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HOW-TO: Retrofit Tilt Steering Wheel
HOW-TO: Retrofit Tilt Steering Wheel
Published by cali-ti
02-05-2006
Default HOW-TO: Retrofit Tilt Steering Wheel

NOTE! This was not an original option on the 318ti and therefore this is not a ti-specific procedure.

http://www.apexcone.com/JimPowellHom.../tiltwheel.htm

additional information provided by clex2:

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Originally Posted by clex2
you need to do a serious tear down of the steering column which necesitates removal of the airbag/steering wheel/instrument cluster/lower dash panels plus some crawling around under the car. For the not so mechanically inclined, it can be a daunting undertaking with the possibility of failure. You might get to certain point and becuase you can't get something to come apart, you could be stuck. Most places won't want to attempt this even if you paid them. But, I did it, but during the process, I had some doubts.

Another thing, you will need to make a cut out provision in the lower dash panel along with a cut out of the metal/foam knee bolster behind the panel to clear the lever.
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By clex2 on 02-24-2006, 06:10 AM
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One more useful link:

http://members.aol.com/steknight/
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By yoda on 11-03-2008, 09:03 PM
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I just bought a tilt steering column on ebay!..... Where did the link/ write up go?...
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By cali-ti on 12-07-2009, 12:10 AM
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Simple google search returned the following link which is still working:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...t/E36-Tilt.htm
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By M GmbH on 09-24-2015, 05:46 PM
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Any updates to this tutorial? I was wandering around a pick-n-pull salvage yard and saw a '94 E36 sedan with a till wheel in it that wasn't crashed in the front. I was thinking this might be useful in my race car build because the race seat is significantly lower than original.
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By M GmbH on 04-24-2017, 01:35 PM
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Do we need to use a E36 4-door for this mod?
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By Strawman on 05-01-2017, 10:34 PM
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I've done this mod on my car when I swapped an S52 in. I would not recommend it for utility, unless: a) you're searching for exclusivity, b) you have everything apart already (i.e., engine out, driver seat out, etc.), and only ~1" of up/down travel really is what you need. I race in 24 Hours of Lemons (in a 1969 Opel GT!), and if you're truly going the race car-only direction, then you're probably better off welding the column mount to a lower point (like a knee-knocker crossbar).
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By M GmbH on 05-02-2017, 12:56 AM
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This Ti is going to be a Lemons car with a M52. I would like to do the tilt wheel for the other drives befit too.
Did you participate in the last Gingerman race?

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I've done this mod on my car when I swapped an S52 in. I would not recommend it for utility, unless: a) you're searching for exclusivity, b) you have everything apart already (i.e., engine out, driver seat out, etc.), and only ~1" of up/down travel really is what you need. I race in 24 Hours of Lemons (in a 1969 Opel GT!), and if you're truly going the race car-only direction, then you're probably better off welding the column mount to a lower point (like a knee-knocker crossbar).
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By bluoval6 on 05-02-2017, 06:20 PM
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Here's an alternative to swapping the column. I removed the 2 factory bolts as it directs in the tutorial. I figured out what height I wanted the wheel at and installed longer bolts with spacers between the column and the dash frame. I have mine as low as the knee bolster trim will allow.

Scott
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By M GmbH on 05-02-2017, 06:36 PM
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That's great for one driver but when you have a endless possibility of body types it would be nice to have a tilt wheel to make driving a race car for 1-1/2 to 2 hours as comfortable as possible.
I'm probably going to put some spacers on also because the tilt doesn't move that much.
Is it best to start with a 4-door tilt column?
I'm ready to go!
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