Our E46 RWD right front tie rod assembly is made by Lemfoerder (Lemforder), the original manufacturer to BMW. On any E46 non-M model, the tie rod assembly condition is absolutely critical for maintaining or restoring the original tight steering feel. It's also an essential safety item that should not be ignored. This particular tie rod is specifically for all non-M model rear wheel drive E46 3 series, which includes the 1999-2000 323i, 328i, 323Ci, and 323iT sedan and wagon, the 2001-2005 325i, 325iT and 330i sedan and wagon, as well as the 2001-2006 325Ci and 330Ci coupe and convertible models. This same tie rod was also used on all first generation non-M model BMW Z4 (2003-2008) such as Z4 2.5i and Z4 3.0i.
We suggest a close annual inspection* of the inner and outer tie rod joints to check for play or damage, especially on a track-driven vehicle. We recommend replacing the tie rods as a complete assembly only, as the inner and outer joints tend to have a similar service life.
Sold as a complete assembly with locking nut. Locking plates are available separately.
This tie rod is for the right side (passenger side on US left hand drive models). Be sure to by the corresponding side if you are replacing both sides. BMW / Lemforder part # 32106777504 (32 10 6 777 504).
Tech Tip - How to check your tie rods on a 1999-2006 model 3 series (E46):
BMW Fitments: 3 Series
Place the front of the vehicle on jack stands to remove load from the front wheels. Have someone hold each front tire at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock position and shake the tire back and forth while you feel the inner and outer joints for play. Any mount of play is too much and unsafe - replace immediately.
E46 (99-05) > 320i
E46 (99-05) > 323Ci
E46 (99-05) > 323i
E46 (99-05) > 325Ci
E46 (99-05) > 325i
E46 (99-05) > 328Ci
E46 (99-05) > 328i
E46 (99-05) > 330Ci
E46 (99-05) > 330iZ Series
E85 / E86 Z4 (03-08) > Z4 2.5i M54
E85 / E86 Z4 (03-08) > Z4 3.0i M54
E85 / E86 Z4 (03-08) > Z4 3.0i N52
E85 / E86 Z4 (03-08) > Z4 3.0si N52