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Old 08-27-2007, 04:27 AM   #181
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I just picked up an e36 non-M rack from a pick-and-pull ($32.50 after tax, core and entrance, and it was just sitting on the ground w/ the front subframe!). I just want to clear a couple questions.

1) E30 inner and outer tie-rod ends bolt onto the e36 rack

2) No modification is necessary to the knuckle if I slide it up higher.

3) I can stack washers for spacers for the rack (I can modify the actual height of the rack this way too).

4) There is more than one way to put the knuckle onto the rack, so I have to make sure everything is lined up straight first.

I think that's all of my questions. Thanks for all the info!!
E30 inner and outer tie rods DO bolt to the e36 rack.

I don't know about the knuckle, mine certainly required modifying.

You can stack washers, but the fewer the better. One thick spacer would be nice.

With the rack disconnected, you could spin the wheel and knuckle linkage freely, it will just keep spinning. You'll never connect it with the wheel in the center, especially once you do an alignment - the wheel will definitely be turned to one side. Just unbolt the wheel after all of this is done and bolt it in straight. It's on a fine splined shaft just like the rest of the linkage.
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:09 AM   #182
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Just put my 95 M3 rack in. Put 3 head washers on each side. No need to modify the linkage, slid the steering column knuckle up, gave me plenty of clearance, easy as pie (of course, I have no engine... lol)

A few mill clearance on both ends of the linkage:





3 head washer spacers, and installed view:



When you fit the linkage like this what do you do about the bottom pinch bolt no longer lining up with the groove in the splined shaft? Do you have to fit a smaller bolt?
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:41 PM   #183
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^^ that's what i did... although the slit was real close so i'm sure its possible to make it all align properly.
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:33 PM   #184
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^^ that's what i did... although the slit was real close so i'm sure its possible to make it all align properly.
Thanks. I guess if it's close then it might be possible to use a dremel and grind the splines back where the bolt goes through to make a groove for the bolt to sit in.
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Old 10-14-2007, 05:54 PM   #185
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don't. get a smaller bolt at home depot for $2 with a nut. add washers if you must and put it out. no biggie...even with no bolt there, its not gonna go anywhere just so you know...personal experience... not gonna mention what i did in fear of massive flaming.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:59 PM   #186
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Just for clarification, the only mod that needs to be done to run an e36 rack on a airbag car is cutting the firewall, correct?
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #187
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robert when can I drive up and you can help me install a bunch a crap hehe
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:10 PM   #188
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robert when can I drive up and you can help me install a bunch a crap hehe
Gimme a 2 week notice.. it will cost you some tacos.
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:17 PM   #189
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Gimme a 2 week notice.. it will cost you some tacos and BEERS.

FIXED !! LOL
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:28 PM   #190
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Gimme a 2 week notice.. it will cost you some tacos.
100% done deal! You like taco bell and that pee you were drinking at the rally?

I am ummmm stock piling parts...

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I think I have some other stuff too...
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:05 PM   #191
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100% done deal! You like taco bell and that pee you were drinking at the rally?

I am ummmm stock piling parts...

Axles
Front Assemblies with Sport Package Shocks
Front Brakes - Pads/Rotors
Rear Shocks
Rear Springs
Diff Bushing
Sway Bar linkage rebuild

I think I have some other stuff too...

Hell let me know when this will happen and I will run over and help out wrench on it too... I know about doing the suspension and could use the knowledge of some of the other things you want to do. I will even buy my own tacos and beers ..... LOL
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:30 PM   #192
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Ditto what Wes said(although I don't need knowledge but could lend a hand), heck if you didn't want to travel so far you can do all the work at my place.
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Haha sweet

well I will PM you guys when the time comes

I hope to knock some of it out and never messed with the e30 Only the M3 and love having inside tips!
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:57 PM   #194
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I finished installing my rack today. For some reason my srs light is now blinking though. I have no idea what caused. I did unbolt the knee bolster to put the piece of the steering column that goes from the rack to the big bolt under the dash because it fell out during the installation. I might have accidentally tripped something I guess.
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #195
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Are you sure you didn't diconnect something in the process and forget to reconnect it?
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