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Old 10-23-2008, 04:34 PM
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Odd question, but maybe someone can help identify a part.

I'm hoping someone can help me identify the manufacturer and/or vehicle that a box of inner tie-rods I purchased at an auction belong too. I bought a box of 50 brand new inner tie rods for $.99 hoping that I could maybe put them on ebay and make a little profit. The only identifying marks are a manufacturers stamp and the (I assume) part number W312. The manufacturers stamp is a triangle with a "0" in the center of it, this stamp immediately preceeds the part number. The part is about 12" long total, like almost all tie rods, and the shaft is about a half inch thick. I know this sounds like a really strange question, but I have met a lot of very knowledgable people here and was hoping someone that does a lot of suspension work may be able to identify the manufacturer, which would make it a lot easier to figure out what vehicle the part is designed for. Thanks, Brian

I can attatch a picture if it would be helpful, just let me know.

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:13 PM
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I measured the threaded portion on the end, its metric, 14 x 1.5.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:46 PM
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here are a couple scans I made, I can get better ones if it would help
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Unless you know they were made by a reliable manufacturer, Moog, TRW, etc. I would take my 99 cent loss and move on. I wouldn't sleep real well if I sold a cheap tie rod end to someone and they or their family were killed when it broke and the car went off the road. There has to be a reason you could buy 50 of them for 99 cents.
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:56 PM
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The company that I purchased them from is an online insurance liquidation company. I've bought a lot of aftermarket car parts from them such as Brembo and Zimmerman slotted and dimpled brake rotors, EBC brake pads, and Bilstein shocks that were all new in the box. I'm not concerned that they are defective. I have a little more ethic than to make a few bucks by possibly putting someones life in danger by selling defective tie rods.

I believe these are either Mercedes or BMW parts from searching google but I am still not sure.

Thanks for the advice.
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This is exactly what i HATE about E-bay.....People like this guy that buys a bunch of junk, Chinese or forgien parts that even he does not know what they fit or from whom they came. Then turn around and sell them to some poor sucker. E-bay is already full of seconds, mis-manufactured , less then perfect, automotive parts, throw these things in the re-cycle barrel and get on with your life.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:17 PM
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OMG, this is rediculous. If you would like to check out my 100% positive feedback on ebay my username is Blondegirl414. That being said, you don't know anything about the company I purchased them from. They sell huge lots of surplus / insurance liquidation items. Such as the 250 pairs of OEM Dodge Ram Tail lights I bought from them last month for $6.

I don't need a personal attack, I just wanted a question answered.

Turns out they are Mercedes OEM parts. They even have the same protective thread covers that are on them when you buy them at the parts counter.
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I thought the Hotrodders Bulletin Board was to help others. Help them in building cars! Not To make a FAST BUCK !!!!! TF
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Folks,

While this particular question might appear to be an ebay related buy/sell question, please note that DaSouthWon is NOT a johhny come lately to this site just looking for advice on their ebay parts. This member has well over 300 posts and my quick examination of them indicates they are all legitimate and helpful contributions to the site in a number of forums and topics.

Lots of us ask about miscellaneous parts we can not identify. I think this member deserves the benefit of the doubt regarding their intentions without any personal attacks. If it becomes a perpetual habit, that is a different story.

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I thought the Hotrodders Bulletin Board was to help others. Help them in building cars! Not To make a FAST BUCK !!!!! TF
For many, many hotrodders, buying and selling parts for a profit is a big part of the hobby. Without that extra cash, many people would not be able to build a car.

As long as a guy does not link to his sale, or try to sell on the forums, it is totally acceptable to ask help in identifying a part.

I have done it myself, in fact one of my first posts here was doing exactly that.

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This is exactly what i HATE about E-bay.....People like this guy that buys a bunch of junk, Chinese or forgien parts that even he does not know what they fit or from whom they came. Then turn around and sell them to some poor sucker. E-bay is already full of seconds, mis-manufactured , less then perfect, automotive parts, throw these things in the re-cycle barrel and get on with your life.

Assumptions and stereotypes of what gets sold on ebay is not an accurate way to identify or rate anyones part, just because there are some who are there to try to unload crap, does not make every ebay seller a scammer. The fact that Dasouthwon is trying to identify them before selling them is a statement in itself.




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Old 10-28-2008, 01:30 AM
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Thank you cboy and powerrodsmike,
Both of your statements are correct, and although I really don't take the statements of a poster personally, I will say this.

I love cars, working on them, driving them, modifying them and helping friends with theirs, including the many that I have made and met through this site. Face it, capitalisim is the American way. While their are many shady, fly-by-night people that could care less about what kind of garbage they sell, I am not one of them. Owning and maintaining vehicles is not a cheap hobby. I priced the tie-rods I purchased by calling Mercedes, $114.63 a piece. If I take the exact same tie-rods and put them on ebay for $30 a piece, I save the guy who's car is wandering all over the road roughly $85 if he only buys one. If I sell the 50 that I bought I make $1500. You know what I can buy with the $1500 I made? The aluminum AFR heads that I've wanted for my SBC for about 3 years. I would never sell someone a part that I wouldn't use myself. Additionally, my feedback on eBay is 100% positive. Unfortunatly, a few bad apples have spoiled a lot of the bunch on eBay, and I understand your statement about your frustrations with getting burned buying things on the internet. It's happened to me, and it made me mad. But I do feel your statement is an overgeneralizaton. There are still a lot of decent, ethical people in this world. Not everyone with something to sell is looking to rip you off. No one is holding a gun to anyones head making them purchase freakin tie rods from me. If you don't like it, buy it somewhere else.

If any of you guys ranting and raving about eBay ever need help with anything or have a question you don't want to ask in a public forum, don't hesitate to send me a PM. I'll do my best to help you, for free.
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This is exactly what i HATE about E-bay.....People like this guy that buys a bunch of junk, Chinese or forgien parts that even he does not know what they fit or from whom they came. Then turn around and sell them to some poor sucker. E-bay is already full of seconds, mis-manufactured , less then perfect, automotive parts, throw these things in the re-cycle barrel and get on with your life.
exactly right e-bay is total CRAP, fraud at it's best, I rather deal with a crook on the street then an e-bay salesman, at least you can get you hands around the guys throat if they screw you , the net is the perfect hiding place for these guys..


e-bay what a deal, demorats trustworthy, that sounds about right
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Gee Pepi, I know a bunch of people who say that guys who post on web forums like this are liars, posers, trolls and idiots....I get told all the time to stay away from the internet...

If it's on the internet, it's all bad, huh?.


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