In Reply to: ERK install write-up posted by Luxo M3 on June 24, 2000 at 21:04:29:
The clip you had so much trouble with is difficult for many others too. On mine, the mechanic used a tool he called a radiator hose tool that looked like an ice pick with the very end of it hooked at 90 degrees. It's actually used to help install radiator hoses on the neck or fitting. He just reached up where the clip is located, felt around a second or two and 5 seconds later the clip was removed. From what I had heard about that clip I figured he would have some trouble too but it was about as easy as removing a gas cap (for him).
I would think trying to install the three little set screws without seeing what you are doing would be extremely difficult at best. I think the easiest way is to just remove it from below. To add the Delrin bushings you have to be underneath anyway.
I think it would be nice to have a complete new carrier arm with the ERK welded in place but of course that would add to the expense too much. I thought about having that done before installing mine but I didn't do it.
Is your M Roadster shifter oriented correctly in the M3. Is the placement in each gear where it should be? Is the height right now since it's higher? I don't guess you're using ball bearing bushings from UUC in your shifter, just their ERK?
: Hey gang:
: thought I'd drop some info on my latest install, the UUC ERK. Short for Effort Reducing Kit.
: Basically for $100 you get a machined aluminum ring that raises the shiftball height an inch. The result is a lighter shift throw and it helps take the notchiness out of a short shifter drop in (ie. MRoadster shifter)
: First off, the install is a sheer pain in the ass. About 3 hours later here I sit. The instructions say there are 2 ways to generally approach the install.
: 1. Pull the entire shift set-up out and do it on a work bench or
: 2. do it on the car
: Well I tried route #1 as it seems the easisest overall. Nope. Can't get that shift bridge out and that stupid clip! Eeek!
: Next I went to method number 2. Possible yes, only if you shave the allen key you get in half. That's the biggest trick as the space tolerances are extremely minimal. Then it's under the car to feel and finger the tiny allen bolts into place. yes, that's a challenge.
: But once in WOW! Glass smooth!
: My set-up is a drop in MRoadster shifter and that's it. Everything else is M3 stock. I got the ERK as I like the short shift but hate the notchy feel it has (as does my wife).
: The ERK's only drawback is that in raising the shifting height, you get a fairly tall shifter stance. No biggie for a shorter shifter but I would not get this for a stock M3 shifter as you'll look like you're rowing your car home.
: Not bad work UUC, but I'd spend some time working out a way to get the adaptor doable from the top/inside the car and a way to junk the tiny allen bolts that bolt the unit to the shift bridge.
: Maybe a sandwich type of bolt in?
: Luxo M3