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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, May-09-2019, 10:01:46 PM   #51
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Have you done a shifter rebuild? I did a shifter rebuild with E60 shift lever install, and it tightened things up and made shifting great.
I also like my e60 shifter although I didnít go for the short shift version so itís a subtle difference. Probably took a cm of throw out of the movement.
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Old Fri, May-10-2019, 06:58:27 AM   #53
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I just had the ECS kit put in today, one thing I added was a delrin shifter carrier bushings on the shop's recommendation. I was pleasantly surprised how nice it feels. The 20% shorter throw was just what I was looking for, and while there are still some play, the shifting action and the feel is far more precise and direct. The ZHP feels great in my hand, my only complain about the ZHP knob is that the shorter stick means the shifter position is now not as well aligned with the arm rest. Still, vast improvement over the OE feel.
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Old Thu, May-16-2019, 05:56:10 AM   #54
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Talk to Roland.

30% and ZHP is the best overall do.it all combo.

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My new-to-me e46m3 came with a Dinan short shifter installed. It also had a ZHP shifter knob. It so ridiculously short, stiff, and notchy, getting into reverse literally took two hands. Awful. I replaced the ZHP shifter knob with the slightly taller M3 version and that helped a bunch. But getting into reverse is still seriously difficult though. Once the car has fully warmed up its almost livable, still very notchy though, IMHO, and still harder than I'd like getting into gears.

Is this normal? It just can't be normal... I have no idea what bushings/seals/whatever the previous owner used. The transmission shifts fine otherwise, doesn't grind or anything weird. It was an SMG transmission originally and converted maybe 5k miles ago. I'm tempted to purchase the "ecs shifter rebuild kit" and a stock shifter. Is there a slightly shorter stock like shifter that is not notchy? e60?

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Old Tue, Oct-08-2019, 07:30:08 AM   #56
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My new-to-me e46m3 came with a Dinan short shifter installed. It also had a ZHP shifter knob. It so ridiculously short, stiff, and notchy, getting into reverse literally took two hands. Awful. I replaced the ZHP shifter knob with the slightly taller M3 version and that helped a bunch. But getting into reverse is still seriously difficult though. Once the car has fully warmed up its almost livable, still very notchy though, IMHO, and still harder than I'd like getting into gears.

Is this normal? It just can't be normal... I have no idea what bushings/seals/whatever the previous owner used. The transmission shifts fine otherwise, doesn't grind or anything weird. It was an SMG transmission originally and converted maybe 5k miles ago. I'm tempted to purchase the "ecs shifter rebuild kit" and a stock shifter. Is there a slightly shorter stock like shifter that is not notchy? e60?

thanks!!


Go auto solutions, speak to the guy on the phone and heíll send everything you need or build a kit around exactly what youíre going for. Also his kit will work with the zhp knob which. Is ideal


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Old Tue, Oct-08-2019, 07:52:01 AM   #57
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My new-to-me e46m3 came with a Dinan short shifter installed. It also had a ZHP shifter knob. It so ridiculously short, stiff, and notchy, getting into reverse literally took two hands. Awful. I replaced the ZHP shifter knob with the slightly taller M3 version and that helped a bunch. But getting into reverse is still seriously difficult though. Once the car has fully warmed up its almost livable, still very notchy though, IMHO, and still harder than I'd like getting into gears.
Is this normal? It just can't be normal... I have no idea what bushings/seals/whatever the previous owner used. The transmission shifts fine otherwise, doesn't grind or anything weird. It was an SMG transmission originally and converted maybe 5k miles ago. I'm tempted to purchase the "ecs shifter rebuild kit" and a stock shifter. Is there a slightly shorter stock like shifter that is not notchy? e60? thanks!!
part of it sounds like the gear oil used. if it’s very cold where you live I suppose you could use a different blend. but if they didn’t use Pentosin after the manual swap I could see this being an issue. i would certainly consider this.

as for the Dinan lever, that’s just a lever from another model BMW. i don’t recall hearing people using that Dinan lever posting the severe issue you’re having. so hard to say if it’s other things in the linkage or even a misalignment of the new shift plate/bearing after the smg conversion.
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