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Old 03-23-2005, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So today I just installed a SSK, brand new, that cost $50.72. And guess who it is made by.... whoever you guessed you're most likely wrong. This was made by BMW. All you need is the shift lever from a Z4 3.0 Early production (dealership has early and late production, but I do not know the difference). Install is a piece of cake. Unhook the bottom, take off all the trim and rubber things, use feelers gauges/hook feelers to unhook the two teeth things that hold in the lever. Take off the plastic piece around the shift ball, put it on the new one and then pop in and your done. You can even re-use your current shift knob.

Throw reduction is amazing. I almost had to relearn how to drive it. It makes the shifting a little more notchy (common for all SSK i have been told). Best of all it goes perfectly with the $1 homemade clutch stop I made a few weeks ago (do a search if interested in that thread). So for $51.72 I have reduced my shift time by perhaps 50% or more. I took a short vid with my DC and will post it when I get back to campus and my USB cable for my camera. So everyone who is saving up for a SSK stop. All you need is $50.72.
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Thats pretty damn badass im gonna have to deffinatly do that! thanks so much im rather excited about that. it sounds pretty straight forward but i may hit u up for some photos or somethin at some point if i get stumped.... so be warned lol again thats badass thanks!

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Old 03-23-2005, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also installed a BMW SSK in my E36. I forgot if it was off a Z4 or Z3, though. The only hard part was slipping those damn "circlets" off.

The change in throw is amazing. I combined it with an aluminum shift knob for a vastly different feel. I characterized the upgrade as better than either my Remus exhaust or my Dinan chip.
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hey man, definately interested.. do a step by step with pics... i need as much help as i can get..

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You can use the one from the Z3 as well. The shift isn't as dramatically shortened. As for directions, I would definately get a repair manual to do it. If you are going to be a big DIY'er then you need one any way. If I can get back to a lift I'll take pictures of the underside, but the top is straight forward until you get to the "circle" things mentioned above. Those things are tricky. I wasn't able to get them myself... I cheated and used a friend. ... as well as a friends lift... and tools...
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lol lucky u, i want a friend with a lift! hell screw it i want my own damn lift! lol i helped my friend drop his tranny the other night and a lift would have been wonderful.... much better then gettin right under the tranny and droppin it onto your chest and rolling it onto the ground. lol thanks again man!

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lol lucky u, i want a friend with a lift! hell screw it i want my own damn lift! lol i helped my friend drop his tranny the other night and a lift would have been wonderful.... much better then gettin right under the tranny and droppin it onto your chest and rolling it onto the ground. lol thanks again man!

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Originally posted by thekid+Mar 23 2005, 07:08 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(thekid @ Mar 23 2005, 07:08 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Cellardoor@Mar 23 2005, 05:03 PM
lol lucky u, i want a friend with a lift! hell screw it i want my own damn lift! lol i helped my friend drop his tranny the other night and a lift would have been wonderful.... much better then gettin right under the tranny and droppin it onto your chest and rolling it onto the ground. lol thanks again man!

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hardy har har! rub it in u luck *mutter mutter mutter* lol

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ill be throwing a ssk in come warmer weather, autotechinca hooked me up with a B&M short throw
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what's the part number for the shift lever you got?
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Wow $50 for a bmw part......what was that like a new shift pattern emblem!

This sounds pretty interesting. I was not really even thinking of a short shifter kit but $50 for something very similar sounds enticing.
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Which part would you need from this page?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?mo...343&hg=25&fg=05
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That is exactly the kind of thing I've been looking for. As a side note, I just went to do my clutch stop mod last weekend, and found my rubber stopper was missing! Stupid previous owners. The dealership had to order it, but two days and $0.67 later, I have my rubber piece and my new clutch stop.
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I just remebered where I put the part invoice. So here is the part number/Description: 25-11-7-516-160/ Shift Lever. List price is $50.75 (opps thought .72) with tax $54.56 They do not usually stock the part. I called last Friday and it was in tuesday. For the low cost it is a great buy if you do not mind a stiffer shift feeling. It will take some getting used to, but in my opinion worth it.

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do you know if this is the same ssk sold on underteer.com?

http://www.understeer.com/onlinestore-shifters.shtml

and did you get yours from the dealership?
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