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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 Wed, May-23-2018, 05:11:46 AM   #15
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Default Re: Build Journal - RTD shifter - SMG to 6sp conversion

5-22 - Update

Ok some progress and pictures. I'm now at the driveshaft removed stage and am stuck at exactly what I've been worried about - removing the shift actuator from the transmission without dropping it. As the picture below indicates I have dropped the trans a little bit, but am not letting it and the engine rest solely on the engine mounts, but it still seems like a tight fit.

Would removing the 3 10mm bolts that hold the main smg actuator body to the transmission free up some space to work to get the nut/bolt loose as well as the two round capture wires that hold the gear rod selector with a pin?

Should I go ahead and begin the process of removing the smg shifter mechanism inside and then drill out the 3" hole I'll need for the shifter. That way I have the room to work from above?

There's also the sound deadening material, but pretty sure I shouldn't hack that up right?

It also seems a bit tight to remove all the hydraulic lines - when removing the shift actuator, will all the lines come with or do they need to be separated individually? sorry if i'm coming across as an idiot here, but I really am just figuring this stuff out as I go.
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Discussing Build Journal - RTD shifter - SMG to 6sp conversion in the E46 M3 (2001-2006) Forum - Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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