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Old 01-26-2015, 07:49 PM   #1
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Old 01-27-2015, 01:23 PM   #2
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I have a poly unit on my car and definitely love the extra feel. I'm not trying to troll, but the solid aluminum unit seems really unsafe to me. I thought that unit is meant to made out of a softer material than metal in order to "break away" in a collision and not drive the steering shaft into your chest. I know that the steering shafts on these cars are a stacked collapsible design but I would imagine the travel is only so far. A big impact would concern me with that solid unit. Just my two cents, so take it for what it is. Interested to hear your feedback.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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I have a poly unit on my car and definitely love the extra feel. I'm not trying to troll, but the solid aluminum unit seems really unsafe to me. I thought that unit is meant to made out of a softer material than metal in order to "break away" in a collision and not drive the steering shaft into your chest. I know that the steering shafts on these cars are a stacked collapsible design but I would imagine the travel is only so far. A big impact would concern me with that solid unit. Just my two cents, so take it for what it is. Interested to hear your feedback.
The main purpose of the rubber piece is to isolate vibrations. Just as stiffer springs and suspension bushings transmit more vibrations and noise into the cabin, so will a stiffer steering coupler.

If an accident were to occur that was bad enough to propel the steering wheel toward your face, the least of your worries is whether the bushing is OE, poly, or solid. Your vehicle certainly won't survive, and you will probably end up getting cut out of the wreck. The steering wheel would need to travel 12-15" to even contact your person.

I believe the newer BMW's use electric power steering... No rubber bushing... Just a shaft connecting the two. Using your comment, nearly every owner of a newer BMW is then currently at risk of their steering wheel crushing their skull in an accident.

I've seen these aluminum replacements installed on track oriented E46s as well as a daily driver.... You definitely feel everything through the steering wheel, which is why I do not recommend this to be used on a daily. You would not like it.

I know for a fact that aluminum and poly versions of this part are safe to use as they are not used outside of their intended usage from the OE part.

The choice of the material is solely up to the owner from a comfort and performance perspective. Desired vibration and feedback from the steering wheel should be taken into account with the intended use of the vehicle.

That being said, this is a FOR-SALE thread and discussion and speculation on this and other variants should be taken to the discussion threads.
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:19 AM   #4
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My bad. You're right, I overstepped.
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