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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, Feb-05-2017, 04:36:49 AM   #1
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Default OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

Has anyone tried both, I haven't read any negative reviews about the OEM Bmw short shift lever and because of the price it is more appealing, but is the Autosolutions kit worth it for a car mainly driven on the street?
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

The AS (or Rogue, which I prefer) is more expensive and more involving to install. It's also one of my absolute favorite parts of the car, something you feel and enjoy not just every drive but every shift. The lever is a cheap and simple upgrade, but the AS and RE kits are another level. Depends on your budget and maintenance schedule, etc.
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AS gets my vote
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Old Sun, Feb-05-2017, 06:54:04 AM   #4
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

I'm very happy with my Autosolutions 30% kit and I daily drive my M3
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

Questions - can the AS and/or RE units:

1. Be used with the stock lever, boot and knob (goal is factory height and appearance)

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2. Ordered with zero/near zero reduction in throw length? (slight reduction would be okay)

The only thing I'd like to improve is the shift action/engagement without altering throw or lever height or knob/boot.

Possible?
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Questions - can the AS and/or RE units:

1. Be used with the stock lever, boot and knob (goal is factory height and appearance)

AND

2. Ordered with zero/near zero reduction in throw length? (slight reduction would be okay)

The only thing I'd like to improve is the shift action/engagement without altering throw or lever height or knob/boot.

Possible?


1. Yes

2. AS has made a 5% in the past. Checking with Ronald today to see if he will include it in the current group buy.
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

I've had my AS kit for almost ten years and it remains the best single mod I've made to the car. At that time,the percentage of reduction was not an advertised option and I believe was a standard 30% as I recall from my conversation with Ronald. I think it was called the Ultimate or Ultra at the time. I use it with the stock knob and boot so the appearance is very much stock and the height reduction and throws are perfect for me. I think the ZCP knob makes it too low for my preference.

FWIW,I replaced the stock shifter with only 13K miles on the car so not like it was sloppy or worn out. My biggest complaint was the imprecision I felt existed in the stock shifter and it was way too easy to find fifth gear when going to third for example with anything remotely resembling a quicker than normal shift. By comparison,the AS kit is very precise and reduces the play found in even a fresh stock shifter and is something you enjoy every time you drive the car. Well worth the money IMO.
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

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Questions - can the AS and/or RE units:

1. Be used with the stock lever, boot and knob (goal is factory height and appearance)

AND

2. Ordered with zero/near zero reduction in throw length? (slight reduction would be okay)

The only thing I'd like to improve is the shift action/engagement without altering throw or lever height or knob/boot.

Possible?
AS made forum member TheStiG a zero reduction kit. Apparently, he loves it. Obioban was raving about it as well.

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How does the AS compare to something like the AKG or other motorsports style shifters. I'm leaving towards the new RTD shifter.
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Default Re: OEM BMW SSK or Autosolutions

Since it is an upgrade to just go with their shifter, period, and I like the idea of reducing the throw a little (had it on other cars) I probably will opt for the 20% reduction.

What's the deal on the install. I hear it is a real PIA. What's the main issue? Any ways to combat that? Since I might go for the CF drive shaft in the near future, would that make the install easier when the D/S is out?
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