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Old 09-28-2009, 01:58 PM
cn90 cn90 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1998 528i 5-sp 140K+
1. Suspension Overhaul is here. I wrote the DIY a few weeks ago.
PN for Tierods, Rubber Boots, Oetiker Clamps are included in the DIY!
At 136K, I'd recommend the Entire Front End Suspension:
I bought 90% of my parts from

2. Steering Rack: two (2) options:

a. Buy a Rebuilt Steering Rack, EACTuning lists a rebuilt rack for $900!!!
You can search around for a cheaper price.
Please post a follow-up if you find something cheaper (but good not junk!) somewhere.

b. Rebuild it. Finding the "Rebuild Kit" may be challenging.
Please post a follow-up if you find where to buy it.
Most online stores don't carry it.

Procedure for rebuild for E30 is here, E39 is very similar:

3. To remove Steering Rack:
- Read the link above.
- Car supported with Jackstands
- Tierods removed (see my DIY, Step #20 is Tierod removal):

- Oil Line Removal (Banjo Fitting), here is a pic from my car. Have a catch pan ready for fluid spill!

- Bolt holding Steering Rack:


- Disconnect U-joint from Steering Column where it joins the rack.

If you actually rebuild the Steering Rack yourself, please post a follow-up where to buy the "Rebuild Kit" and pics!

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