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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, Apr-14-2019, 02:12:46 AM   #1
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Anyone find a solution to the sloppy E46 shifter?

Iíve heard Dinanís is decent, would appreciate any recs to tighten up the shifting during spirited/track use.

Still looking for oem look, not CAE or anything.


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Anyone find a solution to the sloppy E46 shifter?

Iíve heard Dinanís is decent, would appreciate any recs to tighten up the shifting during spirited/track use.

Still looking for oem look, not CAE or anything.


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Have you done a shifter rebuild? I did a shifter rebuild with E60 shift lever install, and it tightened things up and made shifting great.
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Have you done a shifter rebuild? I did a shifter rebuild with E60 shift lever install, and it tightened things up and made shifting great.


I have not, thank you for the information. This sounds like a good option.


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Have you done a shifter rebuild? I did a shifter rebuild with E60 shift lever install, and it tightened things up and made shifting great.
I also like my e60 shifter although I didnít go for the short shift version so itís a subtle difference. Probably took a cm of throw out of the movement.
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Default Re: Short shifter

Was going to say, have you rebuilt the shifter assembly? Mine was toast and needed to rebuild. I bought dinan's short shifter though and replaced everything while doing it. Ecs tuning has a nice rebuild kit

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Was going to say, have you rebuilt the shifter assembly? Mine was toast and needed to rebuild. I bought dinan's short shifter though and replaced everything while doing it. Ecs tuning has a nice rebuild kit

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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?


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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?


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I did my rebuild at 79k miles. Made a big difference.
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Old Sun, Apr-14-2019, 06:44:46 PM   #8
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Is there a normal time for when rebuild is necessary? The car has 116k miles, does that seem early for a rebuild?
think about it..it goes by shifts and not miles. the amount of shifting and force used is what wears down the bushings/parts. but with 116K miles one can expect many shift throws were done. iíve seen them completely shot before 100k. at a minimum i would do a rebuild/refresh.

the next thing is deciding while youíre in there if to replace with an aftermarket kit. personally i like the Rogue Engineering over UUC, but without question the Auto Solutions kit is the best feel and quality imho.
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My Autosolutions Shifter is still excellent after eleven years and 43k miles,actually better than when it was new. It took a few hundred miles to break in as it got better with use.

I bought my car new and hated the stock shifter's length of throws and lack of precision. The AS kit went in after 13k miles. Best mod I've done and would never go back.
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Two words.

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