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non power racks

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:59 pm
by abmass
can any one tell me is there a non power rack that would bolt on to a compact :?:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:22 pm
by alan1272
i think that some early E30's came with a manual racks, might be worth a try? they'll be a bit long lock to lock probably.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:24 pm
by Sunbmw
abmass wrote:can any one tell me is there a non power rack that would bolt on to a compact :?:


Now then Steve, apparently, it is possible to bolt a works 2.25 LHD Sunbeam rack to an E36, however, these are like hens teeth now, the last I knew, Dutche Components had new ones on the shelf, that was 7 or 8 years ago now though, don't even know if they are still trading any more.

Other than that, I don't know wether an E30 non power rack could be made to fit, but I would gues teh ratio would be to slow.

THe Bruvs have a Sellholm rack, and I think they do an E36 rack too, pricey though......

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:00 am
by M3 Compact
apparently, it is possible to bolt a works 2.25 LHD Sunbeam rack to an E36


Forum member Jonno has done this with his E30.

LHD Sunbeam rack used upside down in a RHD E30 IIRC. :?:

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:17 pm
by is-si
Theres a guy who does e30/e36 race/rally quick racks in several speeds in europe, i've had prices off him before i went to sellholm. They are all in bmw casings too so should be good and strong 8) .
If i have time later i'll dig out his name, he's called Roland ___(i think) - you may have come accross him. . . .make sure you are sitting down :lol: . Sellholm i'd guess do manual ones too.

Our 2.5 power rack has been well worth the money 8) bolts straight on, retaining the b-m/zf quality engineering.

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:43 pm
by abmass
thanks for all the info the reason i ask is cause i have got a power steering steering colum?? off a corsa the type that they are using on escorts it looks like it wont be to much trouble to fit but i would need a manual rack .so i need to find something to do the job .how much are the sellholm racks and do they do r.h.d, has any one else got any ideas i did think about 205 power racks becuse they are2.4 lock to lock and they run a remote fluid chamber so you can run them as a normal rack if you drain out the fluid and leave it open (i think) :?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:41 pm
by is-si
do they do r.h.d


i totally forgot we like to be different :oops: you would have to ring them to see what they do in rhd.
It might be worth finding out what Paul Newbolds/Hockleys car use - they've done a rhd 8)

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:53 pm
by M3 Compact
What's wrong with a Z3 rack powered by an electric pump, Steve?

2.7 turns - not perfect, but a cheap bolt-on to try/see if it's good enough? :?:

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:55 pm
by abmass
yeah i spose it would be the way to go if only to get it up and running then look at somthing after which pump would are you thinking off

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:56 pm
by abmass
i was told over the week end that if i stip a bm rack down and remove the seals it will work ok as a manual rack ????? does any one no if this is the case :shock:

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 9:16 pm
by is-si
Its a common mod with the circuit boys, i've seen several in the kumho bmw series.
i'm not sure what the trick is with the hydraulics.

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:57 pm
by abmass
i was told that you just remove the seals and dont connect the pipes back up i.e remove all off the fluid system

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:48 pm
by eddiee36
thats interesting, thats what i was contemplating doing.

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:09 pm
by abmass
started to change the steering coloum today for the corsa one it looks like its going to be a fairly simple conversion :? i will take some pics and keep you informed :D (ps what was with all the porn the other day :shock: )

Re: non power racks

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:34 pm
by jonnysprinter
is-si wrote:Our 2.5 power rack has been well worth the money 8) bolts straight on, retaining the b-m/zf quality engineering.

Considering it was a gift from me, I would say it was definitely worth the money - freemans :roll: