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    Default Rack and Pinion into e34 535i...

    I'm thinking about finding a 318is system and attempting a swap.

    Any documentation on this?
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    Did a search and would like to spark up a new conversation...

    Anyone know what will fit in the e34? I know someone has swapped in a VW rack, not sure if I want to go that far off base.
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    It has been done, try a search and see if it comes up, might have been on the old board, not sure.
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    yeah someone put a fox or gti rack in, but it was around 3 grand
    and that was only b/c he'd agreed on the price earlier...it'd cost
    u around 5 prolly

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    I want to do the work myself, I might be doing a pretty large overhaul on my car this summer and this popped into my head.
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    Look up Cacatfish (Colin) under the 5 series board. He's done the conversion. It's well documented with pics and all.
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    WHy? Seems like a lot of work, effort and money for the benefit.....your signature said "No. Mods"......think there are a ton of things you could do instead...you'll always have problems with your retrofit..and I'm kinda glad my car doesn't have a rack...they leak!

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    All that, and I just don't understand why the preoccupation with making this particular change. The front end on my 535 is tight, the box is properly adjusted, and the steering is perfect. I have three other cars with R&P (including a 325 and Porsche) and frankly there is NO difference in steering performance due to the RB steering in the 535. IMO, this is a colossal waste of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRR2
    All that, and I just don't understand why the preoccupation with making this particular change. The front end on my 535 is tight, the box is properly adjusted, and the steering is perfect. I have three other cars with R&P (including a 325 and Porsche) and frankly there is NO difference in steering performance due to the RB steering in the 535. IMO, this is a colossal waste of money.
    It's just an idea that popped into my head.

    Thanks for your opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRR2
    All that, and I just don't understand why the preoccupation with making this particular change. The front end on my 535 is tight, the box is properly adjusted, and the steering is perfect. I have three other cars with R&P (including a 325 and Porsche) and frankly there is NO difference in steering performance due to the RB steering in the 535. IMO, this is a colossal waste of money.
    I completely agree with SRR2. I've no complaints about mine, its simple and reliable, feels great. How we could graft bits in and get a better result than BMW engineers have done with basic parts I do not know. Interesting sure, how anyone could say this is compelling enough to do I don't get... plus I am sure an insurance company would love to claim this to be an illegal modification should one have an accident and write off the car or kill someone...

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