e46 M3 CSL (or just CSL steering rack) owner help needed

e46 M3 CSL (or just CSL steering rack) owner help needed

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Jorge Pereira

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40 posts

8 months

Sunday 3rd May
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Hello friends,

As part of my e46 M3 Project I'm contemplating replacing my steering rack with something a bit quicker. It's a known fact that the e46 has a not so quick rack, and even my 20d has a faster steering.

With that said, I would like to keep things as OEM as possible, hence I'm thinking about installing a CSL rack on my peasant M3. However, I have no idea of what difference the smaller ratio (15.4 vs 14.5 to 1) will turnout in steering wheel turns.

Can a CSL owner (or someone with a CSL rack) do a short video of the steering going from center to full lock?

That would be great for me.

Thank you so much in advance

clarkson22

386 posts

124 months

Sunday 3rd May
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Hi mate not got a csl myself just a regular e46 m3 but alot of people fit the purple tag steering rack I beleive is the quickest out of all the e46's , have a google mate.

Jorge Pereira

Original Poster:

40 posts

8 months

Sunday 3rd May
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Hey mate. I know about the purple tag rack. The reason why I'm avoiding it is because I think, since it's fitted to a non-M BMW, it probably doesn't have as much feel. This is purely based on judgment and not research.

There is a bit of confusion going around... Also some people say that when you replace steering racks you have to do something to the DSC because of the steering angle, and that's not true.

Just trying to get the most accurate information possible

NBTBRV8

2,025 posts

168 months

Monday 4th May
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The CS and the CSL run the same rack, maybe that can help you broaden the search.

Jorge Pereira

Original Poster:

40 posts

8 months

Monday 4th May
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That's well thought. Didn't remember to do that.

Perhaps post this thread on the normal M section?

clarkson22

386 posts

124 months

Monday 4th May
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I think on the earlier dsc units it can play up but if it's a mk60 dsc unit it would be fine , I've been considering one when I get the engine back in.

Jorge Pereira

Original Poster:

40 posts

8 months

Monday 4th May
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That's well thought. Didn't remember to do that.

Perhaps post this thread on the normal M section?

Jorge Pereira

Original Poster:

40 posts

8 months

Monday 4th May
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clarkson22 said:
I think on the earlier dsc units it can play up but if it's a mk60 dsc unit it would be fine , I've been considering one when I get the engine back in.
I haven't read anything about the version of the doc unit. My car is an 02, with DSC still on the engine bay, where the battery would normally sit. Would there be a straight forward way of knowing which unit I have?