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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-02-2005, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok everyone, As some may know I just came into possession of a 1988 325e. The first things I am plannin' on doing is the common: Exhaust, intake..Get the Air flowing. Now i'm also plannin on tossin a short shifter in there as well. Now the only helpful site that i have found that has everything ive seen in 500 sites was/is Bavarian Autosport. They have 3 short shifter "kits" to choose from. There is one that is 400 that states: "Our ultimate short shift kit! Our short-throw shift kit C reduces the distance your shifter travels between gears by a healthy 36%, allowing you to go from gear to gear much faster. In addition, its advanced design maximizes leverage to give you easier shifting and a true race-like feel. Plus ours is made using a bronze connector/bushing, not plastic like the factory shifter, for longer life and crisper shifts." My exact question, Is it really worth it?


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before you buy, check out Ireland engineering's site. they have a sweet short shifter at a very attractive price.
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Yup.... I agree with the above... IE is a great place... good people.

As for if it is worth it or not... I wouldnt trade mine for most anything... I have a Rogue Engineering Octane SSK... great piece of engineering... I'm not sure RE makes anything for your car.. but worth a search IMO.

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Thanx to the both of you I will check those out as soon as I am done writing this. And yess my specific model IMO is why it is so hard to find parts. Thanx again i'll update on what I find.
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Wow, Quick search. Both look great. IE and RE both have applicable shifters with a 30 dollar difference between them. RE only offers the lever. Now what would come in the full kit? I have only researched short shifters for another car that only had levers, but now I see that kits include more. What exactly is that more. Hope to hear back soon. Great pricing though
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Personally, I would use either the E36 ///M3 shifter and some bushings, or maybe the Z3 shifter. Original BMW parts, good availability, and the whole kit will cost you about $80!
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p.s. so it's not 36% like the $400 shifters, but are you honestly going to feel that extra 5-6%? If the extra $300 is worth it to you, knock yourself out. Good luck!
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