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Old 11-08-2007, 11:45 PM   #61
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Hi, Im going to try this on my 330ci 2004, I have gathered a lot of the info and have the wheel on its way from the USA to the UK but I am struggling to find how the get the cover around the gearstick off, the one with the shifting lights. Is it just pull off or is there hidden screws, I only got the car yesterday :-) and dont want to break it, wife would not be impressed.
I have done a search but it doesnt really go into any detail they usually just say remove the trim. Thanks for any info.
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This was actually really easy once you figure out what and how to take off the necessary parts in order to run the wiring. I did this with Valmont about a year ago on my car, and once we were done, we realized how easy it could have been. You need any help, let me or him know.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:38 PM   #62
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the trim just pulls off I have found, easy :-)
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Old 11-19-2007, 02:46 PM   #63
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just finished my steering wheel conversion on my 330ci much easier than you think. I bought my parts from this seller in the US (keshav246) http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...RL:MOTORS:1123 and got them sent to the Uk. Half the price as in the Uk and original Bmw stuff, I highly recommend this seller.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:33 AM   #64
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:19 PM   #65
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well these aren't instructions....if u want to do this yourself PM with your questions and I can answer them for you...

If you feel its too hard I suggest you get Vince's paddle shift kit complete with instructions etc.

X5 and 3er are the same....use the search options therea re so many threads that talk about paddleshift stuff...good luck
Mite, i just checked out your site and dude your a f**cking genius!!!!!!!

Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowladge for nothing but a few "thanks"
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:01 PM   #66
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Is the SMG steering column necessary? Looking at your pics your old steering column and the new one look identical. I also looked up the part number "61318379091" on real OEM and it's the same on all e46 M3 coupes (there's no differentiation between SMG and non SMG)

The reason I'm saying this is that I tried to swap my friend's 330 SMG steering wheel to the E46 M3 SMG steering wheel tonight and the paddles don't work on his car... I can't figure out why...
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:32 AM   #67
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Do you think this would lower the x5's 0-60 close to the manuals time?

The obvious difference not being able to rev before take off.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:45 AM   #68
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Do you think this would lower the x5's 0-60 close to the manuals time?

The obvious difference not being able to rev before take off.
lol no, there's more of a drivetrain loss/slower shifting with an automatic. If you want faster shifting with the automatic I think you'd have to go with a different automatic transmission setup
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:03 PM   #69
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Pardon my ignorance, I've never owned an automatic so don't really know much about them.

I'm looking into buying a facelift E53 3.0D but I'm undecided over whether to get an auto or manual. I quite fancy the benefit of having an auto, just a big cruiser. However I don't really wanna be a lot slower than the manual. With that said I know its not going to be a quick car with its size and weight.

Surely the paddle shift would drop the 8.5sec 0-60 a little?

What would be involved in having a different transmission setup?
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #70
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Why are the pics not working?
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:31 PM   #71
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looking at the broken pics too. Guess they are too old.
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Old 03-15-2011, 02:46 AM   #72
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ima try to get this done asap , but do I need that wire harness mite makes or can i just get the cdrom cables and use em with out any modding ?
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:30 AM   #73
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I have a set of shift paddles for sale if anyone needs em , I doubt Mite sells harnesses, you would probably have to pick some up at Radioshack or Micro center and splice em
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:57 PM   #74
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Does this MIT guy even exist anymore?
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:57 PM   #75
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Does this MIT guy even exist anymore?
He sort of grew up. Moved to California works at a firm as an engineer tech, makes a sh!tload of money, got a big house, a supermodel wife, a bunch of kids and a dog and drives an 2011 BMW X6 M!

If you google him I think somewhere has information on what he is doing these days.

Its crazy to think that this guy was active here as far back as 2002, 2001 and even 2000 with his DIY innovations that still make us marvel 10 years later today!

He single handily kick started the E46 DIY world!

I think at the time his only counterpart was Mr PaddleShift who was also an early E46 DIY genius but Paddle shift got greedy and quit the forums to start his own internet business 'selling' DIY write ups and offering DIY assistance.

Since him back in 2002 members like SNA77, ADA/Flash, KPeng and a few others early on took the DIY torch to new heights
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:32 AM   #76
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i just found out to activate SSG paddleshift in e46.
cause at first if not modified it cannot use the paddleshift.

find in here:

www.modifikasimotors.com



after i follow the instruction i can use it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:52 PM   #77
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mite 46,

Instructions load but pictures do not. Can you correct? I have the wheel and need your pictures. I remember it from Xoutpost and with pictures it is the best I have ever seen.

Really need the pictures!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:18 PM   #78
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anyone know how to reach MITE46 or where I can find the pictures go with his DIY paddle shift conversion?
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:17 PM   #79
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anyone know how to reach MITE46 or where I can find the pictures go with his DIY paddle shift conversion?
There are like a billion DIYs in here with pictures and stuff. This one by MITE46 is the oldest thread on it.

I will dig up the newer threads.

EDIT: Here you go

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/search....=27878229&psa=

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=shift+paddles
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:05 AM   #80
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hi there i have just done this retro smg but my air bag light has come on and wont go off i have a airbag reset tool it just keeps coming back on????
any addvice please,and by the way i managed to damage the slip ring while taking it out all off the cables are hagging out the slip ring any addvice on how to put it back in lol
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