Click to go to Forum Home Click to go to maXbimmer Home

Go Back   maXbimmer Forums > maXimum Tech > 3 Series > E30 (1983 - 1991)
User Name

Welcome to!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-14-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
2nd Gear Member
ihearte30s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Stouffville
Posts: 73
e30 Steering Rack options

So i've gotta do some rust work on the e30 in the next week or so and im planning on reinforcing the front and rear subframes and while i'm at i fugured i'd upgrade my steering rack. I know that there's the e36, z3 and e46 swaps but i was wondering how these feel on the e30 compared to stock. I'm most interested in doing the z3 swap but i've heard it can be quite twitchy. Also if anyone knows the ratios lock to lock for these racks it would be helpful also.
ihearte30s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
6th Gear Member
cormier's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: St. George, ON
Posts: 1,670
Z3 rack is crazy expensive, IMO e46 racks or e36 racks will be better bang or buck -- e46 330 02+ are the best by consensus from doing some looking around.

cormier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-14-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
5th Gear Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mississauga
Posts: 967
I installed a Z3 rack on my car. I can't really compare it to any other racks aside from stock but I highly recommend it.

Z3 rack is 2.7 turns lock to lock.

I don't know if I would call it twitchy but it is very responsive. I also deleted my power steering so it probably feels a little different then a Z3 rack with power steering.

I think it cost me about $600 for the swap. That includes a new rack, new tie rods, E36 rack swap kit, and power steering delete.

You can read about it here...

Oh and read this...

Last edited by defaultName; 09-14-2012 at 02:37 PM.
defaultName is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 07:38 AM   #4
3rd Gear Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Waterloo
Posts: 505
I got a e36 rack for 30 bucks from the junkyard. A little degreaser and some new grease on the bearings and it works beautifully. Same feel as a stock rack, but the lower lock-lock turns is awesome.
frankie591 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
2nd Gear Member
ihearte30s's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Stouffville
Posts: 73
Yeah after doing a bit of reading I think I'll end up going with an e36 rack instead, as long as i can get the steering a bit quicker I'll be happy.
ihearte30s is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Maxbimmer Copyright 2001 - 2018