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  1. 1996 M3 3.0 Steering- pretty awful in every aspect- ways to improve? 
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    Hi guys,

    Been using the M3 track car over the last few days, day in day out for reasons I won't bore you with but something I think that lets the car down hugely is the number of turns lock to lock. Even going round a fairly minor bend the amount of steering wheel turn required is just silly.

    I've read up on the 1.9 Z3 as that is meant to have a reduced lock to lock but has anybody done this or used an alternative rack?? I don't mind spending the £400 on a Z3 rack but if its not going to improve it a huge amount then it'd be money wasted.

    So guys I need recommendation or alternatives to the current set up which lets be fair is pretty rubbish for an M car.
     
     

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    That's the main problem, even worse on yours as the 3.0 which has the crap variable rack with no feel. I hated the steering on mine as well. I searched around and there was no effing way I was paying for an overpriced z3 rack. I ended up using a late e46 rack which was over half a turn less and made a massive difference. I'm not a fan usually but fitted a pair of powerflex wishbone bushes which has given the steering a much better feel. Paid £70 for the rack and £30 for the bushes and I'm well happy with the steering now.
    Just waiting for the anti roll bars to arrive then mines finished with as it now feels like an m car should IMO......
     
     

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    Thanks a lot for that Steve. It really does let what is otherwise a very fun car to drive down. Do you happen to have a part number by any chance? and was it the lolly pop bushes you changed? As its for track I'm thinking about polly bushing the whole car to make it sharper.
     
     

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    It was the lollipop bushes, most of the car has been polly bushed now. Didn't like them on previous cars but seem to work well on this one. I'll dig out the part number for the rack tomorrow. That half to 3/4 a turn less makes hell of a difference on the road. It's taken me ages of messing around and changing parts to get the steering where I'm happy with it....
     
     

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    Thanks again Steve, I'd really appreciate the part number so I can get this ordered
     
     

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    Allegedly the e46 compact msport rack as almost as good as the z3 and fraction the cost plus it wold be a damn sight newer. There's a good page no the web somewhere bout all the BMW racks rev per mm. Apparently rev/mm is the best way to judge how quick a rack is as people say "from lock to lock" which is a bit odd coz all of the cars will have different lengths of sterling travel. I have bin looking into this quite a bit if I can find a link I'll stick it up. Sox I y'all ready knew this tho!
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    Part number of the rack I fitted was 32136755068. Its a late E46 rack which was post sept 2001 cars.
    Here is the x-ref to the cars they are fitted to which includes the compact RealOEM.com * Part Cross-reference. Its hell of a lot quicker than the Evo rack I had, so will be even quicker than the 3.0 which has the slowest gearing of all the E36 racks.....
     
     

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    Thats excellent thanks very much Steve- did it come complete with track rod ends or did you just use your Evo items?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gringog60 View Post
    Thats excellent thanks very much Steve- did it come complete with track rod ends or did you just use your Evo items?
    It came bare from a breakers but I had previously replaced the inner and outer tie rods so re-used those....
     
     

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    Did you go through with this, James? If so, how happy are you with it?
    There are only two products required to make the universe work properly: Duct tape and WD40. 


    If it moves (and it shouldn't): duct tape. 
If it doesn’t move (and it should): WD40.

    Everything else is just stuff.
     
     

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