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M Logo 99 M3/E36 Front Suspension overhaul

I am currently preparing to overhaul the front suspension on my 99 M3 conv. I have read thru the "project 59" text in 101 and have a couple of questions.

1. As I am doing this at home and do not plan to use the special lubricant recommended by BMW for the rubber control arm bushings is there an alternate lubricant out there to ease these on? (solved the problem on my E30 is by getting aftermarket offset bushings)

2. In 101 the entire steering rack is removed to replace tie rods....is the necessary or can they be replaced without removing the rack?

3. The ball joint to the front axle support nut is buried (had the engine out on the e30 when I replaced the arms) so is there a preferred route to get to these nuts?

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You dont need special lube for the CAB's, just water with a few drops of soap. Clean the arm before installing the CAB.

I believe the tie rod ends can be removed without removing the rack.

I dont know about the E30 axle support nut.
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The tie rod ends can definitely be removed/replaced without taking out the rack.
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I was planning on replacing the entire tie rod not just the ends so can they still be done with the rack in the car?

Also does anyone have a cunning solution to getting at the inner nut on the control arm?
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Lower control arm inner ball joint nut: Just did it on my E36 328. Did it from below using a box end wrench, handle of wrench pointing forward. You can only get a small bit of rotation because wrench handle interferes with anti-sway bar and the steering rack. Also had to flip the wrench each time. If you find that impossible take off anti-sway bar to give more clearance.
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You should be able to replace the entire tie rod without removing the rack still.
On my E30, I believe I used a 22mm box end wrench, which I had to cut because it was too long. You should be able to figure out the proper length for you by sizing it up.
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I used a $10 one I had picked up at a bicycle shop - worked great. I originally got it to take the fan off.
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