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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 03-29-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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MeganRacing SSK Successfully Installed

Credits to xixixi for sharing the intel that although this SSK is advertised as per HPF's website for E36s, it fits perfectly fine on the E46. Only cost $45+ shipping.

Note#1- do not search for it by filtering your vehicle. Instead, search by brand [Megan Racing of course], then Short Shifters, and scroll down the application chart

Note#2- As per xixixi, he informed me that after some time with the shifter, the shifter was squeaking. Seems the lube that was on it had crapped out. He cleaned it up and re-lubed it with axle grease, and has had no issues since

Note#3- The SSK is held together with c-clips. It included a bag with two c-clips. So before I started, I went out and bought a c-clip pair of pliers... Dont bother. At least if installing it on a 328 you will not need it. They might be extras.

I was able to do all the removal and most of the assembly from the top. From the underside all I had to do was push the retainer pin back on (for this you do NOT have to remove any of the heatshield or driveshaft, you can reach the base of the shifter/ end of the selector rod with no problem... unless you drop the retainer or washer and have to remove the shield to find it... then you're just out of luck LOL!). So yes, BE VERY CAREFUL when you remove the retainer and the washer so as not to drop it on the shield and avoiding extra work. I was able to get them out from the top, but you could have someone loosen both from the top with a flathead while you're under the car with your palm around that juncture to catch the pieces .

PICTURES...

^ shows the difference between the stock E46 328 shifter and the Megan Racing shifter. I highlighted the difference not only of the height (about 3/4" shorter overall) but also the difference of how the MG SSK's pivot ball is about 1/2" higher up than the stocker (this is really what makes the shorter throws. More length under the point of pivot is able, so less movement from the top is needed).


^ I chose to use high-temp anti-seize as my "lubricant" for the shifter and for the outside of the base. I've used it successfully on other vehicles with no problem, even after 6yrs


^ empty and ready


^ here are those extra c-clips that I got. Also that's the plastic washer from the stock shifter right under the retainer. With it on, I could not get the retainer to catch the grooves. So out it went


^ Here's the only "downside". the shifter now is clocked CCW slightly lol. Really it makes no functional difference, but it's a visual annoyance. Doesn't bother me, but I can see how this could bother some of you picky people here lol. I know where my gears are so it doesnt bother me


Overall, awesome! For the price, even better! Install took me about 45mins WITH a beer break LOL. Shifter of course is slightly notchier, but I'd rather it be like this than feeling loose and disconnected from the tranny as with the stock shifter... shifts are still butter smooth however. The knob does sit lower. Throws are SIGNIFICANTLY shorter.

Great product, great price, butter to install, what else do you want? lol
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:26 AM   #2
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I believe the shifter is that way to help avoid money shifts here is a link and if you look at the position of the shifter. It's pointed a lil away from you to help you not smash into the wrong gear. here is a link to better explain http://www.shortshifter.com/techniques2.htm just seems that it is suppose to be that way. either way 45 bucks you can't go wrong
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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Nice! funny that is the way I hold the shifter as I shift! But I was doing that because of how notchy my short shifter was on my old 02 Camaro SS. The habit just carried over lol. Thanks man
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Old 04-19-2010, 04:44 PM   #4
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Sorry to bring this back from the dead but how do you feel about this ssk now that you have had it in for awhile?
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:58 PM   #5
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i recently purchased a hamann shift knob that is round so you can't even tell the shifter is a lil cocked to one way. For the money you can't go wrong.
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Sorry to bring this back from the dead but how do you feel about this ssk now that you have had it in for awhile?
+1, understandable. I still love it! Still very "direct" in it's movement, slightly more feedback of course but i actually like it. Zero noises.

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i recently purchased a hamann shift knob that is round so you can't even tell the shifter is a lil cocked to one way. For the money you can't go wrong.
Is this shift knob any heavier than the stock knob? I thought about just driving down to AA and pick up their 8.5oz shift knob to compare it to mine. When one has a shorter throw, it is a nice compliment to have a heavier knob. Glides through gears like butter
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:21 PM   #7
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hard to say my old shift knob was coming off every time i hit second. this one isn't much better but i love the knob. I mainly bought it to get rid of the cocked look. you know how it is it's not worth 300 bucks if you gotta buy it but if you get a steal on a knob for couple bucks its worth it. imo
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