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Old 09-26-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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I need tie rods

Typically I'd go with genuine BMW or a known OEM.
However I've found a couple substitutes that are somewhat well known.
One being meyle.
Can anyone recommend meyle outer tie rods? The connector looks a little different than oe. Them bring $38 vs $75 for BMW makes them tempting.
Someone give me a review, good or bad.
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Another brand I found was lemforder for about $48
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
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I usually say Lemforder (and I still do) yet Meyle claims their HD tierods are beefier than OE (they even give an exact measurement) but I forgot where I saw it. I'd say if Meyle balljoints in their control arms are good, don't see why their tierods wouldn't be. I might be game to try them out.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:57 AM   #4
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I usually say Lemforder (and I still do) yet Meyle claims their HD tierods are beefier than OE (they even give an exact measurement) but I forgot where I saw it. I'd say if Meyle balljoints in their control arms are good, don't see why their tierods wouldn't be. I might be game to try them out.
i have meyle control arms on my car. not sure how comfortable i am putting the meyle tie rods on vs OEM lemforder. they look nice in pictures though
and beefier how? in the metal rod? because if that's the case, who cares? is there any flex in this part at all? as far as i know there's not.
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Price isn't that different. OEM is $10 more

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...503-504e46.htm just get oem
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:00 AM   #6
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i have meyle control arms on my car. not sure how comfortable i am putting the meyle tie rods on vs OEM lemforder. they look nice in pictures though
and beefier how? in the metal rod? because if that's the case, who cares? is there any flex in this part at all? as far as i know there's not.
nobody said anything about the metal rod. obviously a suspension component manufacturer would not give two sh!ts about making the arm of a tierod beefier. thats common sense.

obviously talking the balljoint construction
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:08 AM   #7
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Price isn't that different. OEM is $10 more

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...503-504e46.htm just get oem
autohauz has the lemforder ones for like $43. i think i'm getting those.
mango: do you have any answers to the other thread i posted concerning the steering rack flex disk? wondering what i need to install a post '01 rack into my car. i came up with two part numbers.
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autohauz has the lemforder ones for like $43. i think i'm getting those.
mango: do you have any answers to the other thread i posted concerning the steering rack flex disk? wondering what i need to install a post '01 rack into my car. i came up with two part numbers.
I guarantee that's for the tierod ENDS only. You'll want to replace the entire assembly unless your new rack comes with NEW inner tierods.
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I guarantee that's for the tierod ENDS only. You'll want to replace the entire assembly unless your new rack comes with NEW inner tierods.
It does. I only need outer now. Actually don't even really "need" them but eh. I might as well. Tie rods hate when I try to remove them so I'm gonna knock it all out now
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Is tierod a maintenance item? How can u tell if it is going bad?

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they're supposed to be tight. ones that are super easy to move with your hand with removed from the knuckle, are bad.
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they're supposed to be tight. ones that are super easy to move with your hand with removed from the knuckle, are bad.
I've seen new balljoints very easy to pivot (yet not have any play where it counts)

Basically when you grab the wheel with the car off the ground, there should be no play or clicking. same with any other balljoint.
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