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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-07-2017, 06:34 PM
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steering rack mod

I'm ready for new steering rack for my e30 318is . i have been warned and told to stay away from e36 rack and e46 rack and to stay with e30 rack. Any of you guys move to newer rack?..cheers
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:32 PM
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car_gal_jenni put in a rack for a Z3M to her e30. Said it bolted right up and is an awesome update.
Perhaps she will chime in with more details for you.
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:18 PM
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Nothing wrong with using an E36 rack in an E30. I don't know what you were warned about, but it's wrong.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:55 AM
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Avoid the 1995 E36 rack. The others are fine.
You'll need to adjust the bends in the power steering hoses at the rack for fitment.
You'll need a pair of spacers above the replacement rack mounting to the subframe.
If your chassis has airbags, you'll need to clearance the firewall at about 7 o' clock for the changed angle thru the firewall.
I use E36 racks on both of my E30 chassis.
An E30 M3 rack is also a goot improvement, and requires no alterations.

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Old 01-11-2017, 06:53 AM
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Avoid the 1995 E36 rack
Why ?
I find that the quicker turning rack will keep you on your toes whilst cruising at high speeds
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:03 AM
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Why ?
I find that the quicker turning rack will keep you on your toes whilst cruising at high speeds
It is not as marked an improvement in initial response as other E36 racks.(lower sneeze factor) Nowt wrong with it really.

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