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Old 08-08-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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I finally got rid of the piece of $hit overboosted steering in my '01 330i. Picked up used '04 330i ZHP rack & pinion for $250 and had a stealer do the install + alignment.
It's a night and day difference; the new rack feels solid and the car drives like a BMW should. Best mod I've done thus far

The ZHP rack & pinion part # 32136757650.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:16 PM   #2
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could you show us the invoice for the part number on that please. that part number does not come up on any BMW parts database i can find.

further more it's been kinda figured out that the zhp rack is the same as any late model 330. maybe even as early as 09/01

great upgrade non the less
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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could you show us the invoice for the part number on that please. that part number does not come up on any BMW parts database i can find.

further more it's been kinda figured out that the zhp rack is the same as any late model 330. maybe even as early as 09/01

great upgrade non the less
To order it, you'd have to use part number 32136757651 - the steering racks are only available remanufactured, and BMW usually adds '1' to the part number for remanufactured parts.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:26 PM   #4
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If you're buying new, the part number is 651. I bought it in Htown junkyard, donor car was '04 330i sedan. The part number on my rack ends with 650.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:05 PM   #5
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which is the same as any other post 9/01 ('02+) 330 steering rack as i said

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...32&fg=10&hl=20
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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and many others even the 318 diesel wagon in europe

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref....=on&series=E46
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:08 PM   #7
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OP's sig lists a 2001, so it sounds like an upgrade to me.
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Do you know if this rack will fit any e46 or are there mating issues with some of the older ones?
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Does XI, non-XI specify a different rack? If not, then yes it will fit an XI. Use REALOEM.
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Does XI, non-XI specify a different rack? If not, then yes it will fit an XI. Use REALOEM.
Just checked, RWD and XI use the same part numbers. However, the rack for a car with the manual transmission has a different P/N from the auto transmission racks. Anyone know the differences?
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:36 AM   #13
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Does XI, non-XI specify a different rack? If not, then yes it will fit an XI. Use REALOEM.
this is the post you asked me to quote. not really sure how it's relevant.
point is, Rich and others are not saying the 712 rack installed on the zhp is different than the 712 rack installed on other 330s.
he is saying the 712 rack is the rack known as the "zhp rack" but it did come on a select few other 330s.
do you understand? i mean i feel like we should be on the same page but based on your posts we're not. the information is all there there's no opinions anymore just facts. there's no grey area.
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this is the post you asked me to quote. not really sure how it's relevant.
point is, Rich and others are not saying the 712 rack installed on the zhp is different than the 712 rack installed on other 330s.
he is saying the 712 rack is the rack known as the "zhp rack" but it did come on a select few other 330s.
do you understand? i mean i feel like we should be on the same page but based on your posts we're not. the information is all there there's no opinions anymore just facts. there's no grey area.
Everyone has been stating the ZHP does not have its own special rack for years now. This is just thread #84 out of 300 across various forums. Definitely not the first.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:49 AM   #15
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Everyone has been stating the ZHP does not have its own special rack for years now. This is just thread #84 out of 300 across various forums. Definitely not the first.
it does. it's the 712 rack. look mango, this is my last post for a while in this thread. you're driving me crazy. i'll try to help you one last time, and i think i know where you're getting confused.
there's a certain point where rich, and realoem are conflicting. the 678 rack or TRW, according to rich, was put in the 330 until the last one was made and it was the common non-zhp rack.
according to realoem, which you seem to follow religiously, the 678 rack stops for USA 330s in 01.
i'm going to go with rich on that because he gets cores back everyday from post 2001 cars and i'm sure he has statistics to back up his posts where he says that the 678 or TRW are the common racks in those cars. making the 712 rack exclusive to the zhp and a SELECT FEW NON ZHP 330s

that's it. the facts are there. you can choose to hold hands with realoem. but in this case, it is incorrect and the facts presented are solid.
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it does. it's the 712 rack. look mango, this is my last post for a while in this thread. you're driving me crazy. i'll try to help you one last time, and i think i know where you're getting confused.
there's a certain point where rich, and realoem are conflicting. the 678 rack or TRW, according to rich, was put in the 330 until the last one was made and it was the common non-zhp rack.
according to realoem, which you seem to follow religiously, the 678 rack stops for USA 330s in 01.
i'm going to go with rich on that because he gets cores back everyday from post 2001 cars and i'm sure he has statistics to back up his posts where he says that the 678 or TRW are the common racks in those cars. making the 712 rack exclusive to the zhp and a SELECT FEW NON ZHP 330s

that's it. the facts are there. you can choose to hold hands with realoem. but in this case, it is incorrect and the facts presented are solid.
Still have no clue what you are trying to say. i feel like you went online, copied and pasted a bunch of words, and randomly threw them in a post. you're now on ignore--permanently.
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I thought the ZHP had a different steering rack.
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Part numbers can be same/different on ZHPs/non-ZHPs for all care. Truth is ZHP rack is quick, non-ZHP is not. As long as the donor is a true ZHP, it's rack is the one you want.
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Part numbers can be same/different on ZHPs/non-ZHPs for all care. Truth is ZHP rack is quick, non-ZHP is not. As long as the donor is a true ZHP, it's rack is the one you want.
this is absolutely FALSE

it has long been proven and accepted (even among the zhp forums) the racks are the same in the post '01 330s.

you can wish all you want, but the fact about the rack is it's the same. please don't contribute to mis-information. there were many things posted about the 330 performance package in it's release that were for all those current 330s. this is where the mistake was made and myth created.

this however has nothing to do with the Original Posters rack, which was a pre-Sept 2001 build. therefore his rack swap is the later 330 rack and is infact different from the earliest 330s. so yes he would feel a difference upgrading to the changeover 330 rack & pinion
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this is absolutely FALSE

it has long been proven and accepted (even among the zhp forums) the racks are the same in the post '01 330s.

you can wish all you want, but the fact about the rack is it's the same. please don't contribute to mis-information. there were many things posted about the 330 performance package in it's release that were for all those current 330s. this is where the mistake was made and myth created.

this however has nothing to do with the Original Posters rack, which was a pre-Sept 2001 build. therefore his rack swap is the later 330 rack and is infact different from the earliest 330s. so yes he would feel a difference upgrading to the changeover 330 rack & pinion
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This reminds me of when SeanC was claiming that ZHP control arms had special geometry. We argued back and forth for pages on another thread and he sweared he'd prove himself to be correct. He never did. And he's been active as of two days ago.

Wild wild claims from ZHP dreamland.
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