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Old 01-10-2006, 01:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking NEW ? re tilt (especially to mechanics)

Does anyone know if it would be possible to replace an E36 steering column (or whatever parts are necessary) with an E46 steering column to get tilt/telescopic wheel in an E36?

I know it sounds excessive, but it's a feature I really like.

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sounds like an expensive feature to have, some e36's came with tilt steering, but im not sure on telescopic, maybe someone with a 98 might have had it? but i doubt it. as for what parts , well im sure your gonna need the whole assembly to do the swap (hence the expensive part of the comment above) and your also gonna have to find someone who will be able to somehow make this all work and fit..
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So, it is possible?

If it is, I figure I can get the assembly off a wreck or something.
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put it this way, anythings possible for the right price.
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This has never come up in this forum, so we don't really know. As they say, you probably can make anything work given enough time and money. It will probably be expensive in parts. How about keys? Will they have to be changed? Keyless entry? I'm sure there will fabricating to do. How much money and time are you willing to spend? Do you have another vehicle while yours is down? Will safety be compromised?


P.S. If you do go forward with this, how about letting us know how it works?
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Here's the problem with doing it. I do not think your airbag will work. You would either have to try to wire the E36 airbag into the E46 assembly or try to wire the E46 airbag to the E36 crash sensors. Either way wiring and airbag equals bad idea. You could turn the car on after doing the swap and the airbag could deploy or not deploy when you got into a wreck. If you do not mind being sans airbag I don't see why it would be a problem.
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