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      01-02-2019, 05:56 PM   #23
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Greetings RDMZ4M,
What's the latest??
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Update for those that are interested:
I'm taking my M into the shop this coming Monday for them to pull the rack and pinion out of the car, ship it down to Rack Doctors to rebuild(34-48 hours upon receipt) and then they are shipping back up to my shop to install. Cost for rebuild is $499, cost to install by shop is $450. Rack Doctor has a lifetime warranty on their work. So, it looks like I saved myself around $1900 figuring on the shipping costs being a few hundred back and forth. I'll let you all know once it's been installed and the quality of the rebuild. But definitely a much better option than the $2900 to order and install from Germany on a new steering column.
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Update for those that are interested:
I'm taking my M into the shop this coming Monday for them to pull the rack and pinion out of the car, ship it down to Rack Doctors to rebuild(34-48 hours upon receipt) and then they are shipping back up to my shop to install. Cost for rebuild is $499, cost to install by shop is $450. Rack Doctor has a lifetime warranty on their work. So, it looks like I saved myself around $1900 figuring on the shipping costs being a few hundred back and forth. I'll let you all know once it's been installed and the quality of the rebuild. But definitely a much better option than the $2900 to order and install from Germany on a new steering column.
Great news RDMZ4M,
This is the best choice for sure; we're hopeful the rebuild and reinstall is entirely successful.
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Great news RDMZ4M,
This is the best choice for sure; we're hopeful the rebuild and reinstall is entirely successful.
Is the rack out and on the way for rebuild??
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Is the rack out and on the way for rebuild??
Are you back behind the wheel??
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      02-20-2019, 12:57 PM   #29
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Had to delay until this coming Monday on the Z4, the wife cracked a rim on her BMW which then turned into suspension issues that required a $3300 cure... Gotta love BMW's LOL.
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Had to delay until this coming Monday on the Z4, the wife cracked a rim on her BMW which then turned into suspension issues that required a $3300 cure... Gotta love BMW's LOL.
So sorry to hear about the suspension damae to your wife's BMW; hopeful your Z4M is in the shop next week.
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So sorry to hear about the suspension damae to your wife's BMW; hopeful your Z4M is in the shop next week.
Did the Z4M make it to the shop??
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Did the Z4M make it to the shop??
She did! It was shipped down to Rack Doctor on Monday, they received on Wednesday. They completed the rebuild yesterday and have shipped it back up to my shop. So, should have her back on late Monday. Will update you guys once I get her back on Monday, but so far I've been very pleased with Rack Doctor.
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Did the Z4M make it to the shop??
She did! It was shipped down to Rack Doctor on Monday, they received on Wednesday. They completed the rebuild yesterday and have shipped it back up to my shop. So, should have her back on late Monday. Will update you guys once I get her back on Monday, but so far I've been very pleased with Rack Doctor.
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Great news!

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She did! It was shipped down to Rack Doctor on Monday, they received on Wednesday. They completed the rebuild yesterday and have shipped it back up to my shop. So, should have her back on late Monday. Will update you guys once I get her back on Monday, but so far I've been very pleased with Rack Doctor.
You're SO close....
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You're SO close....
Just picked her up from the shop this morning and my shop even said that Rack Doctors did an excellent job on the rebuild of the rack and pinion. Rack Doctors performed as advertised and had the r&p back to my shop yesterday after 48 hour rebuild at their shop in SC and shipped right back up. Couldn't be happier!!! Bring on Spring!
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Just picked her up from the shop this morning and my shop even said that Rack Doctors did an excellent job on the rebuild of the rack and pinion. Rack Doctors performed as advertised and had the r&p back to my shop yesterday after 48 hour rebuild at their shop in SC and shipped right back up. Couldn't be happier!!! Bring on Spring!
That's awesome! How does the car feel?
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So glad this all worked out, since it was me who stumbled onto this Rack Doctor cat in the first place. I would have felt awful if he would have turned into a bad experience. But in the end, the good Doctor comes through! Now we all know where to turn if we have rack needs in the future. Awesome.
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Just picked her up from the shop this morning and my shop even said that Rack Doctors did an excellent job on the rebuild of the rack and pinion. Rack Doctors performed as advertised and had the r&p back to my shop yesterday after 48 hour rebuild at their shop in SC and shipped right back up. Couldn't be happier!!! Bring on Spring!
YAY!
Such great news; love it when the service provider delivers as anticipated....you're correct -

BRING ON SPRING!
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So glad this all worked out, since it was me who stumbled onto this Rack Doctor cat in the first place. I would have felt awful if he would have turned into a bad experience. But in the end, the good Doctor comes through! Now we all know where to turn if we have rack needs in the future. Awesome.
KevinC, Sir, thank you for finding the Rack Doctor! My '06, 367,000-mile E90 325i just this week lost the right-side piston seal. This morning I've been looking into the rack replacement cost. And decided to check in on the Z4 Forum... Basically, $700 from FCPEuro or $800 from BMW for ZF-rebuilds, or $189.99 from the Rack Doctor.

Guess who I'm calling on Monday. I may just pull my rack first and send it to them for a rebuild.

Thanks again. You da' Man.
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That's awesome! How does the car feel?
Steering is much tighter than it was, actually having to get used to her all over again. Not a bad problem to have LOL
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So glad this all worked out, since it was me who stumbled onto this Rack Doctor cat in the first place. I would have felt awful if he would have turned into a bad experience. But in the end, the good Doctor comes through! Now we all know where to turn if we have rack needs in the future. Awesome.
Yes indeed, Kevin! And thank you! Saved me a ton of money and good as new
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Steering is much tighter than it was, actually having to get used to her all over again. Not a bad problem to have LOL
sweet! Did you ever hear/feel any clunking while turning the wheel? if so, is that gone now?
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"The Rack Doctor" - sounds like some Orange County breast augmentation surgeon operating out of a strip mall in Garden Grove. But no, he's actually our hero.
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"The Rack Doctor" - sounds like some Orange County breast augmentation surgeon operating out of a strip mall in Garden Grove. But no, he's actually our hero.
LAUGHED OUT LOUD
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