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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 Sun, Apr-14-2019, 02:12:46 AM   #1
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Default Short shifter

Anyone find a solution to the sloppy E46 shifter?

Iíve heard Dinanís is decent, would appreciate any recs to tighten up the shifting during spirited/track use.

Still looking for oem look, not CAE or anything.


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Anyone find a solution to the sloppy E46 shifter?

Iíve heard Dinanís is decent, would appreciate any recs to tighten up the shifting during spirited/track use.

Still looking for oem look, not CAE or anything.


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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.
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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 have not, thank you for the information. This sounds like a good option.


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Default Re: Short shifter

Was going to say, have you rebuilt the shifter assembly? Mine was toast and needed to rebuild. I bought dinan's short shifter though and replaced everything while doing it. Ecs tuning has a nice rebuild kit

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Was going to say, have you rebuilt the shifter assembly? Mine was toast and needed to rebuild. I bought dinan's short shifter though and replaced everything while doing it. Ecs tuning has a nice rebuild kit

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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?


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Two words.

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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?


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I did my rebuild at 79k miles. Made a big difference.
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Interested to hear some AS users feedback on long term usage.
When i first bought mine for my e92 it felt way too notchy and stiff. Ive heard they loosen up after some time wondering if there is any truth to that
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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?
think about it..it goes by shifts and not miles. the amount of shifting and force used is what wears down the bushings/parts. but with 116K miles one can expect many shift throws were done. iíve seen them completely shot before 100k. at a minimum i would do a rebuild/refresh.

the next thing is deciding while youíre in there if to replace with an aftermarket kit. personally i like the Rogue Engineering over UUC, but without question the Auto Solutions kit is the best feel and quality imho.
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