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    I am under the impresion my rack is fubared. so i ordered 1 today from a 2005 320d with 56k. cost me £99 delivered! well when it gets here
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    I am under the impresion my rack is fubared. so i ordered 1 today from a 2005 320d with 56k. cost me £99 delivered! well when it gets here
    Cheap at half the price, hope it cures your steering woes
     
     

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    yeh it is cheap, but its from a bmw breakers
     
     

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    Easy enough to change them over - how are your track rods looking - both the inner & outer ball joints? I did a description on the E46 technical thread on how to swap the rack out - a very quick job when you know how (about 90 mins in & out I reckon - and I'm not a pro).

    Keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy2bsure View Post
    Easy enough to change them over - how are your track rods looking - both the inner & outer ball joints? I did a description on the E46 technical thread on how to swap the rack out - a very quick job when you know how (about 90 mins in & out I reckon - and I'm not a pro).

    Keep us posted.
    rods should be fine! i put an outer on about 6 months ago, and has been at bm for steering twice since, all ok+ mot last month, passed
     
     

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    Nice one VF, keep us posted. I changed mine a few weeks ago, but the clonk i was chasing is still there..:(

    Suspension is coming off next, top mounts and front dampers. then i'm gonna burn/sell it if it hasnt gone away...:(
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egon View Post
    Nice one VF, keep us posted. I changed mine a few weeks ago, but the clonk i was chasing is still there..:(

    Suspension is coming off next, top mounts and front dampers. then i'm gonna burn/sell it if it hasnt gone away...:(
    Funny you should say that, I had a clonk too and blamed it on the rack. What a hasty decision! I bought a remanufactured one and even though I SPECIFICALLY said I wanted one with the M-Sport valve, they sent me a standard over-boosted one. Needless to say, it didn't fix the clonk which was in fact the outer joint on the lower control arm (febi, fitted 30k ago, essentially crap compared to oem - you are much better to buy genuine used from the breakers, which I did). Steering never felt right since then, plus it gave up on me after about 3 months. I received another one under their 1 year warranty which started to get sticky even faster - after about 1 month. In the end I got fed up with it and bought a nice and tight ORIGINAL one from the breakers and now the car steers like a dream.

    Moral of the story: stick with original parts!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lestat View Post
    Funny you should say that, I had a clonk too and blamed it on the rack. What a hasty decision! I bought a remanufactured one and even though I SPECIFICALLY said I wanted one with the M-Sport valve, they sent me a standard over-boosted one. Needless to say, it didn't fix the clonk which was in fact the outer joint on the lower control arm (febi, fitted 30k ago, essentially crap compared to oem - you are much better to buy genuine used from the breakers, which I did). Steering never felt right since then, plus it gave up on me after about 3 months. I received another one under their 1 year warranty which started to get sticky even faster - after about 1 month. In the end I got fed up with it and bought a nice and tight ORIGINAL one from the breakers and now the car steers like a dream.

    Moral of the story: stick with original parts!

    See, i bought Eurocarparts lower arms and Mark328 also warned me about cheapy lower arms too, but the MOT man could find no movement in them at all.
    OEM lower arms are Uber expensive, might get lemforder ones. I'm going to change the top mounts too, and then if it dont change, burn it..
     
     

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    did he check them properly? I couldn't detect movement either with the car up in the air. Apparently you can use a waterpump pliers to clamp the joint on its vertical axis and see if it has play. I hope you track it down, i know how painful it is :(

    lemforder is oem, so if you can get those they're just as good as BMW ones.
     
     

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    Might have to get them done again then. Shit job rating of 12/10. hated it.
     
     

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