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Old 05-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #301
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Yes, come back when you're in the middle of the job and need some perspective! That'll be a better time to ask for more help.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:21 PM   #302
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Does anyone have a diy for removing the step shifter?
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:23 AM   #303
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DIY: **The New Unofficial Auto ----> 5 speed swap** Lots of pictures!!!

Nobody has done this swap from a step tranny?


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Old 05-14-2013, 09:57 PM   #304
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OP did. Almost all automatics for the E46 have steptronic. There was only a few years that didn't come with it. Even if it's a non step tranny it should be exactly the same.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:42 AM   #305
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I know but he isnt answering, I just want to know what is the cable atached to the step shifter and is there anything special that needs to be done to get it out. I need to install a new step shifter.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:30 PM   #306
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I know but he isnt answering, I just want to know what is the cable atached to the step shifter and is there anything special that needs to be done to get it out. I need to install a new step shifter.
There are two cables.
One is a thin bowden cable for the ignition interlock.
The other is a thick bowden cable that moves a lever on the side of the transmission to select the gear.

Nothing special needs to be done for removal. You must adjust the second cable when you reinstall the shifter so the position on the gear shift corresponds to the gear the transmission is in. The procedure is explained in BMW TIS if you need details, but it isn't hard to figure it out by inspection.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #307
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Awesome DIY! I just finished my swap on a 99 323i (GM transmission) and had some info I wanted to pass on for anyone attempting this in the future.
Donor car was a 99 also.

1. 99 didn't use a clutch module (The one mounted on the master cylinder) So the wiring instructions were not useful for my car. The wiring for me only consisted of wiring pin 8 of the EWS to the purple/yellow wire on the brake harness. Now I don't care about clutch switches so if thats your thing this will work.

Here's the big thing that blew my mind - I have done NO recoding at all yet and my Traction control and cruise control work and I would imagine my ABS works but its dry and I can't test it yet, but no warning lights for those, I can enable and disable traction control with the switch and the car acts like it should in each state.
I imagine this has to do with the fact its an early e46 and there is some programming that is different.
I do have the explanation point surrounded by a gear in my dash but no gear letter. Also have a check engine light. So I would imagine recoding for me would just get rid of those warnings.

Car drives and shifts like it should. I kept the clutch fan and it only sounds like a helicopter when I first start driving then it kicks down or something and doesn't sound so loud.

If anyone every has any questions feel free to ask and I will try to help.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #308
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:58 PM   #309
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Greenmonster, can you measure the hole? I'm sure one of these plugs will fit. Can anyone confirm if the manual has a plug in place?

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #310
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #311
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This maybe a dumb question but during this swap where does the clutch master cylinder top line (8 in pic) plug into at the brake reservoir? Is there another reservoir i need since the car was an auto?



I think I see the braided line in this pic


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Old 06-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #312
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yes the brake reservoir has a nipple coming off the side. the end is pinched closed for the auto. you have to cut that end so the fluid will feed the line. don't cut it too short. leave the barb to seal and close the line with a clamp.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:24 PM   #313
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yes the brake reservoir has a nipple coming off the side. the end is pinched closed for the auto. you have to cut that end so the fluid will feed the line. don't cut it too short. leave the barb to seal and close the line with a clamp.
Probably would've been easy to see at home but I'm at work ordering parts so I appreciate the help!
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #314
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Please take a look in my pitiful thread;

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=990984

I've got a 2001 model year 325iT, and I'm having trouble with the wiring side of things.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:26 PM   #315
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Can this be done to a 2004 325i?
Yes! I finally got my 2004 M56 swap completed. The physical part is pretty much the same, the coding part apparently is much harder.

After reading every thread on coding and buying the EBay vag cable/dis I got nowhere (not a computer geek!)

Found a shop (European Auto Source, Anaheimn CA) that said they could code car from auto to manual. They couldn't, and charged me for the privilege of being told they couldn't do it!

Finally found Thomas at German Auto Recycling, Riverside, CA. Thomas was able to code my car for the agreed price
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #316
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Found a shop (European Auto Source, Anaheimn CA) that said they could code car from auto to manual. They couldn't, and charged me for the privilege of being told they couldn't do it!
You paid? Why?
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:08 PM   #317
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Coding an M56 manual swap shouldn't be harder than anything else...

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:12 PM   #318
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Coding an M56 manual swap shouldn't be harder than anything else...
Guy who walked the high wire over the Grand Canyon said it wasn't that much harder than in the circus tent. Easy for him to say.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #319
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Well I mean the procedure should be the same as any other E46 non-M manual swap. It's the same DME as 03/2003+ 325 and 330s. So it should come down to deleting option code 205, recoding all the modules, then clearing the DME adaptions.
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