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Old 02-25-2005, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a 95 325. I found that I have some play in the shifter, I know that the previous owner got a lot of parts off a wrecked M3 and put them on this car. I think that he put an M3 shift lever on this car. Would this be why there is so much play between the shift rod and the shift lever? Are there some compatilbility issues here?
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it sounds like the knob!.. or the thing is stripped!
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it sounds like the knob!.. or the thing is stripped!
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It's not the knob. I can see the play in the shift rod and shift lever. I'm just wondering if this was because something is worn out or if it's with having possibly an M3 shift lever installed.
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is it a short shifter???
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That's what it is. I have play in my shift knob as well. I am getting ready to replace all the bushings real soon. I just got to make sure I get the rent paid off first :P
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how easy is it to do? i'm fairly mechanically challenged since the biggest thing i've done to my past cars is change the oil.
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If you were able to change your oil and can read, you should be able to do it. This is assuming you are willing to take on a new challenge and expand your DIY abilities. This is not as easy to do as an oil change, but is a good next step for you to take (in your pursuit of a more refined mechanically able life).
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It turns out that the previous owner was a complete retard, he had tried to install one of those short shift adapters to the end of the shifter. He used a bolt that was way to long and it was the wrong diameter, this caused enough play to wear out the adpater so it could even be re-installed properly. Atleast I learned how to disassemble the whole shifter linkage. This link really helped me: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...t_Bushings.htm

Does anyone have a short shift adapter installed on their car? If so do they work well if installed properly? I saw one on www.cosmoracing.com.
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