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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 05-30-2004, 09:54 AM
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Short Shifter with oem knob

Any one have any good pics of a short shifter installed ( 1 or 1-1/8 drop) with the oem knob and boot, All I can find is with the WSM so its hard to get a good idea of the drop prespective
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:19 PM
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Mine using Randy Forbe's shorter shift lever

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Old 05-31-2004, 07:40 PM
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holy cow, how much shorter is that
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:07 PM
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holy cow, how much shorter is that
Probably 1 1/8 inch. Mine is 15/16 and the bottom of the shift knob is even with the console.
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:28 PM
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maybe it just looks shorter in pictures then in real life, looking at a measureing tape 1 1/8 sure doesnt seem lile much on the upper end of the stick compared to stock
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Old 05-31-2004, 08:30 PM
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How does it feel as far as everday driving( not racing) , feel good???
does it feel like your having to jamb the piss out of the knob to shift????
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Every day driving

It feels great now that I've gotten one of those TSBs for the extremely notchy shift problem. That had nothing to do with the shorter shift lever though. Anyway, the length feels very natural, like it should have been designed that length to begin with. I definitely recommend this mod. Its a cheap upgrade compared to something like the UUC kit, and its easy to install, using Randy's special removal tool. It shortens the throw just enough.

I'm nowhere close to jamming anything with this setup. Randy said you might have that problem if you used Randy's shorter shift lever with the WSM knob.
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Old 06-05-2004, 03:44 PM
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short shiftrt

we have the UUC short shifter on our 2000 ///M Roadster. This unit is adjustable for heigth.
We love the way it is made with an actual ball bearing fitting at the pivot point and hard neoprene fittings elsewhere rather than rubber ones. It reduced the throw by about 30% but even more important, it took all the slop out of the shift pattern. It is so precise, you can almost feel the teeth of the gears meshing as you change up or down. The mechanic that did the install said it was by far, the best BMW short shifter he has ever seen, it was his first UUC although he had installed many other brands.
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Old 06-05-2004, 06:02 PM
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That's great to hear that the UUC one is that crisp. My shifter is pretty crisp for just being a shortened stock one, but its nothing like metal on metal feeling. That sounds really nice.
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Old 06-06-2004, 04:12 AM
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We have a Ron/Randy shortened one in the Roadster. There is a UUC Evo II in the LTW.

The UUC one is nice because the knob is at the normal height. But I also like the Ron/Randy one for the lower knob. It sounds strange but both work well, and feel great, just different.

But I really believe that part of the package is to do the carrier bushings. Replace with delrin, either Rons or UUC. Playing with just the short shifter as Randy installed them at HC, versus the whole pacakge in ours, it makes a BIG difference.

BTW both cars use the stock knob.
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