im trying instal the ssk i bought from understeer, its the $85 that i beleieve is a oem m3 or a m roadster shifter. The problem is this: The bottom of the new shifter(where it attaches to the shifter linkage is slightly wider than my stock e36 325is shifter. Like the metal part of the bottom is the same but the platic ish material that is on the inside sticks out further, about where the stock one does with the urethane washers. WHAT SHOULD I DO???
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Here's a link to a thread we had earlier about installing the short shifter, I think this guy had the same problem you did and we were able to set him straight. Lemme know if you have any more problems or need clarification and I'll try to remember more, but it's been a while.
the only reason i still havent done this is because i dont know exactly how to bend the new shifter.
my 'selector shaft seal' is leaking oil on my transmission, would this by any chance be accessed while changing the shifter, i could kill two birds with one stone.
No bending required. And if you are serious about doing it check out the other Short shifter thread for the link(s) to my threads about using the Z4 shifter to save some bucks and making a clutch stop to maxamize the effect.
If you have an E30 or E36 318, 325 or 323, then you can swap in the BMW E46 325Xi lever (part number BW-25-11-1-434-148, about $55) to obtain a 29% reduction in the shift throw. Or, you can swap in the E36 M3/328 lever (OEM-25-11-1-221-977) which basically was a "built-in" short shift to these cars, and offers about a 1/3 reduction in lever travel. If you own an E36 M3 or a 328, and you want an even shorter throw, you can swap in the shift lever from an M-Roadster (OEM-25-11-2-228-384, about $55). The bad news is that if you want to use the M-Roadster lever, you may have to bend it slightly to make it fit properly. Use a bench vise and bend it to match your stock lever.
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