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Old 04-29-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Changed my steering coupling today. Highly recommend this

Just as the title says I swapped out my steering coupler today after experiencing about an inch of play in my steering wheel and a knocking noise when moving the wheel back and forth. This has made me a happy man. My car weekend fun car, which is a 2000 328i ZSP with 100k on it drives like a new car. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is experiencing these symptoms. The part was $42 from my BMW dealer, I get parts at dealer cost because I'm a car dealer, and an hour to install. The old one was shot and the rubber had become almost mush. I've read alot of similar threads with guys being quoted for an entire steering rack to fix these symptoms and wanted to hopefully save some of you guys from spending too much to get the play out of your steering. I know there are many things that could cause play in steering but this is a great place to start before replacing the whole rack. Hope this helps guys. Good day.


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Old 04-29-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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Had the technician at the store install it but I was right there. I would've had a hard time getting it out because it was hung up a little from corrosion and laying under the car would've been tough for me. We had it out in 10 min and the new one went in great. It's pretty easy if you can put the car on a lift like we did but without the lift it wouldn't have been so easy for me. Alot of guys here have done it on stands but I am glad I had them do it for me.


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Old 04-29-2013, 10:47 PM   #4
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Any DIY here?

Is this the correct part?

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...ing%20Assembly

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:06 PM   #5
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Good refresher. Took me 30 minutes and the difference was noticeable.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:21 AM   #6
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http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...ing%20Assembly
That is the correct part. Well worth the money.



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Old 04-30-2013, 09:39 AM   #8
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Just as the title says I swapped out my steering coupler today after experiencing about an inch of play in my steering wheel and a knocking noise when moving the wheel back and forth. This has made me a happy man. My car weekend fun car, which is a 2000 328i ZSP with 100k on it drives like a new car. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is experiencing these symptoms. The part was $42 from my BMW dealer, I get parts at dealer cost because I'm a car dealer, and an hour to install. The old one was shot and the rubber had become almost mush. I've read alot of similar threads with guys being quoted for an entire steering rack to fix these symptoms and wanted to hopefully save some of you guys from spending too much to get the play out of your steering. I know there are many things that could cause play in steering but this is a great place to start before replacing the whole rack. Hope this helps guys. Good day.


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You had 1 inch of play?! I had 0.5" and it was driving me crazy. I took my time and it took about an hour. I tried twisting the old one by hand when I had it out and there was barely any movement. I was doubtful the new one would make any difference but it did; felt so much better.

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:07 PM   #9
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You had 1 inch of play?! I had 0.5" and it was driving me crazy. I took my time and it took about an hour. I tried twisting the old one by hand when I had it out and there was barely any movement. I was doubtful the new one would make any difference but it did; felt so much better.

These are the instructions I used:
http://www.bmw330ci.net/maintenance/steering.php
Trust me the inch was driving me up a wall. I also thought I had wasted the money on this part when we got it out because it didn't have too much play in it, but I guess it had enough to translate all that play up at the steering wheel. The rubber was just a bit softer and not as firm in the old coupling compared to the new.


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Old 04-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #10
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The job is more involved on later E46s with the reinforcement plate. You got lucky having an earlier model. A lot more room to work with. Still not too bad either way when DIY.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:35 PM   #11
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yeah, about that reinforcement plate. You don't really need to remove it to do this job.

Here's the DIY I used when I did this on my touring:
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Did your steering get tighter and cornering ability improved. I feel like my car handles like sh!t...my moms Nissan Altima can corner better


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Old 04-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #13
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yeah, about that reinforcement plate. You don't really need to remove it to do this job.

Here's the DIY I used when I did this on my touring:
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yep you don't need to. but maneuvering tools in there gets harder
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you need to rebuild the entire suspension
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you need to rebuild the entire suspension
I did, new shocks all around. Front control arm and bushings. Would rtabs and diff bushings make a big difference, planning on doing them this summer. Sorry for thread jack OP


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you need to rebuild the entire suspension
+1 on this

I cant believe how my car handles now with new coilovers, FCABs, RTABs, CSB, guibo, RSMs.
All in all about $1500 well spent. Now I know the car(at least the suspension) is good for at least 50,000 miles.

Take a note: my car was not handling bad, but I noticed a leak on the rear shock and decided to do an over haul. I could have just gone with new shocks on the rear. But boy what a difference it has made after the entire suspension refresh(not entire as I still have the control arms and ball joints, but they are working fine).
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I went with meyle HDs with limiters. The old ones didnt look bad, but the new ones made my car tight. Next time I'd be going Poly just because it will be easy to install.
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+1 on this

I cant believe how my car handles now with new coilovers, FCABs, RTABs, CSB, guibo, RSMs.
All in all about $1500 well spent. Now I know the car(at least the suspension) is good for at least 50,000 miles.

Take a note: my car was not handling bad, but I noticed a leak on the rear shock and decided to do an over haul. I could have just gone with new shocks on the rear. But boy what a difference it has made after the entire suspension refresh(not entire as I still have the control arms and ball joints, but they are working fine).
Yep. Don't forget the rear suspension needs a massive overhaul as you near 150k miles. I'm gearing up to do my rear balljoints in the next week or two. Then i'll completely remove the rear control arms and press in/out new RLCA inner bushings
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I went with meyle HDs with limiters. The old ones didnt look bad, but the new ones made my car tight. Next time I'd be going Poly just because it will be easy to install.
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OE/OEM, OE/OEM-style rtabs are extremely easy to install using the right tool. I wouldn't use poly in the rtab location and neither would Vorshlag Motorsports.
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