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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 07-21-2010, 12:23 AM   #1
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how hard is it to put a short shifter in a XI?

i searched and have talk to users on other sites that have a xi and been getting two different anserws.

one anserw is you need to drop youre drive shaft and install it from under the car.

and the other anserw i was told is it can be installed from inside the car and takes no more than 30 minutes.

can anybody help me figure out which one is right?

i would love this mod but will not be willing to drop the drive shaft to achieve it.


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Old 07-22-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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i would like to know this as well
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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same here...
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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I'm on board to know. I have been told that XIs have to loosen or drop the driveshaft, but confirmation would be nice.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:55 AM   #5
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I just did this this past week, and this is what I had to do:

Lower your exhaust enough to slide the exhaust heat shield back enough for you to access the top of the tranny. I supported the tranny with a jack and then removed the tranny cross brace completely. I then lowered the tranny about an inch. You will now have access to the top of the tranny to remove and install the b!tch clip.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:00 PM   #6
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i was told by a user on here he did this all from above. here is what he told me:

just pop off the carrier bushing and thats it. you also have to wiggle to get the pin out but thats it? it takes 30mins nothing needs to be dropped from below.

im looking into using this short shifter since its oem and cheaper than aftermarket ones:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=short+shifter

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:17 PM   #7
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i was told by a user on here he did this all from above. here is what he told me:

just pop off the carrier bushing and thats it. you also have to wiggle to get the pin out but thats it? it takes 30mins nothing needs to be dropped from below.

im looking into using this short shifter since its oem and cheaper than aftermarket ones:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...=short+shifter

i wish somebody would do a diy short shifter for the xi if it can be done from above.
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:06 PM   #8
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I did it from above too - all you need to do is remove the transfer case mounting bolt (that mounts it to the body) to get some room. It takes patience to get the small allens into the carrier, but it can be done.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:34 AM   #9
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I did it from above too - all you need to do is remove the transfer case mounting bolt (that mounts it to the body) to get some room. It takes patience to get the small allens into the carrier, but it can be done.
how much would you charge to do this?
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