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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, Sep-06-2015, 06:42:05 PM   #11
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I got the pin installed with minimal force. I wasn't getting good photos with my camera because it was having trouble focusing so I tried another approach. I blackened the end of the pin with a felt pen and inserted it into the hole. That showed me the misalignment. It took only a couple of tries to get it aligned so there was no visible misalignment. At that point, the pin still wouldn't insert with finger pressure, so I lightly tapped it with a 3/8" ratchet. It went almost all the way in. I wiggled the transmission up and down while tapping and it went the rest of the way in. That's the ticket.
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I chamfered the edge of the pin. Took only a few minutes to install.

This. I took a filer and made the edges of the pin dull. This is the hardest part of the job, no doubt. Somewhat comical to read about your pain (no offense). A right of passage because we know what you're going through, but you'll soon be on the other side of the pond and can read the next poor soul's review of the install. that being said, I supported the transmission with a low profile jack lifting the transmission and pressing the carrier against the tunnel. Took a long dowel and dead blow hammer to tap the carrier into position. I used a cheap dental kit i bought at Walmart (the small mirror) to check my position. It sucks. No way around it. GL


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Old Mon, Sep-07-2015, 03:47:31 AM   #13
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oh gawd... the pin alignment.
It's been 2 years since I did this and just thinking about it still gets my blood pressure up.
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Well, it's done and I took the car for a test drive. What a difference! I'm really impressed. The shifter is somewhat stiff and more notchy, but the precision is amazing. I also like the shorter throw and shorter lever.

As I said previously, I was able to get the pin inserted with minimal force by aligning the carrier. I did not have to chamfer the pin. I prefer the method I used for aligning the carrier to get the pin inserted rather than using force.

The reassembly process went without a hitch. I took my time and power washed the underbody trays and exhaust shield and did some degreasing. Also did an oil change and vacuumed the car. Also looked at the RACP, which shows no signs of cracking.

The only thing I wish I had done was get a new set of rear fasteners for section 2. They weren't in terrible condition, but they were more corroded than I would prefer. The front fasteners were in good condition. I replaced both the front and rear gaskets. The rear gaskets were in good enough condition to have been reused, but the front gaskets definitely needed to be replaced.

I wasn't sure what to expect coming from the UUC shifter. The build quality of the UUC shifter and DSSR is good, but I think its downfall is relying upon the OEM carrier bushing. It's too soft. I also think the AutoSolutions selector rod design is better, because it eliminates play for the pins. The UUC DSSR is very well made, but I believe the design introduces more play because the pin is not fixed like the AutoSolutions selector rod. I don't think the improvements of the evo3 address either of those issues.
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It'll loosen up after a couple of hundred miles. Have about 50k on my 30% and still feels great.
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It'll loosen up after a couple of hundred miles. Have about 50k on my 30% and still feels great.
Ahh.... the pain of aligning the pin.

I actually like the mechanically feel when it's new. One of the best mods for the car. BMW should have done this from factory. IMHO.
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It'll loosen up after a couple of hundred miles. Have about 50k on my 30% and still feels great.
Yep! Report back in 500 miles! It gets much less notchy in short order.
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since the old pin is a pain to get off I just bought a new second pin. they're so inexpensive why not?
I test fitted the new one to the AutoSolution kit, chamfered the pin's tip ever so slightly. I read where people freeze the pin the night before to aid in fitment. it went in without much hassle. I also used a smaller bolt (size) than pin as my alignment starter. wiggle it around inside prior gets it aligned. doing these tricks it went in easier than my previous UUC kit.

but I feel your pain being a first timer.
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It's a while since I installed the shifter. As expected, it loosened up somewhat (in terms of effort), but it is still very precise. No regrets at all. I highly recommend the AS shifter.
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It's a while since I installed the shifter. As expected, it loosened up somewhat (in terms of effort), but it is still very precise. No regrets at all. I highly recommend the AS shifter.
I was actually just thinking about my 20% AS SSK kit that I've had installed in my car since the spring. I think it's my favorite mod that I've done to my car so far. I just love how it pops into gear; super precise and no excess force needed. Everyone needs to do this mod!!

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