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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, Jan-04-2019, 03:27:52 PM   #21
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Nope. Not doing anything that increases the chance of steering failure. Last thing I want.

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Gonna need a citation on that, lol. Been running that one for three years, still have steering.
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Gonna need a citation on that, lol. Been running that one for three years, still have steering.
As Terra said in the other thread:

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Yeah you're right. But also notice the RHD piece has a u joint after the coupler while the LHD piece does not. In the case of the LHD cars, I think a solid disk would put extra stress on the pinion.
Or, looking at what BMW did, which is often a good guide-- in every single car with a steering rack, they have a joint at the top and bottom of the shaft. Sometimes that joint is rubber (e46 m3), sometimes it's metal (Z8, i8, z4M, e9X M3)-- but it always exists. I doubt they're doing it if it's optional.

I wouldn't expect immediate failure, so your 3 years of not many miles/year isn't surprising.
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So there isn't one instance of failure, just that there's a possibility, got it. I'll report back in another 3 years.
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So there isn't one instance of failure, just that there's a possibility, got it. I'll report back in another 3 years.
Assuming you survive failure
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This thread is full of dumb. How do you people survive like this?
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If that doesn't fit, will likely try the Z8's (32311096444):

Why did you abandon your first idea about e28/e34/e23/e32 coupler?
Looks like it works for e36: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...33&postcount=2
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Why did you abandon your first idea about e28/e34/e23/e32 coupler?
Looks like it works for e36: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showp...33&postcount=2
E46 steering shaft has a different fitting (close to the shape of what you see in that Z8 coupler above, though it’s unclear if they’re the same size)

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So there isn't one instance of failure, just that there's a possibility, got it. I'll report back in another 3 years.
If you go searching older posts there are reported instances of failure on the e36, which have a similar setup to our cars.
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I did mine a couple of years ago and do not remember exactly, but isn't it how it looks?


I remember number 1, but what is number 3 there at realOEM

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I did mine a couple of years ago and do not remember exactly, but isn't it how it looks?


I remember number 1, but what is number 3 there at realOEM
3 and 4 are the rhd pieces
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