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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, Jun-08-2017, 08:56:21 PM   #31
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

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^^This wheel is a POS. Too damn big.


It looks great in pictures. Too bad it isn't about 40mm smaller lol.


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That's a quick fix, not bad for those of us who run without an airbag.

I was thinking of making a "racing" wheel type adapter, but for stock wheels. It would consist of 3 parts; a column side hub, a replaceable tube, and a wheel side hub. The column mating side would have all the mounting for the OEM slipring. The tube would allow you to set the length (by means of ordering the size(s) you want) and carry the extension wires up to the wheel.

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Can probably get one of my engineers to sketch it up for you (if you got a rough idea of how you want it to look). Got a 3D printer on-site also (validate fitment, etc)

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yes, but it looks good
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

The 1996+ 3spoke M airbag wheel is 375mm.
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Can probably get one of my engineers to sketch it up for you (if you got a rough idea of how you want it to look). Got a 3D printer on-site also (validate fitment, etc)
I'm not much of an artist, but I'll see what I can do!
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Default Re: Are there any steering shaft extensions (cabin side) to get the wheel towards dri

Regarding the topic, what about (trying) to get a manual tilt+telescoping steering column from say an E38/E39.

Will probably require welding and stuff, but it will allow for all OEM controls, steering wheels and working airbags.

Years ago I wanted an electically adjustable column and bought a telescoping+tilting one from an E32. But it was all but plug and play and I ditched the idea.
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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.
Any chance that you took pictures of those modifications, or could potentially take a few that show what you did? One of my big issues with my current seats is the electric not going as low as the manual. When I had a 95 with manuals I didn't have a problem finding a good position. I had one of the tilt adjustable ones, but still wanted the wheel closer.

I like Braymond's suggestion, which I couldn't find with a 2 minute google search, so it obviously doesn't exist.

The other way I can think of is to use a donor steering wheel and cut the metal part out of the back, then weld it to the good wheel with spacer/gussets that provide whatever offset that you think will work for you. Then you could source longer bolts, where necessary, to bolt everything back together as if it was a normal wheel.

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Sorry, I've long since switched to a fixed bracket and aftermarket seat. PLENTY low now.
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I did not read all the pages but I had a 93 325is with a tilt steering wheel, guess they are not common and wished I had pulled it when I stripped the car but I was moving so I only took things I needed and could pull rapidly.
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^^
USA's not so bright DOT deemed it unsafe (say what!?) and the option was dropped on later production.

While over here in Euroland it was standard equipment.
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