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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
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Old Sun, Jul-15-2007, 05:07:53 PM   #1
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Default Autosolutions Ultimate Short Shift Kit INSTALL HELP

Okay, I am already a day into this project. I have been following the madrussian instructions, and I am stuck on this step:

A mirror (one of the little dentist type - they sell them at auto parts stores) will be your best friend.
Using the mirror you will be able to see how the brass bushing inside the nylon bushing in the AS carrier is lining up with the hole in the saddle on top of the transmission.
If you need to move the carrier up you can use something like a 3/4" wood dowel and a hammer to tap it up. If it needs to go down you can use the same wood block and hydraulic jack method.
Once its close you can use a set of picks or as I did a set of torx keys to work the carrier into final position.
THIS IS A ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS and will likely take some time to get perfect. The pin will not slide in unless everything is 99.9% aligned. Take your time and you'll get it but you'll hate every minute of it.

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Now on to the problem. I have gotten the pin through one side of the pin retaining hole and through the carrier, but I can't get it to come out the other side of the pin retaining hole. I have used the mirror and everything lines up, and it goes almost all the way through the hole but stops at the end. I have tried moving the AS carrier every which way, and I can't get it in. I also can't seem to find anywhere to get leverage to try and force the pin through the hole. I am looking for any suggestions, because after working on just this part of the install for about 3 hours, I am fresh out of solutions. I am willing to go buy a tool if it will do the job. Thanks.
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This thread is making me dread my SSK install tomorrow
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Hey....no good advice here except to keep trying. You can't get anything into that area. Keep wiggling and forcing that pin. That's the hardest part of the install. It took me a while.

I would try really hard for a bit until I would get exhausted then I'd rest and lay under there staring at it thinking WTF!. It's tough and irritating. You'll get it. I think I just tried smacking it gently with channel locks and pushing hard with my thumbs (yeah, you'll be hurting tomorrow).

You'll get it....keep trying. You loosen the tranny mounts? That will give you some wiggle room. Good luck bro.
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It sucked sooooo bad. But worth every minute if you bought AS.
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The install instructions are no joke. You will want to quit multiple times. Just getting the AS carrier between the two retaining pin holes took me awhile.
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You'll get it....keep trying. You loosen the tranny mounts? That will give you some wiggle room. Good luck bro.
I did more than loosen. I completely removed the tranny mounts and brace to make sure I had the most transmission movement possible. I'm thinking about getting a really long pry bar and trying that cause the one I have is too short to get any leverage on the pin.
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I did, I did. Sigh.
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Your a brave man. I get lost halfway reading through mad russian's DIY . Sorry I have no advice, but to keep trying.. Oh, and let us know how the shifter feels once you get everything installed! I gotta wait till next weekend before my car goes in the shop.
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I did more than loosen. I completely removed the tranny mounts and brace to make sure I had the most transmission movement possible. I'm thinking about getting a really long pry bar and trying that cause the one I have is too short to get any leverage on the pin.
It'll go through, just keep trying. I don't think there is a tool you can buy.

At that time, I knew I hated it, but I was glad I didn't have a shop do it. I thought that in this case they would try to file or grind the pin. The pin WILL fit, it will be tight, but it has to be near perfect.

Keep trying my friend.

I mean what I said about the AS, it's the best. I've had it for over a year and love every second and every shift. Hands down.

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Your a brave man. I get lost halfway through mad russian's DIY . Sorry I have no advice, but to keep trying.. Oh, and let us know how the shifter feels once you get everything installed! I gotta wait till next weekend before my car goes in the shop.
It's not a hard DIY. Just takes time with this issue. The rest is cake.

BTW, I did it on jack stands... Major b*tch.
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