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Old 03-17-2013, 06:58 AM   #17081
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Replaced my steering coupler.
Huge difference, the steering feels direct, and much more responsive.

I highly recommend this to anyone who as more than 100k.

More importantly, I vehemently implore everyone who has any play in their steering to spend an hour or so, and $50 replacing this...you will be so impressed with the direct feedback at the wheel.

Old one pulled off at 301,000 miles
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The new one
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Side by side (blurry)
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I noticed the old one was pretty mailable, and flexible.
Thanks for posting, my car has nearly 120k on it, and the steering wheel has had play for sometime now. I miss that tightness that she had back when she was new'er (purchased at 32.5k)...

I'm in the south (no rust), but thought I would ask if you replaced those torx bolts? Or if you wished that you had? Thanks! Adding this to my next parts order...
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:20 AM   #17082
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puller not at all necessary. people are unable to pull the arms without using a puller because they aren't paying attention/don't have detailed hands. Push down on the part of the arm that bends/pivots while using your other hand on the very end of the wiper arm (near the nut) to pull the wiper straight up. If you pull at an angle, they won't come off. this can be done in 10 seconds.
Puller was necessary (for me)... I suppose due to my lack of attention and non detailed hands.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:35 AM   #17083
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Omg. Attachment 495922
Saw this on instagram... That blows....
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #17084
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Puller was necessary (for me)... I suppose due to my lack of attention and non detailed hands.
trust me. its not at all necessary. its a tight fit but lifts straight up once you angle it correctly using just your fingers

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #17085
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Yup I replaced my coupler about 2k miles ago and I noticed the difference immediately, especially when it came to tramiling. Car feels more direct and planted going down the road than it did before.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:56 PM   #17086
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Thanks for posting, my car has nearly 120k on it, and the steering wheel has had play for sometime now. I miss that tightness that she had back when she was new'er (purchased at 32.5k)...

I'm in the south (no rust), but thought I would ask if you replaced those torx bolts? Or if you wished that you had? Thanks! Adding this to my next parts order...
No need to replace them...unless you strip one of them like I did I just went down to the parts store and got a new bolt. I Loctited mine for extra insurance.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:12 PM   #17087
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^nice job. old one definitely visibly twisted. damn 1,000 miles already. where did you go?!
Yeah the deformation was quite noticeable.

Didn't go anywhere significant, how do these miles keep piling on??? Lol.





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unfortunately, the XI's have a different part number, 32306754165, and it costs anywhere from $150-170.

Ouch, that's a steep price...but, I will be so bold as to say....its still worth it.




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Thanks for posting, my car has nearly 120k on it, and the steering wheel has had play for sometime now. I miss that tightness that she had back when she was new'er (purchased at 32.5k)...

I'm in the south (no rust), but thought I would ask if you replaced those torx bolts? Or if you wished that you had? Thanks! Adding this to my next parts order...
I did replace the two external torx bolts, and it was absolutely unnecessary.

I wished that I had a ratcheting 8mm wrench, because I couldn't get anything other than my tiny (short) 8mm box wrench on the torx (steering rack side.) So I ended up spending 90% of the time removing, and replacing that one bolt.
All in all, it took me about an hour and 20min.






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Yup I replaced my coupler about 2k miles ago and I noticed the difference immediately, especially when it came to tramiling. Car feels more direct and planted going down the road than it did before.
I remember your tram lining issue, didn't you replace all the usual suspects with very little, to no luck?

Glad you got it sorted out.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:13 PM   #17088
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Yup I replaced my coupler about 2k miles ago and I noticed the difference immediately, especially when it came to tramiling. Car feels more direct and planted going down the road than it did before.

What is tramiling?
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #17089
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I remember your tram lining issue, didn't you replace all the usual suspects with very little, to no luck?

Glad you got it sorted out.
Yea I replaced damn near every part in my suspension other than the RTAB and it still didn't help. Once I replaced the coupler and had my alignment done at BMW I haven't had the issue again. Car drives like brand new now.

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What is tramiling?
Basically when the car follows the grooves in the road. Mine was pretty bad when I bought it.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:31 PM   #17090
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #17091
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I've been thinking about changing my steering coupler. Maybe I'll do it next week.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #17092
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^what caused your exhaust rattle?
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:35 PM   #17094
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unfortunately, the XI's have a different part number, 32306754165, and it costs anywhere from $150-170.

Still worth it. I would have paid $200 for me steering improvement. If you have never replaced yours it is a must replace item. I can't emphasize this enough.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:40 PM   #17095
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^what caused your exhaust rattle?
When the exhaust was made they welded the hanger to the pipe, which eventually burned a hole in the pipe, and it would rattle against that hanger. So I clamped it down and fixed the hole.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:36 PM   #17096
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Still worth it. I would have paid $200 for me steering improvement. If you have never replaced yours it is a must replace item. I can't emphasize this enough.


In my case, the rubber wasn't too bad but the rivets had worn down so there was slack when I'd turn the wheel. I had a good 5-10 degrees of dead play.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:56 PM   #17097
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:59 PM   #17098
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #17099
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Replaced OFHG and VANOS line with new washers. Oil and filter change with mobile one 0W-40 Euro. Changed MT fluid with Pentosin MTF2. Changed rear diff fluid with AMSOIL severe gear 75W-90. Removed CCV system to inpect and clean. Degreased engine from oil leaking from OFHG. Finished up all maintenance and went for a test drive and as I rolled down my windows the RR window reg broke. Looks like I know what I'm doing next weekend! No good deed goes unpunished.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #17100
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Installed some Bosch Icon wipers (22A/19B)

also cleaned my windows because I can't stand dirty glass.

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