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Posted by Andy Peavy on September 23, 1998 at 10:11:56:

Did my install last night. It took 2.5 hours (from cracking the first beer, to washing the hands).

At least one of the hours was spent trying to get the bottom of the rubber boot around the carrier. Man are my finger tips sore. If anybody has tips for doing this, they need to post them.

My car is a 91 and the boot was torn. Lots of heat was bleeding from the exhaust into the center console this summer (I justified the cost of the BL/SS because I needed to replace the boot anyway. UUC sytle.) I hope the new rubber boot will help that. The bottom of the old boot was ROCK hard and pretty brittle. If your car is relatively old, spring for a new rubber boot.

Initial impression: Entire gear pattern seems to be further back from the center. In the before and after measurements, the throw is shorter to 4th gear by 5/8", but the measurement in 3rd gear is 1 3/4"! Anybody else with an E34 seeing the same? Shifter height is lower, but I didn't get a before/after measurement.

Shifting is definitely shorter/notchier with more effort needed. I hope the yellow washers break-in soon. I've found it almost necessary to double-clutch upshifts AND downshifts. I'm glad I have been practicing that for 3 years now. With the stock shifter, I was getting feedback when double-clutching into 1st gear. I could tell if I didn't match the revs correctly. Now, I cannot tell and I worry about the syncros....

Other thoughts.

I need a crawler.
Or just get a lift.
Use plenty of the grease when installing the rubber boot.
Don't ask your wife to get under the car to help you.
DO NOT do this right before a track event. It will take awhile to get used to...

Andy Peavy
91 535i
email: [email protected]


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