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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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How does your SSK feel?

Hey guys, I'm wondering how much force you have to use when shifting through gears in your SSK equipped M3s. I bought my car from a private seller who had some random SSK installed (not sure of the brand) but I swear going through gears 1-3 I have to really muscle it. I'm starting to hate it, especially when I drive other sport cars where the shift is really smooth and zero grinding. I'm thinking of just getting a new SSK entirely..I'm aware with an SSK gears will have to be changed with a bit more of force, but 1-2 especially are borderline ridiculous when it's cold out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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I have the OEM short shift kit (330d lever, OEM cup, circlip, etc) and I love it. I live in Michigan, so in the winter time when it's cold it is a little notchy getting into first or second gear, but only initially. After the transmission fluid warms up a bit, or after the first mile, then everything is slick-slick precise and perfect. I would honestly recommend the 330d shift lever as it's the best bang for the buck (if you plan on changing your setup).

Does your car feel notchy at all times, when it's cold/hot? Shifting slow vs shifting fast? Could it possibly be TOO short, making the effort to engage gears that much heavier?

One suggestion would be to try shifting with the OEM tall shift knob (if you have it) to see if the longer knob (aka longer lever arm) helps improve the feel.

Another thing would be to test whether it improves with driving and practice, since you bought it used. Maybe you're just no used to it yet.

Lastly, another thing you can do it test the side to side play. Some short shift kits have an upgradable component called a DSSR (I think UUC makes it). It's a double shear selector rod. It reduces the side to side play when in the gates to almost nothing, BUT, it makes it nigh impossible to actually get into gates properly, let alone when shifting quickly. This is the reason I did not buy this. If your car has no side to side play, you may have this already.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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True SSKs mostly change the linkage and have little effected on leverage, unless the 330d level which changes the leverage not the linkage. Thus if your shifts are hard I'd look at something else.

Make sure you try another e46 first too to see the difference.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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Lastly, another thing you can do it test the side to side play. Some short shift kits have an upgradable component called a DSSR (I think UUC makes it). It's a double shear selector rod. It reduces the side to side play when in the gates to almost nothing, BUT, it makes it nigh impossible to actually get into gates properly, let alone when shifting quickly. This is the reason I did not buy this. If your car has no side to side play, you may have this already.
The UUC DSSR does not make it any more difficult to get into gear, regardless of shifting speed. It feels different than stock and take a while to get used to, but if anything it is much easier to get right into gear than without a DSSR. What makes you think it's more difficult to get into gear?

I have the UUC evo3 kit with dssr and a ZHP knob. It feels very notchy, not smooth like a honda. It's much more obvious whether or not you're in gear, and it does definitely take a bit of force to get it in and out of gear, but nothing I wouldn't expect. The M3 has a notchy shifter from the factory, as the notchiness probably comes from the transmission and not the shifter. (I don't know, just assuming).
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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The UUC DSSR does not make it any more difficult to get into gear, regardless of shifting speed. It feels different than stock and take a while to get used to, but if anything it is much easier to get right into gear than without a DSSR. What makes you think it's more difficult to get into gear? .
Before I bought my SSK I test drive a car with the DSSR and it was difficult to get into gear and far too notchy per my tastes. I only drove the one car so I probably shouldn't have said that all DSSRs were like that, but I assumed they would be very similar. That's why I said what I did.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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I would echo the above comment. Just throw in a 330d kit and all will be solved for not very much coin. However, it may be a more involved job to deconstruct the existing short shift kit?

I have the 330d and love it. Way better than stock, cheap, easy and reliable.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:22 AM   #7
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