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E36 M3 short shifter (archive)

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Posted by CFL on July 18, 2000 at 06:40:05:

In Reply to: Z3 short shifter................ posted by Ritter on July 17, 2000 at 19:18:07:

Justin, my neighbor with the M3, just got a Z3 shifter in his M. It feels notchy but it has a real short throw. He said the parts were about $70. Do you guys recommend this install?

I always recommend the E36 M3 lever in the E30 M3. It shortens the throws and it lowers the height of the knob some but not a huge amount. For me...just right. It makes it a little bit notchier but I am now so used to it, that driving an M Coupe felt weird. I missed the notchy positive feel of gears engaging, like my car. :-)

I've tried the M Coupe lever in a friend's race car and it was waaaaaay too notchy. I could not live with that at all. Another experiment I wanted to try is the shift lever from a 1.9 Z3. The pivot is somewhere between the stock E30 M3 and the E36 M3 lever. It might not be as notchy as the E36 M3 lever but then again it won't be as short either. That's all I know....

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