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    e36 rack swap on early e30

    I was about to start the rack swap on my '83 323i, going over the DIY and checking my parts, and noticed that this is what my steering linkage looks like:



    notably, there's no collapsible link to cut to shorten the linkage. Will I need to get one that has such a link? Is it possible to arrange the rack spacers in such a way that you don't actually need to shorten the linkage? The previous owner of the rack (hi wh33lhop) says he didn't need to shorten his linkage to install it.
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    #2
    from what I know, the collapsible link is only on the airbag e30's. the link that's on my 87 e30 doesn't look like that. I did have to install the spacers though.
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      #3
      Thread resurrection... So kronus what'd you do? Stayed the same or swapped out with a shortened linkage? Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
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        #4
        I don't think there's any difference dimensionally between this and the late model setup with the collapsing joint.
        You can still replace the steering guibo with ~1/8" thick steel/aluminum plate, and shorten/narrow the metal pilot piece between the two.
        Just know that it will increase the amount of steering feel you get through the wheel, along with any vibrations and NVH that come with it.

        Also hog out the ujoints for more angle to prevent it from binding.
        Originally posted by priapism
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        Originally posted by shameson
        Usually it's best not to know how much money you have into your e30

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          #5
          I did the swap last weekend. went in fine without modifying but had to slide the rack forward into the front subframe holes.
          No grinding was necessary, smooth operation and no binding on the linkage.

          If I had shortened it i'm sure it would've fit into the aft subframe holes but would most likely have induced some binding.
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            #6
            Ive done 3 e36 rack swaps...all on early cars. Each had a collapsible joint that I removed and replaced w an adaptor kit then ground the shoulders off the u joints. My understanding is that the airbag joint does not need to be touched but that the firewall has to be opened.
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