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Old 04-15-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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Possible to buy this part?

Replaced my flexible coupling a while back and had trouble with the alignment during reinstall. There is the alignment fin on the steering rack and mine is kinda banged up. I did the best i could with a visual alignment, but have it in my mind that its not right. Is it possible to buy this plastic part separate from a whole steering assembly and replace vs. doing a guesstimate alignment?

If it matters, for a 04 325ci.

Searched on getbmwparts and realoem and havent had any luck.
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Shouldn't you be getting an alignment as oppossed to trying to set it back as best you can?
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:47 PM   #4
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I just got an alignment. But since this piece has a tendency to bend when removing the flexible coupler, the steering wheel might not be centered. Ive tried re-centering the piece, but if its off one spline, it will make the wheel crooked. This doesnt necessarily affect the alignment, just the orientation of the steering wheel.

But since the tab guide is slightly bent, it makes it a little harder to make sure its on straight.

If i could buy this part and replace it so its straight, i would rather do this then get re-aligned again.
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