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Old 02-09-2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation Manual swap!


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Old 02-09-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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1st!!

Good luck with it. Id go 6speed, just cause, but its all good. We all with slushboxes ought to follow you for sure.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:22 PM   #3
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No idea with the rev drops, i remember i had a similar problem with my dirt bike after i replaced the top end, it was because of the new carb not letting enough fuel in at idle. All i did was fiddle with some screws to fix it i wish our cars were as simple.

also wise move with making the swap to manual.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:36 PM   #4
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I assume you put the Turner kit in already for the subframe tear?

Did you replace the ATF and filter already? How did this end up being a tranny problem? Not sure Im feeling that. I would expect that throwing a MT swap at the problem cant have any effect but a benefit overall, but ... IS it necessary? Man, kinda having similar 500 rpms idle issues, but a trans???

Hit me back.. with why/how ok
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:16 PM   #5
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i dont even have a manual, but like TxTorqueMade said, why not 6?
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:57 PM   #6
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Well I have the parts list and a firm grasp on how the electronics side of the swap goes. I'm off to the BMW salvage yard tomorrow to find a manual E46 to grab some parts from. I'll take some pictures and let you guys know how it goes. Expect this entire swap to be done within 3 weeks. I will make a wicked DIY after I'm done and it will compliment some of the other fantastic DIYs already on the board. Special thanks to all the members who got me started on the journey, you guys know who you are. Will update tomorrow.

This is going to be a fun one....
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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are you the dude with the F'd up cluster from a while back?
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:03 PM   #8
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Goodluck with the swap, hope all goes well!
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:37 PM   #9
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^ Good luck man...I seriously hope this is all worth it. If it was me, I would've dumped the car at 621,000 miles...well, the cluster issue, that is. I'm cheering for ya bro!
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:38 PM   #10
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Good luck on the swap bro ! Ive just done this swap 3 weeks ago, and it feels like a new car, period.

One advantage of 6speed is when you drive on the highways, your rpm's will be lower. But like you said, you don't drive in the highways much so 5speed would be okay.

You should think about upgrading the parts if you will do so down the road anyways. Like lightweight flywheel, shortshift kit, stainless steel clutch line, etc.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:55 PM   #11
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Dayum...sorry to be so late getting back. Been working on my pool not the Bimmer last few days.

Looks like a nice tranny! SS line for sure and why NOT go on and do a short shifter now?!!

Good for you Neil. We will be lookin for the DIY No doubt.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:20 AM   #12
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ya know i know its off topic.. but what your describing really really sounds like a vacuum leak.. ya know i was thinking.. most of the e46's have the shut off flap in the tail pipe at the very back of the car.. there could be somewhere along the line that has a leak.. considering you have checked all the rest of the vac lines. but if you pressure tested the engine and didn't hear any leaking.. that is at the back of the car where you wouldn't hear with your head in the engine bay

just an idea..
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:13 PM   #13
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dam, good luck bro, your DIYing it?
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:29 PM   #14
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:46 PM   #15
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wow this looks like one awesome DIY, much luck to you!
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:42 PM   #16
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UPDATE: Got the ZCS information from the car today so it can be converted to that of a manual transmission car. Bought all the parts from my local bmw dealer, some of them have to be shipped from Germany (like the new driveshaft) so the swap probably wont take place for another 3-5 weeks. Just depends when all the parts arrive and which weekend my friend is free on. I will let you guys know. But for now, I got the Flywheel from autozone, same as OEM for HALF the price. Autozone ftw!!

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