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    Tir Rods

    Hello All,
    The tie rod ends are due on my 2000 528iT. I noticed that the replacement part is the complete arm (inners and outers). When I asked the BMW parts guy why not just the ends, he mentioned that so many people were screwing up their alignment (and the resultant uneven tire wear) by just doing the ends that BMW made the decision to supply the whole arm (preset). Being lazy, I was hoping to (after measuring the current distance between steering boot and end) just replace the end. Do the inner rods generally wear out (they seem pretty robust)? I was planning on getting the car aligned afterwards in any case. Thanks for your help.

    '00 528iT
    '03 530i

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    Just buy outer tie rod at a good place like

    AutohausAz or RMeuropean and do the alignment. Alignment is a must after the tie rod replacement.

    1998 BMW 540i 6 speed
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    1997 BMW 528iA
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