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Old 04-25-2012, 02:02 AM   #41
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this will work in a 2000 323ci? With or without bending?

By the way, great write-up, very glad I found this!
Yes there's no need for bending. I have the same car as you and everything works great. Although when shifting in 5th gear the knob barely touches the trim in the upper corner if you shift too quickly. Once it's in gear though, there's no contact and its hardly noticable.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:32 AM   #42
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Yes there's no need for bending. I have the same car as you and everything works great. Although when shifting in 5th gear the knob barely touches the trim in the upper corner if you shift too quickly. Once it's in gear though, there's no contact and its hardly noticable.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:58 AM   #43
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Yes there's no need for bending. I have the same car as you and everything works great. Although when shifting in 5th gear the knob barely touches the trim in the upper corner if you shift too quickly. Once it's in gear though, there's no contact and its hardly noticable.
So the 330ci and 325ci needs bending?
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:34 AM   #44
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Yes there's no need for bending. I have the same car as you and everything works great.
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So the 330ci and 325ci needs bending?
Dude, seriously... Did you not read this whole thread?? Go back and read it man
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #45
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So the 330ci and 325ci needs bending?
No. The Coupe / Convertible do NOT require bending the Z4 3.0 lever. Sedans and Tourings require the bend.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:38 AM   #46
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Dude, seriously... Did you not read this whole thread?? Go back and read it man
thread too long, beats making a new thread.
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No. The Coupe / Convertible do NOT require bending the Z4 3.0 lever. Sedans and Tourings require the bend.
thanks bro! going to do this soon!
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:10 PM   #47
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Jordan from www.ebmwparts.com contacted me this morning and said all my parts will ship tomorrow. Great customer service!
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #48
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Just did this lastnight. A lot shorter and so much more sporty feeling.
Only thing is 4th gear is basically where neutral used to be, all the gears are a lot higher and 1,3, and 5 are close to the trim. I was told no bending would be needed because I have a coupe, but the old shift lever did have a little bend in it. It doesn't hit anything now, but I feel like once I get the new weighted knob it might hit the trim. Any ideas? I have a 2000 323ci 5spd.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:02 PM   #49
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I installed this in my 325ci awhile back and was not happy with it at all. The shifter sits wayyy to far forward and it's way to "notchy" I have a UUC SSK in my 328 and this is no comparison, though I suppose that's obvious. My hand would hit the front trim on R 1 3 5 every time, and that gets annoying quickly. So, to anyone out there who is interested in this mod, I have the z4 lever sitting in my garage and will take offers on it. PM me if you want it for 1/2 price of dealer. Was installed for about 2 days before I got sick of it.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:13 PM   #50
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I installed this in my 325ci awhile back and was not happy with it at all. The shifter sits wayyy to far forward and it's way to "notchy" I have a UUC SSK in my 328 and this is no comparison, though I suppose that's obvious. My hand would hit the front trim on R 1 3 5 every time, and that gets annoying quickly. So, to anyone out there who is interested in this mod, I have the z4 lever sitting in my garage and will take offers on it. PM me if you want it for 1/2 price of dealer. Was installed for about 2 days before I got sick of it.
Mine isn't that close to the trim. I've yet to pinch my fingers, but it is much closer than the old one.

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Old 05-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #51
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my gf said it didn't bother her....but I think she was just trying to be nice
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:41 PM   #52
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I installed this in my 325ci awhile back and was not happy with it at all. The shifter sits wayyy to far forward and it's way to "notchy" I have a UUC SSK in my 328 and this is no comparison, though I suppose that's obvious. My hand would hit the front trim on R 1 3 5 every time, and that gets annoying quickly. So, to anyone out there who is interested in this mod, I have the z4 lever sitting in my garage and will take offers on it. PM me if you want it for 1/2 price of dealer. Was installed for about 2 days before I got sick of it.
Thanks, glad you like it!

Funny think with all of these "Lookit the other OE BMW shifter I installed!" threads is that everyone forgets that BMW plastic wears out and these shifters get sloppy and rough over time.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:12 PM   #53
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Just an update... I did this and absolutely love it!

The instal was really easy, getting the plastic ring out was the biggest PIA about it. I attached the clip back on by going under the car though, it only took 30 seconds once under the car.

Personally for my car, the shifter DOES come close to the trim, but not a problem. I love the precise feel you get shifting to each gear, I think that's the "extra effort" everyone is talking about, I love that feeling-You know exactly what gear you are in. I'm 6'0 tall and have long arms so this suits me MUCH better, if you have short arms, holding the knob in 5th gear might bring your elbow off the arm rest. I don't have any problem with hitting the drive shaft in 5th, but I do hit it if I pull hard to the left, but the only time you should do that is if you are putting it in reverse, so the DS shouldn't be moving anyway during that shift. It's actually nice, it has prevented me from doing the "neutral wag" that ruins your bushings. Sure don't have the "stick in water" feeling anymore
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:57 PM   #54
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:26 AM   #55
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I have one question for OP. I don't know if it matters....but:

1. I noticed that the shifter leans a tad bit to right.
2. The shifter rod on my car was on right side instead of left like yours?

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:40 PM   #56
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I'm having some real trouble removing the bearing.. Couldn't seem to get it to 12 and 6 so I decided to start prying away at it trying to pop it out. Flipping out a little bit, anyone got any ideas?

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:51 PM   #57
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #58
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I'm having some real trouble removing the bearing.. Couldn't seem to get it to 12 and 6 so I decided to start prying away at it trying to pop it out. Flipping out a little bit, anyone got any ideas?
Any ideas guys?
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #59
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Any ideas guys?
Just keep doing what you're doing. Pry away and break those plastic teeth and it will come out.
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Any ideas guys?
Try to spin it with a flathead making force to align it to 12 & 6 direction and spin the shift lever at the same time. I had that trouble till I spinned the lever and did force with the flathead at same time.
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