I'm thinking about buying a short shift kit and I was wondering what experiences people had had with them. Specifics that would help me make a desicion are prefered. I know a companies like UUC, B&M, and Rogue Engineering all have one and I also know that understeer.com sells modified Z3 shifters for 328s. I'm really cheap, and if someone has used a Z3 shifter or made a custom one in their car I would love to hear about it.
Also, did you install it yourself, was it a bitch? Or how much did it cost to have it installed professionally?
I've been looking into doing this myself. Basically the best you're going to get for a shift lever if from the Z3. All the big companies do is modify it a little bit, shine it up, and sell it for 200 bucks.
Another thing is the actual selector rods being shortened by the SSKs. I think the normal Z3 shifter with the modified selector rod (bent for clearance) would be the most cost effective way to go.
Also, from what I've heard it's a bitch. But if you can get under the car you've got reasonably easy access to most of the linkage.
.02 go wtih the Z3 shift lever.
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I have a B&M SS kit. I did not install it myself. It is very sweet. It has a very notchy feel (more so than oem which is already so) and requires a firm stab to achieve the required gate. I HIGHLY recomend it to anyone wanting to up the anty in terms of a boy racer feel.
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It bolts on to the bottom of the shift lever, at the lower pivot. I basically moves the selector rod pivot further away from the shift lever ball pivot to reduce shift distances (and increase shift effort). I wouldn't do it, you'll probably have driveshaft contact issues.
I have a ZM3 shifter installed, a UUC ERK cup, a lead-weighted selector rod, and UUC delrin shift carrier bushings. So far this works pretty well for the price, I'm not complaining at all. Once the shift boot is on, most people can't tell what short shifter is there.
The UUC Evo3 is the best shifter money can buy at the time being though, I just can't justify spending all that money on a shifter.
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I have the UUC SS kit. Evo3... It's definately a shorter throw compared to the stock with a notchy mechanical feel. Whatever peeps speak of this kit is true....but I liked my stock shifter better for smoothness but too long of a throw...shiet I'm at work brb.....well I'm content with it! Man cost me $270 shipped though
I have a 325i and put in an m3 shifter in it. Total cost; $20 shipped (just the lever). Shorten my throw about 33%, slighty notchy but not too much. I think buying the oem parts is the best (in price) because a lot of people usually mods m3 shifter already and many sell it on forums and also its oem, it was meant to be put in a BMW. So you realy can't go wrong or hurt your car with it. You might want to also get new washers and clip too if you think yours are worn out but they cost practically nothing. Also, get the [B]Delrin carier bushings[B] It stop that annoying side to side movement when you're in gear.
As far as the other short shifter goes, the best you can get is the UUC. B&M are ok and understeer is pretty much what I just said. The reason UUC is great becaue it comes with everything. New clips/washers/bushings/lever/link arm and I think a warranty (for their best one of course). A little too pricy but if you have the money go for it and want the total package.
Installation wasn't that bad, all you need is a friend with midget hands (no offense intended). But seriously, it was just a tight fit to get the renown "bitchclip" out so it would be nice to have someone with small hands and one last thing, DON'T DO IT AFTER YOU HAVE DRIVEN IT. It's right next to the exhaust, so you get the idea.
Hope it helps.
Whoops! Forgot you have a 328. Which is the same shifter as the M3. So you replace whatever I said about the M3 shifter and replace it with the Z3. The only reason why I didn't get it was because it was had to be bent to a certain specification.
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