Well, I finally got that UUC EVO Ultimate Competition short shift kit in my '97 540i/6. The kit is very comprehensive in that it includes everything that you need to install the kit (except the thread lock).
First - you DON"T need to remove the aluminum carrier from the car. I tried to remove it, but it was a bitch and I gave up on it. Upon reading farther in the instructions, there is an alternative method which I used. The alternative was loosening the aluminum carrier (by removing the locking pin) and then insatlling the ERK from inside the car. Required is a set of nimble fingers and a little patience. A LOT easier and less painful. Just a little tip that WILL save you a tremendous amount of time.
Second - the feel of the of the shifter. Get ready for this one - too difficult to use. Maybe I'll warm up to it, but the notchiness is very high. Granted, the throws are about negligible and I can't tell what gear that it's in by looking at it, but the effort required is very high.
On top, I have the MOMO F16 shift knob. Overall, the entire shifter is little shorter and looks more in character with the sporting nature of the car.
I'll let y'all know how I feel in about a week - maybe two if this snow and ice keeps up.