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  • agisthos
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    I plan to do the E36 rack conversion for a pre facelift RHD.

    Is there anything unusual about doing this for RHD that I would need to know?
    Apart from spacers, and bending the power steering pipes?

    Sikky make a custom steering shaft for this conversion (LHD, LHD airbag, and RHD versions available).
    https://www.sikky.com/product/bmw-e3...haft-assembly/

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  • Jokester
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    Originally posted by TeXJ View Post
    Which rack? yellow label?
    Purple

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  • TeXJ
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    Which rack? yellow label?

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  • Jokester
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    I have an unused rack doctor e46 rack for sale if anyone is interested. It’s brand new.

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  • the_eskimo_wonder
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    I have a Rack Doctor E46 yellow tag in my car and it's fantastic. Seriously, 10/10. Quality of the rebuild is top notch as well. Not a drip

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  • bellerto
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    Originally posted by pandaboo911 View Post
    Weird, on my e36 rack there’s an o-ring in there, it’s not a flare. Check if it’s stuck inside.

    I have a rack from rack doctor and it was leaking from one of those fittings as soon as I got it, so I’m not confident they are as good as people make them out to be.
    This does have an o-ring in there as well just not shown in the picture. So the fitting goes through the o-ring and the flare sits on top of the ring.

    I figure I would just cut the line sorter and re-flare it but then I was surprised with this. I believe this type of flare is called "GM fuel line" flare. It couldn't be something easy to deal with like double or bubble, of course.

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  • TeXJ
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    e46 yellow tag is where it's at.

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  • pandaboo911
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    How To Guide - E36 Steering Rack Swap

    Weird, on my e36 rack there’s an o-ring in there, it’s not a flare. Check if it’s stuck inside.

    I have a rack from rack doctor and it was leaking from one of those fittings as soon as I got it, so I’m not confident they are as good as people make them out to be.

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  • bellerto
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    Originally posted by Zambuzan View Post
    OEM or bust, mate. Return it and go buy an e46 "purple" rack off RackDoctor.
    GL
    Yup. Lesson learned the hard way. Looking for a genuine BMW rack now for sure. Im a bit skeptical on rackdoctor though. How can the prices be so low compared to other reputable sites?

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  • Zambuzan
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    Originally posted by bellerto View Post
    Has anyone else encountered this issue?
    OEM or bust, mate. Return it and go buy an e46 "purple" rack off RackDoctor.
    GL

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  • bellerto
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    Rack hard lines in the way

    So I go through all the steps, modified steering knuckle, and get all excited about mounting the new E36 rack into place. Only to find out it wont fit because the hard lines on the rack are hitting the sub frame :o

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    I figure I would cut the lines shorter so that they are closer to the rack and get enough clearance. But I see this weird flare that doesnt seem to be either bubble or double, so I can't just rent a tool to get it done.

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    This is very frustrating to say the least and Im unable to finish the job. This rack appears to be generic as it has no plates or part numbers. Got it from buyautoparts.com as "Power Steering - E36 Chassis [New Body Style] Power Steering Rack 1993 BMW 325i"

    Has anyone else encountered this issue?

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  • e304lyfe
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    Originally posted by redearedslider5 View Post
    For future reference, I ended up just buying the custom piece from Zionsville auto.
    Also for future reference.... As you found out, the manual steering rack linkage is entirely different. To remedy this you would need to purchase a standard early model power steering linkage and shorten it for an e36 rack install. I assume this is the part that zionsville sold you.

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  • LicensedToM
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    Originally posted by TeXJ View Post
    You could say that again...oh and the link no worky worky
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Complete-Po...sAAOSwOYFabnqZ

    How's this?

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  • redearedslider5
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    Originally posted by redearedslider5 View Post
    In the middle of the swap now and I left out an important detail before. My car was originally a 318i with factory manual steering. The new rack is mounted and the knuckle piece is way too long, unfortunately. Also, the factory pinion on the manual rack is much smaller diameter than the z3 pinion. All the articles on shortening the length of the knuckle seems to be based on the 'standard' e30 knuckle.

    I can't seem to find any info on the manual steering knuckle, has this been documented?
    For future reference, I ended up just buying the custom piece from Zionsville auto.

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  • TeXJ
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    You could say that again...oh and the link no worky worky

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