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Old Wed, Dec-02-2009, 08:37:48 PM   #11
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Any updates on this project?

On a side note, has anyone looked in to the Works Bell Neo Shifter. I have heard they have an application specific set up for the e46 M3 now (but I think its very pricey)
Pretty cool. But it doesn't look like it will work with a quick release. Those paddles stay connected to the column. It may work with one of their quick release hubs though. Thanks for posting this.

My paddles are bolted to the steering wheel. When the wheel comes off/on you have to plug/unplug the wires for the paddles. Not difficult, just part of the process.
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The part is out for quote at my machinist. The hex has to be EDM'd and he doesn't have one. I've kinda gotten side tracked on some house projects so I'm not riding him hard to get it done. I told him I needed it by Christmas break.

I would definatly do a couple things differently. Once I get the working prototype complete I'll assess the cost to reproduce these. Obviously cost is dependant on the number of units produced. I had to redesign most of the pieces of the original one I bought from VAC so its similar to theirs, but different.

Here area few pics.

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Very Cool! I'm not in rush!
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Old Fri, Dec-11-2009, 09:32:35 AM   #13
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Hello, first post on this forum

I've got a quick release sparco wheel with SMG paddles and a quick release boss with in built lemo connector so no wires to connect or disconnect, took a bit of work to find the paddles but I can confirm it works great, feels much nicer than the BMW paddles too. At least one other CSL in the UK is running this now - I compiled a list of parts required for him, if you want I can find the list for you.

Unfortunately this is the best picture I have to hand but you get the idea.
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Hello, first post on this forum

I've got a quick release sparco wheel with SMG paddles and a quick release boss with in built lemo connector so no wires to connect or disconnect, took a bit of work to find the paddles but I can confirm it works great, feels much nicer than the BMW paddles too. At least one other CSL in the UK is running this now - I compiled a list of parts required for him, if you want I can find the list for you.

Unfortunately this is the best picture I have to hand but you get the idea.
This looks fantastic!
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Found a picture of the paddle assembly
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Looks great, can you provide any more info on where you sourced your parts?
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Unsure of US suppliers but I got:

Lifeline Group N quick release adaptor with 8 pin LEMO connector
http://www.lifeline-fire.co.uk/quick...eeringboss.asp

Paddle Assemby from www.geartronics.co.uk, you'll have to speak to them directly, you want the Maserati race car paddles for a 330mm wheel, if unsure tell Neil you want the same paddles as Nathan Sanders ordered.

I got a Sparco suede wheel but any 330mm wheel will be fine, just pick one you like the feel of.

Also got a 50mm Sparco spacer to move the whole assembly closer to me as I have the seat far back to to being tall.

When you get the paddle assembly you either need to countersink the bolts that hold the switches to the braket or use a small spacer between the bracket and the wheel, 5mm thick carbon fibre would be fine from memory. I went with counter sinking.

Whole lot wasn't cheap but is a great solution, the paddles feel lovely compared to the stock ones.

Just noticed that the geartronics site has a good picture of the paddles, mine done have holes in but the rest of the assembly looks the same:

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The part is out for quote at my machinist. The hex has to be EDM'd and he doesn't have one. I've kinda gotten side tracked on some house projects so I'm not riding him hard to get it done. I told him I needed it by Christmas break.

I would definatly do a couple things differently. Once I get the working prototype complete I'll assess the cost to reproduce these. Obviously cost is dependant on the number of units produced. I had to redesign most of the pieces of the original one I bought from VAC so its similar to theirs, but different.

Here area few pics.

Brian
any updates?
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I got it installed, but the car is on jackstands and their is two feet of snow on the ground. So a test drive is out of the question. However I ran the car on the jackstands and with the dash all apart so the DSC switch wasnt connected. It worked fine for 1-2-1 gearshifts but when I tried to go to three the computer wouldnt let me.

I assume it will work perfectly considering it really didnt work at all when the one piece was anodized. Now it will shift every time. Its a good sign.

The bad part is the one part I had made cost me about the same as the whole VAC adapter I bought in the first place and then had to redesign. Doh.

I have prints for everything I did so I suppose I could get the rest of the parts quoted. I dont think its going to be cheap to build just a couple. I'll take some pics and post them in the next couple days. I have class tomorrow night so look for something by the weekend.

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I got it installed, but the car is on jackstands and their is two feet of snow on the ground. So a test drive is out of the question. However I ran the car on the jackstands and with the dash all apart so the DSC switch wasnt connected. It worked fine for 1-2-1 gearshifts but when I tried to go to three the computer wouldnt let me.

I assume it will work perfectly considering it really didnt work at all when the one piece was anodized. Now it will shift every time. Its a good sign.

The bad part is the one part I had made cost me about the same as the whole VAC adapter I bought in the first place and then had to redesign. Doh.

I have prints for everything I did so I suppose I could get the rest of the parts quoted. I dont think its going to be cheap to build just a couple. I'll take some pics and post them in the next couple days. I have class tomorrow night so look for something by the weekend.

Brian
thanks for the update Brian...Looking forward to the pics. Still very interested to figure out total cost.

Thanks,

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