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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, 10:38:27 PM   #11
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

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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.
When you drive one for extended periods of time you grow used to it, so yes in a way. When you drive better M3s (E46) or M5s and don't touch the E36 for a long time you immediately notice the issue. Next August will be 10 years with my 96 M3. It's a great car, but we shouldn't pretend it is without faults.

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Move your seat forward?
I already sit in a proper upright seated position with Recaro Pole Positions. I'm 6'1. I'm already close enough with my leg still bent on full clutch in. No.

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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.
This is tilt only on 94 production years and earlier. Tilt does nothing for me.
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

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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
I think I may mess with making that work... but you still have to have enough protruding out into the engine bay. An E46 telescoping lower shaft should fit, but will require changing the flex disc type to E46.

2-3 inches would be great. I almost feel like 5" is what I really want though.
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3" would make a huge difference, in a very good way.
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Move your seat forward?
I *wish* I could move it back and down another inch.
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Just like them NASCAR guys, all up on the wheel like...lol

Think the E36 is bad? Try driving a Ferrari 308 or 328...lol You need 3 inch legs, and 3 foot arms... Them crazy Italians...
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I *wish* I could move it back and down another inch.
Could you, with modified or custom brackets?
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They're the electric adj seats. I've cut a spacer on the rear rail down to where the elec motor is against the floor. So, w/o significant changes, I'm as low as can go. Yes, I could prob get another 1/2" back with additional mods, but at some point I should just buy aftermarket seat/rails.
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Anyone have more info on this subject? I don't mind the stock setup on the street, but during aggressive driving/heel-toeing my knees are hitting the steering wheel. I'm 6'3" and would like to be able to extend my legs more without sitting too far from the wheel. Or maybe just a smaller diameter wheel would help? Are there modern BMW wheels with smaller diameters and compatible airbags? Probably not because I haven't seen anyone talk about using them, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
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Anyone have more info on this subject? I don't mind the stock setup on the street, but during aggressive driving/heel-toeing my knees are hitting the steering wheel. I'm 6'3" and would like to be able to extend my legs more without sitting too far from the wheel. Or maybe just a smaller diameter wheel would help? Are there modern BMW wheels with smaller diameters and compatible airbags? Probably not because I haven't seen anyone talk about using them, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
Do you already have the US M3 coupe 3 spoke in your sedan? If not, you might look into that. It's noticeably smaller diameter than the 4 spoke "bus wheel". I felt it helped slightly in just the way you mention (knee/leg clearance). Granted, I'm only 6', not 6'3" like you. But I have the same complaint...would love the steering wheel another inch or two further back.
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Anyone have more info on this subject? I don't mind the stock setup on the street, but during aggressive driving/heel-toeing my knees are hitting the steering wheel. I'm 6'3" and would like to be able to extend my legs more without sitting too far from the wheel. Or maybe just a smaller diameter wheel would help? Are there modern BMW wheels with smaller diameters and compatible airbags? Probably not because I haven't seen anyone talk about using them, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
There's a company, name starts with an "R", can't remeber, that at least as of a few years ago made custom OEM quality steering wheels WITH airbags for the E36. Don't know if they had any that moved the wheel back.

Also, lowering your seating position helps tremendously. The ideal solution is certainly to move the steering wheel. But other tweaks help.
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