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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Fri, Feb-14-2020, 03:46:13 AM   #1
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Default blue tag steering racks, differences?

I've searched around for the last hour or so and haven't been able to find an answer. I know the ZCP/CSL steering rack is a "blue tag" rack, but I've also seen blue tag racks on other e46s such as a 2000 328i. Are they different?

I've found a few pictures of known CSL/ZCP racks with the number 7852974924 printed at the top, while the 2000 328i example was 7852974490 - the same except for the last 3 digits. So the CSL/ZCP ended with 924, while most of the early e46 "blue tags" I've found ends with 490, right?

Just making sure I'm searching for the right part.
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Default Re: blue tag steering racks, differences?

the tag color isnít really the only deciding factor on the rack. itís the ending part number that people refer to it as.
the early 323/328 had a 15.5:1 ratio rack.

the 330s somewhere around 9/01 got the 13.7:1 ratio.
the ZF ďyellow tagĒ .712 is a preferred 13.7 rack over the TRW ones.

my CSL/ZCP rack is blue but canít remember the tag numbers. iíve posted it in steering rack threads in the past.
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the tag color isnít really the only deciding factor on the rack. itís the ending part number that people refer to it as.
the early 323/328 had a 15.5:1 ratio rack.

the 330s somewhere around 9/01 got the 13.7:1 ratio.
the ZF ďyellow tagĒ .712 is a preferred 13.7 rack over the TRW ones.

my CSL/ZCP rack is blue but canít remember the tag numbers. iíve posted it in steering rack threads in the past.
That's what I figured. I just wanted to make sure. I think the last 3 digits is 924.
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