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Old 02-16-2003, 01:38 AM   #21
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Hey MITE, how much are you charging people for the install in the Boston area? My friend has an X5 and had expressed interest before, but the price for the *other* SMG retrofit was a bit too much.

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Old 02-16-2003, 01:49 AM   #22
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Isn't this like a direct competion of Seanz original SMG kit???

How is it competion if he's just providing free information?

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Old 02-16-2003, 01:50 AM   #23
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I have a pretty crazy load this term cus im trying to graduate....so I really won't have time to do full installs.....I can make the CDROM audio cable for <$10 and the rest should be just as difficult as swapping a normal steering wheel....

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Old 02-16-2003, 08:25 AM   #24
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Old 02-16-2003, 09:05 AM   #25
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nice work. thanks for sharing
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Old 02-16-2003, 09:37 AM   #26
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MITE thanks for sharing the info without charging us $300 for it
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Old 02-16-2003, 09:41 AM   #27
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I have a pretty crazy load this term cus im trying to graduate....so I really won't have time to do full installs.....I can make the CDROM audio cable for <$10 and the rest should be just as difficult as swapping a normal steering wheel....

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Im sure alot of people will want this...
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:46 PM   #28
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Here is info about the step shift control.

Basically everything is done in the tranny ECU so it just needs to be wired like MITE46 has done. Awesome job, thanks for figuring out this mod MITE46!



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Thanks for the props guys.....

I forgot to mention...I stopped by my uncle's dealership and did some inventory look up for the SMG wheel....

There are about 30 avail in the socal area, of these at least 15 in the ontario warehouse....there is definately NOT a wait for these wheels....

The wheel is expensive though....body shops get them for $523 and internet pricing is a bit more...I do know that the dealers are paying $400 + freight for the part.

PowerDrift: I actually built a circuit and everything that you are describing on my first attempt at the paddleshift.... that is located here:

http://e46.mit.edu/PaddleShift_Retrofit_Project.htm

I found out that pressing both paddles doesn't do anything...BMW must have some sort of input protection, thus the logic gate stuff isn't necessary at all...bmw's stuff has good design....
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:48 PM   #29
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LOL I was just thinking to wire a button to the kickdown pin on the ECU.

Turbo button! LOL.


MITE46 did you see my PM on the ECU pins for "Driver's Wish sensor 1 & 2 - throttle". Sport button functionality? Any update on your sport button research with your dealer contacts?
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Old 02-16-2003, 01:04 PM   #30
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As you can see from my pic above and I believe MITE46 said nothing happens.

Since the step shift is a function of the tranny ECU and not an electronic, nothing happens. I assume if both signals are received at the same exact time, the ECU will nullify them.


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Dude, that is awesome! wait... no, that deserves the following: and

One question, did you find out what happens when both paddles are pulled together? You don't want to short out the step system. You might want to add an intermediate item in the cable to the 4 pin step connector that does something funky like if both are on, then switch back to SD mode or something. I forget my digital systems with gates as well.
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Old 02-16-2003, 01:10 PM   #31
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wow, and the other kit is like 400????????
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Old 02-16-2003, 02:39 PM   #32
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"MITE thanks for sharing the info without charging us $300 for it "

I totally agree...
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:20 PM   #33
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Re: Here is info about the step shift control.

Hmm I wonder what happens if you wire a button to the peddle kickdown. I really wonder what would happen if the ECU think's it is in kickdown no matter what speed, or peddle pressure? Realistically you are supposed to eliminate all throttle adaptation and tranny adaptation. Hmm I wonder if the Z4 sport button is jus wired this way?


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Basically everything is done in the tranny ECU so it just needs to be wired like MITE46 has done. Awesome job, thanks for figuring out this mod MITE46!



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Old 05-14-2003, 03:06 AM   #34
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Very good DIY info. Planning of just getting the Paddles installed on M Steering wheel and when warranty is over then start with the wiring...

Heard the paddles are pretty expensive... Someone here recommend me to get a new M Steering with Paddles and sell my old M Steering.

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Old 05-14-2003, 03:46 AM   #35
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I think you can get the SMG wheel for about $465 + shipping now...
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Old 05-14-2003, 04:28 AM   #36
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mite! nice work now u just have to match the car interior trim to the steering wheel, and possibly convert the auto bezel and selector nob to a manual style!!!
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Old 05-14-2003, 07:31 AM   #37
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I have been installing DDEs, switches, brakes and all kinds of stuff for Umnitza.com for a long time know.

Anyone in the MD/VA/PA/NJ/NY areas who wants to add this to their car or SAV give me a shout. I will install it FREE. I am, as many know already, in the beggining stages of opening a fulltime install business here locally, and this would be a perfect mod for my business. I just want the experience.

Take me up on it.

MITE, Great F***ING JOB!!!

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Old 05-14-2003, 12:25 PM   #38
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johnv325ci - thanks for the props...Good Luck on the business! =)

vids_blk323Ci - Yeah i need to work on the trim, not many non-fanatics notice though. Also, I can't change the boot shifter cus my mom drives my car sometimes...she won't know what to do heh...

Its funny how threads get dug up from the past...=)
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Old 05-14-2003, 12:42 PM   #39
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Very,very, very good DIY! I don't have an X5, but IF I ever get one, I'm heading right over to your crib to do this mod. Very nice. Time for you to apply to be a BMW certified mechanic. Heehe, j/k! Again, very nice. Great pics. We need more DIY's like this. Let's get this guy a beer..shall we?
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Old 05-14-2003, 01:21 PM   #40
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