSportParts | Braymond141

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Braymond141 View Post
              You need a slim 32mm wrench to get the inner tie rods disconnected from the steering rack. A beefy fan clutch tool works perfect here.

              Adjustable wrenches don't fit with the locks in place, unless you have a super nice thin version set. Avoid using channel locks or the sort unless you like seeing tool marks on your new parts.
              Or something like this:

              HR springs and tie rods by Italian Horses, on Flickr

              HR springs and tie rods by Italian Horses, on Flickr

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              • #8
                Thanks for the additional help. Had a 32mm bike spanner that fit nicely. Did the passenger side today. Only hiccup was bending over the lock washer tab. The indexing tab is at the bottom of the rack and getting to the top to bend it over was a minor headache. Otherwise, things went smoothly.

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