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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
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Old Thu, May-16-2019, 03:22:31 PM   #1
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Default Tighten Up Shifter?

Is there any way to tighten up the shifter linkage on a 2002 E46 6MT M3?

We just used metal washers in place of the bushings on the old Taurus SHOs to do it, but that's American car. I'm not sure how to do it on a German car yet.
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Default Re: Tighten Up Shifter?

Best one for me is the delrin shifter carrier bushings in place of the soft rubber. I don't subscribe to replacing the rear bush with poly, as some will likely suggest.
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Default Re: Tighten Up Shifter?

Thanks, Tbone. Mind if I ask why you don't recommend the rear bushing?
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Try a new Delrin shifter cup.
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Try a new Delrin shifter cup.


Thatís interesting. Never seen derlin cup, only bushings. Mind posting a link? Thanks!
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Get an Autosolutions shift kit :-)
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Thanks, Tbone. Mind if I ask why you don't recommend the rear bushing?
It seems like, since it's not solid rubber, it only holds the back of the carrier, locates it. Then, introducing really stiff compound like poly just transmits more tranny NVH to your hand.

I think it was one of those, "what other products can we sell that are made out of poly?"
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Default Re: Tighten Up Shifter?

I've got the delrin carrier bushings and fresh stock bits everywhere else, with the shorter oe e60 shift lever. Very tight, only starting to get slightly worn ~30k miles later. Good budget option, otherwise get an autosolutions kit if you can afford it.
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Default Re: Tighten Up Shifter?

Thanks for the info. I'll probably use the delrin carrier bushing and shifter cup (I'm having trouble finding it, though). I'm gonna hold off on it for now, but I'll get around to it, eventually.
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Get an Autosolutions shift kit :-)
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