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2020-02-06 - BMW Steering column

"Steering columns can be changed for zero points" 

This info applies to any E36, E46, or really any car that uses a rubber steering guibo.

The lower section of the E36 steering column uses a universal joint with a rubber guibo (see the joint on the right side of the attached "OEM Shaft" image, see also E36 Parts Diagram).

In the E34 5-series steering column, the upper joint had the rubber and the lower joint was a solid universal joint (see E34 shaft).

The solid lower universal joint from the E34 is a bolt-on replacement for the rubber guibo lower joint of the E36. This is a common upgrade that provides a completely rigid steering column and eliminates the failure-prone guibo.

There are also aftermarket suppliers of entire lower steering column sections with both joints solid. That type part is not approved as a free add but is under review.

Download OEM-Shaft.JPG OEM-Shaft.JPG
Download E36-Parts-Diagram.JPG E36-Parts-Diagram.JPG
Download E34-Shaft.JPG E34-Shaft.JPG

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