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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 Fri, Dec-08-2017, 10:06:10 PM   #41
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RTD in my e46. Was so impressed with it I couldn't imagine how cae could be an improvement. I haven't tried a cae but I just can't imagine the shift I have right now to be bettered.

I have recently just bought 2 more. One for my E30 and another for my friends e46.

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Old Fri, Feb-09-2018, 04:46:46 PM   #42
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My replacement RTD shifter arrived yesterday with the reverse lockout.

I've been having some problems at my favorite track with hitting the reverse gate when shifting from 3-2 with my current RTD shifter, so this should address that.

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Look at that burn mark... #fakeshifter #fakenews
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Old Fri, Feb-09-2018, 10:03:49 PM   #44
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Old Sat, Feb-10-2018, 01:48:19 AM   #45
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i put the rtd shifter in with vorshlag motor mounts (red poly) and trans 80a. NVH was a bit more than i was expecting.

Anyone have recommendations to reduce the NVH, another thread suggested rogue in the trans but i'm not sure those are stiff enough for this shifter or will actually reduce the NVH.
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I don't understand the "knock off" comment. There are only so many ways an isolated race shifter can be designed. CAE, RTD, Samsonas. They all follow the same basic principle which is to make the shifter part of the chassis as opposed to part of the moving drivetrain. Samsonas resembles the basic design of both the RTD and the CAE. Samsonas makes full sequential, dog boxes, you name it and they make it. Are we going to call them a knock off too? No we are not because that would be foolish.

So coming from a person who has used all of the following shifters: CAE, RTD, Samsonas, UUC evo3, BMW Performance. UUC and BMW performance shifter are shit. Any stock style shifter is not going to feel nearly as good because you are still using BMW's flawed shifting setup.

RTD and CAE feel identical. They are a very similar design so they should. The only reason samsonas feels any different to me is because the entire shifter is machined from a solid block of aluminum and there is no shift knob. Its just metal. Hellish. If it had a shift knob it would feel the same as all the other trash.

For me, if its between RTD and CAE, i'm getting RTD because there are no advantages to the CAE for the extra money. There is no engineering marvel that makes the CAE worth another $300-400 or whatever it is.
I'm kind of in this same boat. I have an autosolutions shift kit on the car now and I want to replace it while the entire drivetrain is out of the car. Some folks I know and trust have RTD in their car and are happy with it. I actually like the idea of it being a little lower also (I think I've seen a few people with the extra tall shifters hitting the center net while shifting).
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I have installed CAE shifter to my car and I am daily driving it. I am living in Cincinnati and the weather tends to be really cold. During cold weather it might get notchy however when the fluids are hot the car shifts smooth and awesome. The issue I am seeing is between 1-2 when the weather really gets cold otherwise every other shift is really good. I really like my shifter and really happy with the choice I have made
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Rtd are top class. Have bought 3 of them now
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I have installed CAE shifter to my car and I am daily driving it. I am living in Cincinnati and the weather tends to be really cold. During cold weather it might get notchy however when the fluids are hot the car shifts smooth and awesome. The issue I am seeing is between 1-2 when the weather really gets cold otherwise every other shift is really good. I really like my shifter and really happy with the choice I have made
I'm sorry you live in Cincinnati.
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