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Old 04-25-2018, 10:15 AM   #1171
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Euro knuckles are plug and play with the rack swap. Just space out the subframe.
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?
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:46 AM   #1172
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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?
Try swapping the steering column? May be less of a headache than trying to get your current one to fit
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:35 PM   #1173
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Hey guys, I have a '91 318 (airbagged) and the rack just went out, so I'm of course looking at the e36 conversion. Any feedback on this on eBay? I'm weary of the quality, but wanted to see if anyone has had experience with these. I'm sorry if this has already been reviewed on r3v.

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Old 06-13-2018, 12:36 PM   #1174
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:39 PM   #1175
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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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Old 06-13-2018, 12:54 PM   #1176
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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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Old 06-14-2018, 07:50 AM   #1177
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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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