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Old 04-20-2017, 11:47 AM   #1
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What outer tie rod ends do you guys use?

I am looking at buy some new tie rod ends to go with the new zhp rack I just bought and was wondering if there is a petticoat brand that is better than the others. Currently I'm looking at the lemforder ones on fcp euro


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Old 04-20-2017, 11:51 AM   #2
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Lemforder is what I used and meyle would be the second choice.
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:08 PM   #3
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I am looking at buy some new tie rod ends to go with the new zhp rack I just bought and was wondering if there is a petticoat brand that is better than the others. Currently I'm looking at the lemforder ones on fcp euro


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Have used both and happy with both (lemforder/Meyle
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick input guys just ordered some


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Old 04-20-2017, 12:09 PM   #5
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:28 PM   #6
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Do a lot people just replace the outer end? I had never even thought of it. Any reason to change the entire tie rod? Rein outer tie rod ends are $15 bucks...
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Old 04-20-2017, 12:31 PM   #7
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I'm only doing outer because the rack I ordered from rackdoctor comes with inners


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Old 04-20-2017, 12:43 PM   #8
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I ordered a pair of Lemforder tie rods a few months ago:



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Old 04-20-2017, 12:53 PM   #9
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Rack come with everything except outers so I should be all set now


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Old 04-20-2017, 01:24 PM   #10
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i went with Lemforder, happy with them and since you went through FCP Euro you'll be set for lifetime.

curious what exact rack does your car have now? did you check your rack's tag before ordering a replacement?
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:15 PM   #11
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It's got the oem 325i rack in it currently and I didn't check tags in it but according to rack doctor the racks are interchangeable


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It's got the oem 325i rack in it currently and I didn't check tags in it but according to rack doctor the racks are interchangeable
yes they are interchangeable. and perhaps even the exact same one. there is no "zhp option specific rack". bmw has been installing that rack since 2001.

zhp rack is a lie that was debunked here on E46fanatics(i was part of it). along with several other misleading statements about the package.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #13
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Rack come with everything except outers so I should be all set now
Rackdoctor had a special offer on 325 racks -- they were including the outer tie rods. Might want to check to see if the one you bought qualifies.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:29 PM   #14
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I thought the zhp only came the 712 rack? And nothing else came with them but idk


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i thought the zhp only came the 712 rack? And nothing else came with them but idk
Nope, notice the build date on this ZF .712 rack. it's 12/01 off an '02 330i

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Old 04-20-2017, 03:49 PM   #16
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Ohhh well shows how clueless I am on the steering racks


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Old 04-20-2017, 03:50 PM   #17
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I'll get under my car later to check the tag


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Ohhh well shows how clueless I am on the steering racks
don't feel too bad, it was a long time myth and only those educated here on E46fanatics got the real story on it.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:57 PM   #19
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What outer tie rod ends do you guys use?

Well I guess I am educated now but regardless I needed a new rack
And I just want to thank you for educating me on the steering racks for these cars


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Old 04-20-2017, 07:32 PM   #20
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