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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 Sat, Sep-21-2019, 12:27:47 AM   #1
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Default Gearstick linkage yellow washers

Are the yellow washers on the gearstick linkage made from a tough material like Delrin?

They don't seem to last long. Has anyone replaced them with a tougher material or just put metal washers on instead?
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AFAIK, BMW revised the shifters and the selector rod joints to be used without those yellow washers.
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AFAIK, BMW revised the shifters and the selector rod joints to be used without those yellow washers.
Was this a modification to the E46 M3 gearstick or a change in the parts conned to it?
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Was this a modification to the E46 M3 gearstick or a change in the parts conned to it?
It's a update to the selector rod joint:

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...nt-25111222688
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The gear lever was updated as well.
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I've never seen one worn out (too many to count). What exactly are you doing wrong to kill them?
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I've never seen one worn out (too many to count). What exactly are you doing wrong to kill them?
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The gear lever was updated as well.
Don't see the new updated shift lever on realOEM. Anyone has the pic of the new and old levers for the difference?
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I've never seen one worn out (too many to count). What exactly are you doing wrong to kill them?
I just have a lot of gearstick slop that I would like to cure.

When I heard there had been a revision to the linkage. I thought I would fit it but could find no information about the parts required.
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I just have a lot of gearstick slop that I would like to cure.

When I heard there had been a revision to the linkage. I thought I would fit it but could find no information about the parts required.
Ok, but that isn't due to the yellow washers.

The majority of gear stick slop comes from the foam bushing in the selector rod joint disintegrating. You can change to the updated aluminum version. It will come with fresh foam and revised mounting that doesn't use the washers. The foam wears out ever ~5 years or so.

You should also replace the carrier bushings front/rear and the gear lever can be shimmed to take the slop out of the rubber isolator.

Selector Rod Joint - Alu version
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...t/25117580281/

Front Carrier Bushings - Aftermarket Delrin
https://www.rogueengineering.com/Rog...ings_p_69.html

Rear Carrier Bushing - Aftermarket Poly
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-turner-m...021012tms02~a/

OEM M Performance Shift Lever
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...r/25117527259/

The foam in the selector rod joint I'm talking about (25111434194);


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