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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 Wed, May-23-2018, 04:07:13 PM   #31
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Had a shipping deadline to get parts in on time to do my swap, but I did want to see what shorter throws feel like on this gearbox, so I went with stock everything except the BMW short shift lever.

Thanks for the input everyone, it definitely helped inform me for what I might want to do in the future. If I end up really liking the overall feel of new stock parts but find that I don't like the shorter throws of the bmw ssk so much, I'll probably try the AS 0% somewhere down the line. If I like the shorter throws maybe I'll try an AS 20%.

Or maybe, just maybe, my setup will be juust right for me

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I currently have the bmw performance lever. I also have a 550$ AS ultra kit.
the bmw performance is still in the car hahaha. the performance lever is that good.
I think a lever and bushing refresh is all you really need. the performance lever is soo smooth and buttery. ssk are for the track. all the available ones are over the top bling. and I had a auto solutuion ssk on my e92 328i. its nice but a a little too notchy my friend loved it though. I'm hoping this new one will be better as I've learned from the previous one I had.
if not it will be up for sale. if anyone wants an as ultra hmu might let her go before I even install it. 20% with the upgraded cartridge bearing and 1/2in taller to bring back to stock height with a zhp knob.

oh and don't forget your trans mounts. new oe or vibtratechnic. I have the VT and they're awesome.

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can't polish a turd... anyone of these suggestions can't 'fix' our junk transmission
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0% Autosolutions.

Stock with no slop at all would be an apt description. I love it.




Is yours truly 0%? I was informed ~5% is the closest achievable at a reasonable cost.
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Old Wed, May-23-2018, 11:44:19 PM   #36
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My worn out OE shifter got sloppy and caused me to miss 4th and 5th a lot. I thought it was my trans, but going Autosolutions 40% SSk, I love it.
It's a very crisp feel. It is very noticeable in which gears you go into and you can feel if you go into a gear or not.
Now for $450ish I spent for it, it decreases the throw and was a ***** to install, but the stock shifter throw didnt' bother me at all also. Refreshing your OEM one shouldn't be a problem if you like the length, but it's still some work to do also.
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Lmao I actually agree somewhat. After going back to back to test bmw manual transmission with my buddies S2k, 350z, and tsx,...bmw falls short. This was before I even bought my car and all stock cars. Also tested e92 m3 and E60 manual and they were all inferior in comparison imo. You get used to it, in time even learn to like it...until you drive another car with superior transmission lol.
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Lmao I actually agree somewhat. After going back to back to test bmw manual transmission with my buddies S2k, 350z, and tsx,...bmw falls short. This was before I even bought my car and all stock cars. Also tested e92 m3 and E60 manual and they were all inferior in comparison imo. You get used to it, in time even learn to like it...until you drive another car with superior transmission lol.

This is true. The stock shifter is OK even with refreshed bushings but compared to any of the cars above it is simply outclassed. I've had a UUC SSK for a couple years and overall I like it more than stock, however, the effort is higher than I'd like on cold days before the trans warms up. Once it warms up, it is pretty smooth and the gears are the right amount of notchy. But it is my daily and some days it would be nice to have the relatively light effort of the stock shifter.

One thing that turned me off on Autosolutions is their sales process seems to be stuck in the stone age (incomplete website, broken links, can't buy directly on website, etc). For a company that's been around for that long, that's odd. There is good technical info on there and many members have had a positive experience with their products but my money would go towards Rogue or UUC instead
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