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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 Thu, Feb-13-2020, 07:11:11 PM   #11
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Default Re: RTD vs CAE vs Coolerworx

CAE also has a street version which is lower than their standard. None of these solid shifters will be as low as stock though.
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I bought the CAE Street for my E36 (same part as for E46), but have not yet installed it. It is about 3” shorter than the regular CAE and the upper part of the base is slightly more compact. The gear pattern is about 3/8” wider than the regular one.
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Hey guys, RTD is local to me and I've personally spoken to the owner regarding lead times on orders.
These shifters are made to order in many cases, as there are 14 variants just for BMWs, and ppl like to customize their orders, and at RTD, they take great care to produce a quality product, this takes some time, but they are guaranteed to always deliver

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Old Fri, Feb-14-2020, 07:13:05 AM   #14
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Regarding the CC Processing for the RTD shifter, I had to call my bank and have them unblock the transaction.

I used the long non-lockout (wish I went with lockout for autoxing) in my E30 S54 swap. Easy to install, but I had to use an adjustable DSSR to get it right with the 6 Speed, but I like the fact I can position my shifter fore/aft and left/right.





I had to mill the RTD lower mating surfaces to fit the CAE adjustable DSSR:
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Thanks for the thread. I think you've talked me into a Coolerworx for the drift car. The current AKG shifter makes me incredibly frustrated.
What don't you like about the AKG out of curiosity? Everyone who has used one seems to be pretty satisfied with them (including myself). Is it because it isn't self centering?
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What don't you like about the AKG out of curiosity? Everyone who has used one seems to be pretty satisfied with them (including myself). Is it because it isn't self centering?
Yes, it's because it is not self centering. That puts it in a different category than these.
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Since it about shifters how about NP parts shifter .



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Yes, it's because it is not self centering. That puts it in a different category than these.

That sounds terrible.
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Yes, it's because it is not self centering. That puts it in a different category than these.
When you're going sideways at 50-90mph and have to nail a downshift from 3rd to 2nd and hit the reverse gate.

OCCASIONALLY I go 2nd to 5th too but that's a little more rare.

I think for HPDE's it would probably be okay, but the self centering shifters are on another level.

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A fourth option in this style is the IRP, but I haven't seen it mentioned as much as these other three.

https://www.condorspeedshop.com/coll...self-centering

I think ECS sells them too. I've seen one in person and played with it installed in an E82 1-series, felt pretty nice. I wonder how it compares. I've been eyeing a CAE for a while, but that price tag is so, so hard to swallow.

Either way, thanks for the quick reviews!
I had an IRP self centering for a short period of time on my SMG->6mt conversion. i found it to rattle a little too much for my taste and install was a pain since i didn't get the holes lined up correctly the first time and had to redrill to fix the shifters position. Its nice that you can adjust the 1-2 and 5-6 side to side travel and having the reverse lockout is a must for SMG transmission. Got tired of it after 4 months and ordered an RTD which was much more expensive but you can see the craftmanship is at a different level.

If you have a 6mt tranny the RTD self centering spring is much stronger than the IRP, Makes for a workout if you are daily driving your M. On my SMG tranny its perfect.
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