In Reply to: Another M coupe shifter question... posted by JBravoM3 on March 11, 1999 at 16:44:26:
Whatever UUC...it worked fine for me and a friend of mine.
1. The shifting ball (the pivot point) is about a cm higher than the stock. The lever above the ball is about 1.5cm shorter. The throw is decreased by a little more than an inch (or becomes about half an inch longer than a Miata's).
2. One thing that's true is that the lever will be lower. My boot didn't bunch up however...
As for the positioning forward, if your shop has a pipe bender (all do), they can fix that. The reason for the forward placement is because the M coupe/roadster lever is straight as opposed to the curved M3 shifter. I didn't bend mine and it works nice. My friend bent his and that also worked nice.
3. As for the proximity to the drive shaft, it was not less than the stock spacing.
4. Wear? Well, let's say you replace it after 50K (being generous). You still would have paid $100 for two shifters. Almost half of whatever ERK is.
If you are worried about the curve, go with Kormann's adjustable shifter. Cheaper than all the others and just as good.
The more you know, the better you'll feel.