Steering Rack Compatability

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Steering Rack Compatability

Post by sfh3l » Fri 05 Feb, 2016 17:43

Hi Guys,

I can't help thinking that I should know this already, but can someone tell me if an E30 M3 steering rack is a straight replacement for the Z1 (obviously higher geared), as in will it fit to the front subframe without any cutting, welding and general mashing about?

Just an idea I have in mind :D

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Re: Steering Rack Compatability

Post by c_w » Fri 05 Feb, 2016 19:35

Not sure why you'd want one of those, but isn't the Z1 more E36 tech? They all fit each other though E30/E36/E46, the latter have much nicer ratios to quicken the steering up.

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Re: Steering Rack Compatability

Post by Pat Slade » Sat 06 Feb, 2016 07:04

Hi Sam,

The answer is yes. But E36 item would probably do the trick for less cash and more readily available.
As your other respondent says I think the E46 rack will also fit. My understanding is the only other parts that might need changing are the rack feed pipes.


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Re: Steering Rack Compatability

Post by senna » Sat 06 Feb, 2016 14:08

Yes it is a direct swap

No modifications needed.
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