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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 03-28-2017, 07:12 PM   #1
nicksdodge318
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Double shear selector rod for an xi

Well, today marks the day that I'm sick of the side to side movement in my shifter. About 4 months ago now I replaced all the linkage bushings and shifter in my 04 325xi and it had made a big difference. My problem is that my side to side slop never went away. I've had people claim to me that all xi cars have a factory dssr, but I call bull on that. Mine isn't (wish I took a picture to prove it but I didn't know at the time).

So has anyone found a dssr for our cars? I'm almost willing to hang your photo from my mirror as tribute if you help me.
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Old 04-28-2017, 08:30 AM   #2
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The Xi cars do not have a factory DSSR. Your model may vary, but it looks like all 5 speed Xis have the same selector rod. If you have fabrication skills you can buy the UUC Xi DSSR and modify it to fit. The reason it will not fit is because UUC will send you a straight rod instead of a bent one to match the shape of the OEM rod. The bend is critical to clear the end of the transmission as well as the transfer case. It took myself and a friend an hour or two to measure, cut, and bend a new rod to create a perfectly fitting DSSR using the factory rod as a jig. I'm a little upset that I had to drop 130 bucks on a piece of metal that I had to make fit right and it doesn't seem like UUC is willing to work with me on that...... Whatever, it fits now and I just want my car back together.






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Old 05-18-2017, 07:53 AM   #3
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I need to do a bushing overhaul, but am hesitant because there is so much in the way compared to the RWD models.

What do you need to remove to get up there?

I have seen the instructions for the RWD models, but the XI is much different under there.

Does the transfer case need to be removed?
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:21 PM   #4
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I need to do a bushing overhaul, but am hesitant because there is so much in the way compared to the RWD models.

What do you need to remove to get up there?

I have seen the instructions for the RWD models, but the XI is much different under there.

Does the transfer case need to be removed?
The transfer case does not NEED to be removed, but it's just an extra 6 or so bolts and it gives you all the room in the world. The 2 extra minutes it takes is worth it all the way. Otherwise things are mostly the same as the rwd cars
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