e30 steering rack swap kit (non-airbag version) - z3, e36, e46

e30 steering rack swap kit (non-airbag version) - z3, e36, e46

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BMW E30 3-series to E36/E46 Steering Rack Conversion Kit

Lose that school bus steering feel in your e30. This kit includes everything needed to allows you to install a later model e36 or e46 steering rack into an e30 3-series 1984-1990.  This includes the spacers and hardware to shorten the lower steering shaft and also spacers to mount the e36 or e46 steering rack on your e30 subframe. 

If your BMW E30 has an airbag, all you will need is the spacers to mount the steering rack. Those can be found here. 

There are two main advantages to upgrade your steering rack to an e36 or e46 rack in your e30:

  • Quicker Steering Ratio - All E36/E46 3-series steering racks have a quicker lock-to-lock steering ratio then the e30 which results in a much more crisp and precise steering feel. No more "school bus" feeling steering. A massive upgrade.
  • Availability - Good condition e30 steering racks are becoming harder to come by in good used condition and later model steering units are much more readily available and priced nearly the same if not cheaper in many cases.  Even if you are not interested in the performance upgrade this may end up as a more practical replacement for an aged/leaking steering rack. 
WILL NOT WORK WITH EURO MODEL STRAIGHT STEERING COUPLER SHAFTS. MUST BE USED WITH THE STYLE SHOWN IN THE BELOW PHOTO (MOST E30). IF YOU HAVE A EARLY MODEL YOU MUST CONVERT TO THIS STYLE OR USE OUR COMPETITION STEERING SHAFT ASSEMBLY. SOME STEERING SHAFTS WILL REQUIRE MINOR DRILLING WITH 9/16 BIT TO FIT OUR SHOULDERED SPACER.

INSTALL WILL REQUIRE RELIEVING THE OEM STEERING JOINTS TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO BINDING UNDER ROTATION. 



What makes our kit better? 

The Garagistic steering rack swap kit features a shouldered spacer for the steering knuckle. What this means is that the spacer locates within the factory cast parts ensuring that the bolt has no side to side play resulting in the ultimate in steering response. This feature makes our product unique and superior to many of our competitors which do not have this shoulder and opens the opportunity for the bolts move within the steering assembly. Upgrade your slow E30 steering rack with the Garagistic steering rack swap kit and take on the twisties with confidence!



Instructions can be found here

(photo credit =Eric Berger)



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  • Brand: Garagistic
  • Product Code: non-airbag-s19.10.14-16.10.16
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $25.50

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