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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 05-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Swap 5 speed for 6 speed (330ci)

Hi all,

I've been impressed wiht the number of automatic cars that have been swapped to manuals.

I've already got a manual (5 speed) and am interested in a swap to a 6 speed. Any guidance anyone could give in getting that done (did they do it themselves or have a shop do it, were they happy with the outcome, what would they do differently, etc), that would be appreciated.

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Old 05-21-2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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There are numerous threads on this....
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:36 PM   #3
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i had all the parts to do this to my 323ci but i ended up trading them for some schrick cams, headers and money. if you can find a 6sp tranny and driveshaft for a good price i'd go for it, same with the clutch, flywheel, shifter assembly, and trans mount, btw the parts are cheaper now than they were when i was going to do it

the 6sp is nothing special compared to a 5sp, unless you are running aggressive gears, it has 5 speed gearing with an extra gear

just search around and you should find the info you need
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:48 PM   #4
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for all the work involved...is it really worth an extra gear?
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Yeah, not really worth it unless you get some cool custom gearing or something.
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It would be cool, but I dont think all the time and money is worth it dont you think? unless M3 swap
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:48 PM   #7
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The 6 speed gearbox is 25lbs heavier than the 5 speed ZF.
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for all the work involved...is it really worth an extra gear?
The only way i could justify it is if a person did a diff swap as well so the 6th gear will drop cruising down to a lower RPM.....having said that, I still want a 6sp trans cause I have never had one
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i have a 6sp in my zhp, and would like to buy the parts down the road again to swap my 323 to 6sp also
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