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Old 01-19-2003, 07:54 PM   #41
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Great write up. I have been reading all of your posts about trying to get more info about the system and stuff. I am glad you stuck with it and figured it out.

I would love if you wrote up a DIY. I know that is asking a lot since you have already done so much. But I am nowhere near as technically inclined as many of the members on this board, and would love to be able to see a step by step process.

Thanks again and great work.

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Old 02-13-2003, 09:14 PM   #42
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Proof positive that MIT46 was correct

You don't need to have a external control chip to do paddle-shifting. I found this information from BMW's technical manual. I'm sure if Mr. original paddleshift knew this information I would hope he wouldn't sell kits for $800. Below is the BMW switch grid for the step tranny control. So my assumption was corrected when mr original paddle shift first came out with his kits that shifting is controlled by the tranny and not by the switch, also MITE46 is correct and the finder of information and implementer that you don't need a circuit board to do paddle shifting.
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Old 02-13-2003, 09:35 PM   #43
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if I remember correctly, you had some issues with Vince and there were words said on this very board.

Perhaps you're posting this to help others, but I think you might have some alterior motive to get at Vince because of the past issues...
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Old 02-13-2003, 09:49 PM   #44
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Old 02-13-2003, 10:03 PM   #45
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Oh no, B is back.

If you recall from this thread I defended Vince. There were words said in private and all coming from Vince which I felt there was no reason for as I simply wanted to know the outcome of something we discussed on many occasions so I could order parts and my beginning research of the Z4 button retro-fit. I felt the brunt of things as a result of this post which I felt were unjustified. So what..... I sent 3 or 4 PM's when i didn't know someone was out of town following up on some things.

The information I posted here was for informational purposes for this community. As there were words and a small exchange on another board, I indicated at that time I would no longer defend his position and HOPE excessive profit wasn't taken under false pretense that additional functionality was needed although there seems to be nothing to suggest it. I said the same thing about Jim Conforti in a thread about decompiling Jim Conforti's software if I had a hint that there was something foul (edit.there is absolutely no reason to suggest Jim's software is foul and shouldn't be taken in that context, nor would I decompile Jim's software). However, I do agree that the services Vince provides and the plug-N-play solution warant compensation but I am no ones judge and jury and this is just MY opinion.

But let's get one thing straight, I'm not a self proclaimed moderator, just a fanatic like everyone else seeking and sharing information. Other's just chose not to do so and I chose to share.


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if I remember correctly, you had some issues with Vince and there were words said on this very board.

Perhaps you're posting this to help others, but I think you might have some alterior motive to get at Vince because of the past issues...

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Old 02-13-2003, 10:48 PM   #46
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Old 08-31-2004, 04:15 PM   #47
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what's up with the step-by-step diy? and the drama?
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Old 09-10-2004, 09:26 PM   #48
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Dude, this is back from the grave

The deal is Mr. Paddleshift (supposed originator of the retro-fit paddle-shift idea...see my note at the end) feels like he got burned by helping MITE46 with information about paddle shifting. Then insert me asking questions on another topic and Mr. Paddleshift took it out on me. The truth is, he helped MITE46 get started but MITE46 figured things out on his own. Along the way I started researching paddle-shifting also because I refused to believe that paddle-shifting needed a complete circuit table to be able to go through the same shifts patterns which are being done through the steptronic and it should already be a function of the steptronic tranny control. Then MITE46 came out with his circuit board and along the way figured out that he didn't need one and around the same time I uncovered information from BMW which confirmed MITE46's findings and posted them here. During this, Mr. Paddleshift decided to flame me on another board and the novelty of paddle-shifting was gone and Mr. Paddle-shift wasn't the only game in town and the kicker was the other game was FREE.

Like I said before, Mr. Paddleshift does what he does and thought something worked one way and refused to believe anyone else and stopped being an enthusiast and starting being just a sponsor (in my opinion). The truth is that there is more work that is put into a PS2 or Xbox mod chip than the paddleshift mod at less than 1/3 of the cost of the paddle shift. But you can do this if your the only one actively supporting a mod and the original...ooops forgot Mr. Paddleshift is not the original paddle-shift, the publicly known idea originated in Japan and I posted the information here on e46fanatics about that since the Japanese dude implemented before there was any mention of paddleshifting anywhere else on the net.

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Old 09-10-2004, 09:36 PM   #49
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glad ya cleared things up...he only advice he ever gave us was...buy the kit, you will get pointers...but you must admit...from what we heard from other members his kit is a great solution for non-DIYers...
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Old 09-11-2004, 01:48 PM   #50
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Yeah, Mr. Hyde and Micro64 here and another guy on Bimmerforums have been posting their own DIYs sharing the information for FREE. What a novel concept.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #51
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Ok. I am sorry people; but I have to ask a logical question. REGARDLESS of who did what the link for the DIY is not correct/down; whether this was intentional or accidental; would someone please let me know if you have the procedure and pics of how to do this. I applaud the work put into a clear DIY with pics.....whoever did/does it.

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Old 08-23-2010, 08:56 PM   #52
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sorry to burst your bubble but the paddle shift diy was taken down from this site, look on other forums i think you might find it or do what i did and compile bits and pieces of info from this site which is what i did and manage to figure out the wiring on my own....
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:07 PM   #53
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It is not just the DIY: MITE46's site seems to be down (e46.mit.edu). He had a blog on his S54 transplant into a E30.
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the idea of the free online forum DIY was born from this very thread!
MITE46 is a legend!

Last I heard he moved back to Cali got a 6 figure job and bought big house in the valley and copped an 2009 X5, an E92, a Z4M, and a 2010 X6M or something.

Mr Paddleshift is an idiot for trying to make coin off an idea that should've been simply shared for free.

MITE46 who shared everything with us for free is now living very well off and Mr. Paddleshift is still living in his parent's basement and still hustling teenagers and noobs for Paypal coin.
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:50 PM   #55
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^ couldnt have said it better myself.

and yes mite46s site has been down for quite a while now at least 2 months last time i checked, i dont think he has use for this forum anymore i mean he went to mit and caltech, teh diys are pretty useless to him, wish he could get his site up again though there was alot of info on there
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