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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, Oct-02-2014, 03:59:50 AM   #1
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Default Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards driver?

I haven't driven my E36 in over a year now. Finalizing an extensive rebuild process and was working on the interior today. Everyone complains the E36 lacks tilt... this is NOT the problem with the E36. Aside from the wheel not siting center, it needs to telescope! Sitting in it today reminds me just how bad the wheel position is.

Are there any shaft extensions out there? I run an E46 M3 steering wheel that already puts the wheel closer, but not enough. I know quick disconnects put it out further, but I don't believe they function with OEM wheels. A "racing" wheel is not an option. Airbag is deleted, and horns are deleted. I just want an extension, quick release isn't necessary.

Anything?
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Also interested if this is possible.
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

I can't find anything. It looks like most any quick release hub (momo, vac, rouge) would work if you machined a flange that adapted the race wheel bolt pattern to a center OEM shaft and thread setup.
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Old Thu, Oct-02-2014, 11:11:12 AM   #4
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

I've searched a number of times also, with no luck. At some point, machining a spacer from stock might be the answer. Although would probably require a sacrificial upper steering shaft to get a splined center mounting bolt. I'd love to have the wheel 2", maybe 3" closer.

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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

bmw steering column's are mostly the same spline counts on newer cars, i think there is teloscoping parts on e38's and older cars have them too. one might be able to cobble together something, but i see this being complex because of the ignition setup our cars have. but if ews and whatnot was deleted, i wonder if you could pull this off with oem parts. also i remember from doing crap on my e21 that there are standards in the sizing of splined objects, and there where some off the shelf parts that had the same size and spline count one could purchase, i think i was able to locate custom jeep parts for my attempt at adding e21 rack and pinion to a e28, i never completed this though, bump steer and column angle was to much. but the lower columns of these two cars are the same spline as a e36, i have e28 parts in my lower column.

i was thinking of just removing the shear bolts at the bottom of the column and adding a spacer to shift the entire column foreword, but this makes me wonder on accident safety on how the column is meant to collapse in an accident. but maybe this is the way to go.
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Great idea (shifting whole column). You'd certainly change the safety design, but I'd consider this approach if possible.
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Great idea (shifting whole column). You'd certainly change the safety design, but I'd consider this approach if possible.



from m3 onlys comulm bearing replacment thread: http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=449097


looks to me that one could make a new bracket for the shear bolt connection and place the column where ever you want, the lower column might not reach anymore, but this isnt a big deal the right combination or bmw lower column parts from just about any bmw can make up the difference.

i dunno what kind of issues this might create though with other things, like airbag deployment and whatnot
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Sounds like a lot of work. Good luck putting something together.

I've heard so many complain about the wheel's position, but it feels perfect to me.
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Move your seat forward?
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

I thought there was some sort of rare E36 flexible steering option, though maybe it was just up and down rather than in and out.
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