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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Mon, Feb-06-2017, 08:46:34 PM   #31
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Default Re: ZF320 Detent Pin Question

I'll try that. I think I have some 220 laying around
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Old Mon, Feb-06-2017, 09:40:43 PM   #32
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I would normally agree with you, but the fitment and tolerance was so tight with mine, I had to tap it in with a rubber mallet (even when coated with white lithium grease) just to seat it on the end of the shifter and the gearshift rod joint.
make sure its not too tight! i had to shave mine down with some sand paper otherwise when it got hot from the exhaust it would begin to bind. Just an FYI
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make sure its not too tight! i had to shave mine down with some sand paper otherwise when it got hot from the exhaust it would begin to bind. Just an FYI
Thanks for that.

This just gives me a better excuse to remove it.

I'll be sure to sand it down a bit.

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Ok, got my shifter today, holy crap was that fast. It only took 3 days from Beirut to AZ lol.

First thing I can see, did you center/align the angle of the RTD lever with your transmission selector rod/DSSR in the neutral 3-4 plane? I can see right now that this could be your issue if you did not.

This thing is pretty sweet.

I'll try to get it installed tonight or tomorrow and report back.
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Ok, got my shifter today, holy crap was that fast. It only took 3 days from Beirut to AZ lol.

First thing I can see, did you center/align the angle of the RTD lever with your transmission selector rod/DSSR in the neutral 3-4 plane? I can see right now that this could be your issue if you did not.

This thing is pretty sweet.

I'll try to get it installed tonight or tomorrow and report back.
Nice! Mine took two extra days because it got caught up in customs in the UK and Los Angeles.



The angle pivot was originally untouched and then I started to mess with it to see if it would help.

As it arrived:



After I made changes to allow more leftward movement of the shifter itself (towards 1-2 and R):



I have since set it back after having a friend tell me that it was better before I adjusted the pivot.
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Also, when you say angle you mean set the DSSR to neutral between 3-4 and then connected it to the base of the shifter?
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Exactly. You want to use the unloaded DSSR, sitting in neutral as your angle reference for the RTD shift lever. They must be as close to parallel as possible or you're loading the selector shaft.

Also, to adjust the lever rotation you need to loosen the large 12MM nut as well.

I'll try to get some sort of write-up done if I'm successful lol.
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Cool.

IIRC I did follow that procedure (instinctually, ironically) but there's a good chance I ****ed something up along the way though
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I didn't notice this when I did all my detente pins /springs / bushings back in April of last year.

But I didn't go with the same SSK setup you guys have - I went with the Rogue weighted shift rod / SSK instead of the DSSR.

In any case, it just all felt tight and new - but it wasn't TOO TIGHT!

I don't thing that thing could rotate inside the tranny, though - I'd keep looking at your shifter and seeing if you can see what's placing all that pressure on the lever.
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I didn't notice this when I did all my detente pins /springs / bushings back in April of last year.

But I didn't go with the same SSK setup you guys have - I went with the Rogue weighted shift rod / SSK instead of the DSSR.

In any case, it just all felt tight and new - but it wasn't TOO TIGHT!

I don't thing that thing could rotate inside the tranny, though - I'd keep looking at your shifter and seeing if you can see what's placing all that pressure on the lever.


I'm curious if I need to drive it a bit for things to loosen up.

I'm hoping it's just that simple and I got my panties in a bunch over nothing...

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