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Spoose 03-14-2008 12:50 PM

short shifter
I read/heard somewhere that you can use a different shifter lever in the E36 that is like a short shifter. I think it was from the Z3. Can another shifter work or is it that one only. I ask b/c I have an OEM shift er lever from a E46 (330ci) and was wondering if that would be the same thing.

carjoe 03-14-2008 01:21 PM

I'm not sure what models are shorter but I have a Z3 shifter that's about 20% shorter than stock.

I picked it up from Pelican with all the bushings.

Soldo 03-14-2008 02:11 PM

Ya, i grabed a M coupe shifter from the dealer a few years ago. Big difference over stock. Basically if you have the ZF E36 (328/ S52 M3)tranny, than you use the M coupe shifter. If you have the Gettrag E36 tranny (325/ S50 M3) then you can use the shifter from the 328/M3 for a reduced throw.

Compared to the price of some of these aftermarket shifters, you can't go wrong with the OE one. Only trick is, if you have the ZF tranny then you have to bend it slightly or the shifter will sit a bit forward.

Spoose 03-15-2008 10:26 AM

thanks guys, soldo - how much did you pay for the M coupe shifter, looking for something for my 97M3 (should fit right). how hard is it to bend it?

dbworld4k 03-15-2008 12:25 PM has the MZ3 SSK kit for like 100 bucks or so - good bargain IMO.

Soldo 03-15-2008 02:27 PM

Ya, if i remember correctly, i grabed it for like $90-ish. Bending it was a LOT easier than i thought. Like i said, you don't HAVE to bend it, it'll just sit further forward in the boot. But it does make a night and day difference. When i got into a 328 with the stick shifter after getting used to my car, it felt like i was driving a standard pick up truck!

AceOfSpades 03-15-2008 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by dbworld4k (Post 1124321) has the MZ3 SSK kit for like 100 bucks or so - good bargain IMO.

WOW thats pretty good! thanks for sharing*th-up*

Spoose 03-15-2008 02:45 PM

thanks dbworld

98Dinan3 03-15-2008 05:03 PM

UUC shifter here.... Really short throw, and a very notchy feel. You can certainly tell when you've hit the gear. It's great. Dan (325iguy) had the z3 shifter in his 325, and has the Active Autowerks in his 328. I believe he said he liked the feel of the UUC best; maybe he'll chime in.

dbworld4k 03-15-2008 06:04 PM

I personally use the UUC Evo2 and I LOVE it. Very notchy, but slicks into gear so nicely. A weighted shift knob is an absolute must.

Spoose 03-15-2008 10:37 PM

looking at getting the uuc evo III (I think with the dssr) but wow is it pricey. thought maybe the z3 alternative would be just as good, but I guess not. gotta keep saving the pennies for the uuc I guess.

dbworld4k 03-15-2008 10:43 PM

^ Bear in mind that the UUC EVO kits will be VERY notchy with the normal OEM shift knobs. You'll be muscling through the gears every time you shift. You might as well factor another $100 or so into a weighted UUC shift knob.

Honestly, +++ $400 for a SSK, DSSR and a weighted shift knob is not worth it. I'm sure the understeer kit is almost as much fun, and the price is a huge bargain. I played around with the shifter in a MZ3 and it seems great.

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