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Old 08-30-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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Tie rod torque specs?

I searched around a bit and couldn't find the torque specs for tie rods, anyone know the specs? Thanks
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According to TIS, tierod to rack, 100 +/- 10nm. So about what? 78 lb ft? (Don't quote me on that, need to convert the figures yourself)

Rod to knuckle is 65nm

http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/s/view.pl?1/03/70/27

My question is why doesn't the E46 use lock plates like the E36 did... (scary)
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Tie rod to rack and knuckle? I'm confused on which part is the rack and which is the knuckle haha
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The rack is where the inner tie rod connects to, the steering knuckle is where the ball joint attaches to behind the brakes.
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Rack is inside part onto which you screw inner tie rod on. Knuckle is on tire side
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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Meyle HD tierods:

MEYLE-HD tie rod end to fit BMW
New and technically optimised MEYLE-HD tie rod ends for the latest BMW 1 and 3 Series models have been added to our product range. MEYLE part numbers are 316 020 0007/HD and 316 020 0008/HD.

The new MEYLE-HD tie rod end features a number of technical improvements compared to the OE part:

increased ball head diameter from 28mm to 30mm provides enhanced load-carrying capability
wear-resistant plastic socket developed in co-operation with Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH
use of special high-grade nuts

A unique feature of the part is its universal design: MEYLE-HD tie rod ends for BMW models fit axial joints on both ZF and TRW steering gears which also helps to streamline stock management processes.
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Um, you're replacing the entire tie rod? If so, don't forget there's a nut between the inner and out tie rod too...

According to Bentley:

Outer tie rod to steering arm (replace self locking nut (bastards!) 48 ft lb

Outer tie rod end lock nut 33 ft lb (what's in the center of the entire tie rod)

Inner tie rod to steering rack--74 + 7 ft lb (do it in two stages) (This is beneath the rubber boot...so have new clamps handy if you're doing this and don't have a new boot kit)
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