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Old 11-27-2012, 02:09 AM   #181
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finally got it done!! E60 Shifter works great. it was a pain in the butt to remove the bushing, so broke it off and took more than what i thought but end result is awesome. make me wanna shift more Thanks to Blocked out!

here is a little video

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:26 AM   #182
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How long did it take to install? Looks really good

Maybe a video with everything back in place and shifter knob on....
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:33 AM   #183
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^it's a really easy install... I did the Z3 shifter and ZHP knob DIY though.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #184
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How long did it take to install? Looks really good

Maybe a video with everything back in place and shifter knob on....
actually it took me about an hour coz i had only a 3 ton jack to raise the car up and it was really hard to get underneath and get to that circlip. took a while. also my shift knob would not come off the shifter so had to remove the whole assembly together from the gear lever. but in the end hard work paid off. i will post up a video with everything back on today sometime.
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:59 AM   #185
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here is the requested video from me..i hope it helps

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Old 11-28-2012, 02:31 AM   #186
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Bookmarking this for later :O
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:33 AM   #187
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^it's a really easy install... I did the Z3 shifter and ZHP knob DIY though.
Is the z3 shifter shorter than the e60 one?
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:31 AM   #188
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Is the z3 shifter shorter than the e60 one?
I believe so, but here is my Z3 shifter with zhp knob. I love it.

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #189
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HERE IS A BETTER VIDEO IN DAYLIGHT {SLIPPER SLIPPERY }


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Old 11-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #190
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how can one tell if one has a non short one? My car is a 00 323ci with I think sport package idk how to tell that either...lol. and I installed that knob,didnt come with it
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:22 PM   #191
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how can one tell if one has a non short one? My car is a 00 323ci with I think sport package idk how to tell that either...lol. and I installed that knob,didnt come with it
sport package doesn't matter. You have the stock shifter, but just adding the ZHP knob instead of the stock knob cuts about 2" off anyway.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #192
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I get you. So would I benefit from something like this? I just don't back up wasting 300+ on a shifter.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #193
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So break it down for me. What's the best shifter I can get and what bushings. Don't wanna go through all the pages to figure it out
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:38 PM   #194
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Thanks so much...that looks like sex

i needed it yesterday
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #195
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I believe so, but here is my Z3 shifter with zhp knob. I love it.

That, sir, looks Tremendous. Link to Write-up, DIY, or part?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:57 PM   #196
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That, sir, looks Tremendous. Link to Write-up, DIY, or part?
Thanks man, I will warn you though, the Z4(I wrote Z3 earlier, I meant Z4) shifter is NOT bent and does require a longer throw to 3rd and 5th gear, its perfect for me because I have longer arms and sit pretty close to the pedals. I have heard of people putting it in a vise and bending it slightly, just make sure you bend it the correct direction.

All that said, it is a SUPER short throw and I love it. It's really the mod I enjoy the most. Here is the DIY if you wish to pursue this

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=856105

It's a pretty cheap and an easy DIY. Also, ordering from www.getbmwparts.com or something like that will save you some cash.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:38 AM   #197
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Indecisive...... >_<. 545 shifter or z4????? Any advice people????
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:48 AM   #198
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Indecisive...... >_<. 545 shifter or z4????? Any advice people????
If I've understood Tampa, the z4 is even shorter than the 545. The 545 shifter is bent, however, which effectively brings the gears "closer to you" and a gradient, which makes the shifting action more ergonomic.

Max shortness/directness or better shortness/directness with ergonomic consideration? Hmm...
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:51 AM   #199
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We should compile a list of shifters that are E46 compatible and list their features. So far we have z4 and e60 545. any more?
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:55 AM   #200
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If I've understood Tampa, the z4 is even shorter than the 545. The 545 shifter is bent, however, which effectively brings the gears "closer to you" and a gradient, which makes the shifting action more ergonomic.

Max shortness/directness or better shortness/directness with ergonomic consideration? Hmm...
Yeah too long of a thread to read on my iPhone at work lol. But after reading some of it I'm going nuts just thinking I still have a stock shifter
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