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Old 08-09-2010, 02:39 PM   #101
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thanks for the link, it was a good review. that reminds me, i'll look into my bushings and rod joint. what set up did you end up going with?
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:01 PM   #102
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thanks for the link, it was a good review. that reminds me, i'll look into my bushings and rod joint. what set up did you end up going with?
havnt done it yet but i am set on the z4 3.0 set up. it works perfect accroding to phamine.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:20 PM   #103
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yeah that sounds like a good setup, plus you avoid any guibo and driveshaft clearance issues. keep us updated
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #104
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how much would this mod cost and by the way awsome post
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Old 08-13-2010, 01:53 PM   #105
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how much would this mod cost and by the way awsome post
Parts total for me were a little over $150 but I don't think I got the best deals ever.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:04 PM   #106
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Parts total for me were a little over $150 but I don't think I got the best deals ever.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=778387

check this out. I posted the tischer checkout box at the end of it so you can add it up for yourself
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Old 08-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #107
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^was gonna post the exact same thing
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:29 AM   #108
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:14 AM   #109
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:43 PM   #110
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hey blocked out do you have any other mods for e46 330ci's??
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:27 PM   #111
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hey blocked out do you have any other mods for e46 330ci's??
What do you mean by that?

Do I know anything else that could be done to a 330? or do you mean if I personally have any other mods?

Just to let you know , I dont own a 330 but I'm fortunate enough to drive a car that has an M54B30 under the bonnet. I only have headers and free flow exhaust on this car along with the 545i shifter.

If you meant if I knew any other mods that could be done to a 330, then sure: there are a tonne of relatively cheap mods, one of them being ZHP or other cams. Current cost of NEW ZHP cams is $400 thought a sponsor on this board , price of Schrick cams is around $1100 new , which I think is a little too much but will give you more power. Installation if cams is incredibly simple, I'm not even joking. When I was swapping a new head in my car, cam install was by far the EASIEST thing as log as you stay on track.

Other mod is headers. I believe that headers are the BEST bang for your HP, because you can instantly feel the power. Every time I get in my car I thank myself for installing headers as without them the car wouldnt feel right.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:55 AM   #112
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wow thanks blockedout, i appreciate u taking ur time for helping me...

ill keep you posted
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:30 PM   #113
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x-posting from the shifter guide thread, I'm going with the Z4 3.0 shifter setup as well, will review and update once it's installed.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:14 PM   #114
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first of all thanks Blocked Out for the write up and pics!

Parts cost about $120USD for the shift knob, plastic washer and shift lever. My initial reaction is the knob is much nicer than the goose neck wooden one, which my hand has slipped on several times. The actual shifter and new knob combination however isnt drastically different to the stock set up. I barely notice a difference in shifting, doesn't feel much shorter. I think the knob sits slightly lower but not by much. If you're expecting a big difference from doing this mod, you likely need to go with another solution. Just my personal review, you may feel differently however.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:01 PM   #115
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just completed this mod this past weekend

first of all thanks Blocked Out for the write up and pics!

Parts cost about $120USD for the shift knob, plastic washer and shift lever. My initial reaction is the knob is much nicer than the goose neck wooden one, which my hand has slipped on several times. The actual shifter and new knob combination however isnt drastically different to the stock set up. I barely notice a difference in shifting, doesn't feel much shorter. I think the knob sits slightly lower but not by much. If you're expecting a big difference from doing this mod, you likely need to go with another solution. Just my personal review, you may feel differently however.
did you go with the 545i shifter?
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:46 PM   #116
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i have a oem shortshifter from understeer.com

and works really well few kinks i worked out and its wicked low

i guess you could call it a stubby shifter
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:06 PM   #117
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so did we decide this is or is not possible on an xi? As in, yes it can be done but its a pita, or no, you have to take too much **** apart to get to it?
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I just helped a buddy of mine install the BMW Performance short shifter in his 06 330ci. What a big difference...I told him that he should have considered the 545i shifter for the cost factor.
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so did we decide this is or is not possible on an xi? As in, yes it can be done but its a pita, or no, you have to take too much **** apart to get to it?
What are you talking about?

It works on an Xi, many people are using it, some even from this thread.

the guy who couldnt install it simply couldnt take out the old one thats why he quit. He tried 3 times to tale the old one out but couldnt, so he quit and sold the parts.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:48 PM   #120
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What are you talking about?

It works on an Xi, many people are using it, some even from this thread.

the guy who couldnt install it simply couldnt take out the old one thats why he quit. He tried 3 times to tale the old one out but couldnt, so he quit and sold the parts.
Sorry, wasnt that clear. my question was more about an XI in general. Is the only way to do this to drop the transfer case/axels?
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