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Old 01-18-2003, 07:27 PM   #1
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How to build your own paddleshift kit....and bunch of step details...

Been working heavily on my site recently...Tonight, I finished writing up my Paddleshift Retrofit Project...




Here is the link for all the details...
http://e46.mit.edu/PaddleShift_Retrofit_Project.htm
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Old 01-18-2003, 07:32 PM   #2
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damn, very nice and informative.
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Old 01-18-2003, 07:34 PM   #3
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http://www.bmw-paddleshift-retro.com/
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Old 01-18-2003, 07:44 PM   #4
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bro you trying to inform us or trying to make loot , i dont get it ,?
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Old 01-18-2003, 07:57 PM   #5
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nice job and thanks for sharing the info, this is a good way to save $400
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Old 01-18-2003, 08:55 PM   #6
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Enjoyed reading your write-up... you're a smart guy.
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:01 PM   #7
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I have reason to believe that you stole the ideas and time that vince managed to work hard for. I just don't get it ... I just bought the kit from him and I am very happy with it honestly. I am not trying to Rip on you nor am I jealous in any way, because I it does not matter to me, but when you steal credit from someone else, that's kinda childish, I know your the big shot from MIT. I know.

sad state my friend ...
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:26 PM   #8
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I have a manual tranny, , but I'm just curious here... what exactly comes with Vince's kit?
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:35 PM   #9
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..how can u steal an idea like this??..

I mean.. this is a question if you are able do it or not.. not like it is an innovation..
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:36 PM   #10
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Gee i just read your other post about DDE and now this... wow very good write up and info. NO wonder your busy.. So were these your class projects at MIT for credit? Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-18-2003, 09:50 PM   #11
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..how can u steal an idea like this??..

I mean.. this is a question if you are able do it or not.. not like it is an innovation..
Who is it that owns the 'idea' of doing the paddle retrofit? Nobody owns the idea. (If you didn't catch that the question was retorical.) I think that some people may be a little upset that $400 is a little steep for just running two wires. (No matter the amount of time invested before being able to sell the product.)

As I have stated before, GREAT JOB MITE46!
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:07 PM   #12
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I have reason to believe that you stole the ideas and time that vince managed to work hard for. I just don't get it ... I just bought the kit from him and I am very happy with it honestly. I am not trying to Rip on you nor am I jealous in any way, because I it does not matter to me, but when you steal credit from someone else, that's kinda childish, I know your the big shot from MIT. I know.

sad state my friend ...
Don't you think that's kind of jumping down his throat a bit? Not to take anything away from Vince, because I hear nothing but good stuff about him and his product, but just because he was the first to do this in the right way, doesn't mean that he would/should be the only. If that was the case, we'd all be driving Fords right now.

Fundamentally, it's a modification, albeit a rather complex/sophisticated one. Vince has turned his DIY solution into a business venture; that definitely is not going to stop anyone else from doing their own experiments. So, to say that someone "stole" anything is rather judgemental. Does that mean if someone that installed the Push Button Starter button started selling a "kit" that included the button, a cheap rotary tool, etc., that anyone else doing the same thing on their own would be thief? How about any of these non-OEM vendors that sell clears? BMW (or the company that they contract for lights) obviously originated the design for the lenses. So, does that mean that all of the 3rd party companies are stealing?
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Awesome write-ups dude... this and the DDEs... just curious, how do u run wires from the steering wheel to the shifter? U might have explained it on ur website but i didn't seem to see it...sorry n00b here
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:28 PM   #14
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Who is it that owns the 'idea' of doing the paddle retrofit? Nobody owns the idea. (If you didn't catch that the question was retorical.) I think that some people may be a little upset that $400 is a little steep for just running two wires. (No matter the amount of time invested before being able to sell the product.)

As I have stated before, GREAT JOB MITE46!
exactly i was actually gonna make a DIY day out of this myself in the near future without buying the kit before this post.


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I have reason to believe that you stole the ideas and time that vince managed to work hard for.

im curious though, whats the reason that leads you to believe this? was vince the first person in the world to come up with the idea for the retrofit in the first place?
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:32 PM   #15
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Damn your pretty good at this stuff... i just checked this page and the other on the angel eyes --- good stuff man --- i say you open up your own shop !
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:34 PM   #16
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I commend you for your hard work...however, I'd still go with VinceTopazBlau325i's kit b/c it's a cleaner design and he's a great guy to do business with.
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:37 PM   #17
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Great write up.
Now how about doing auto-dimming center mirror retrofit project since I have no time and $$$ for experimenting?
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:46 PM   #18
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Sorry to burst some people's bubble here but Vince wasn't the first to do retro-fit.

In fact it was a Japanese dude that did the first retro-fit. I agree Vince is a great guy and provides a plug and play product plus expert assistance with the retro-fit.

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Old 01-18-2003, 10:50 PM   #19
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good point kev! your totally correct !
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Old 01-18-2003, 10:51 PM   #20
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i guess i was mistaken , sorry about that ....
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