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Old 11-14-2012, 06:55 PM   #481
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Why are you sending it to Canada?

You can align the components yourself with some simple coding. Mine will be getting tuned by Eurocharged. I have a connection and they will just align the two systems together with the new key I'm getting while they have the MS43 in their possession.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:59 PM   #482
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Why are you sending it to Canada?

You can align the components yourself with some simple coding. Mine will be getting tuned by Eurocharged. I have a connection and they will just align the two systems together with the new key I'm getting while they have the MS43 in their possession.

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I thought the RPM motorsport in Canada was one of the few company that is able to flash a used DME with your exisiting EWS. ANyhow, I am glad you found a way around this. $400 is a ripped off.



I asked them how much does it cost to flash my MS42 323 tune to the 328 tune and they said $400 also.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #483
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Wow...I changed my 328 tune to an MS42 EU2 tune and cost me the gas to drive down to VA and meet up with New//M3Fan.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #484
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Why are you sending it to Canada?

You can align the components yourself with some simple coding. Mine will be getting tuned by Eurocharged. I have a connection and they will just align the two systems together with the new key I'm getting while they have the MS43 in their possession.

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Aligning a used DME with a used EWS isn't trivial -- if you've got a connection that's great, but I personally don't know of anyone other than RPM Motorsports
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:26 AM   #485
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Oh wait...I misread that, I bought a matched DME and EWS from an MS43 325i. Just getting it coded to my VIN.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:41 PM   #486
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mini update:

Just installed the MDCT shift knob. everything works and each of the indicator lights on the knob works correctly as planned. All I have to do is glue the leather together. the lights do not bleed over (I have a crappy camera phone) so everything looks better in person.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:10 PM   #487
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That shifter is pretty sweet was it hard to install?
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #488
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That shifter is pretty sweet was it hard to install?
Thanks. It is very easy once u figure out the wire diagram. The e9x m3 has 9pins

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Old 11-18-2012, 07:07 PM   #489
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You should remove the Steptronic shift gate and just use a manual boot. It'd look much better with the new knob, IMHO.
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:07 PM   #490
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You should remove the Steptronic shift gate and just use a manual boot. It'd look much better with the new knob, IMHO.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #491
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You should remove the Steptronic shift gate and just use a manual boot. It'd look much better with the new knob, IMHO.
excellent idea. honestly..never even thought about the manual shift boot.
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25117919219 $50 for the BMW performance manual shift boot with Alcantara
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:09 PM   #492
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You should remove the Steptronic shift gate and just use a manual boot. It'd look much better with the new knob, IMHO.
That would look so clean!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:35 PM   #493
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holly smoke! huge price jump. the leatherette manual shift boot cost $15 in 2004 and now it cost $43.

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Old 11-18-2012, 09:00 PM   #494
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holly smoke! huge price jump. the leatherette manual shift boot cost $15 in 2004 and now it cost $43.

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From Tischer?
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:40 PM   #495
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holly smoke! huge price jump. the leatherette manual shift boot cost $15 in 2004 and now it cost $43.

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Hmm, might as well order the real leather boot at only $10 more
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #496
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Wow, that knob looks very cool! From which M is it exactly? Which year?

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Old 11-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #497
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Wheelskins will sell you a real leather shift boot.
Or custom make one for you, using your leather.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #498
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From Tischer?
From every place. I guess e46 parts are expensive since inventory is getting low or no longer in production.





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Hmm, might as well order the real leather boot at only $10 more

I know. I ended buying the leather




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Wow, that knob looks very cool! From which M is it exactly? Which year?

it is from the e9x m3. The e60 m5 knob is similar but has less pins




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Wheelskins will sell you a real leather shift boot.
Or custom make one for you, using your leather.
Thanks. I already got the manual boot. Can't wait to install it


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Old 11-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #499
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How do you park it?

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:17 AM   #500
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How do you park it?

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Putting it in park would be normal. The only difference is that there is no "P" indicator on the shifter but I can always look at my dashboard.

The gear shifting on our transmission is all mechanical. Therefore, retrofit like this is very simple with the exception of trying trying to figure out the LED pin layout.

Wait...the only electronic gear shifting is manual upshift and downshift. Everything else is mechanical

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