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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:39 PM
Ppearcey Ppearcey is offline
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Z3 shifter?

Is there a shifter in the market that makes the shift handle closer to the shift boot? (Smaller) The shift handle feels too high and I was wondering if they make a handle that makes it like maybe an inch or two higher than the shift boot? They have short shifter but you still have a tall shift handle. Hope this made sense.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:23 PM
Skiddish Skiddish is offline
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They have a lot of aftermarket shift nobs available and it just depends on what kind you're looking for. Do you want OEM/Authentic BMW (don't think there are shorter ones) or if you're looking for an aftermarket one (one of a thousand companies that makes the suckers). Also is this an auto or a manual? The word handle is throwing me off.

personally I got mine from RoadsterSolutions.com
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:33 AM
Bob2.8 Bob2.8 is offline
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You can make your own

http://www.z3bimmer.com/Garage/Performance/ShortShift/
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:16 AM
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BMW's ZHP short shift knob will reduce the height by 3/4 inch - http://leatherz.com/Merchant5/mercha...ory_Code=Knobs
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:57 AM
crappyattitude1 crappyattitude1 is offline
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Or this one......

..if you don't want or need an illuminated one....
and keep the $100 in your pocket...
I highly recommend this one!

http://leatherz.com/Merchant5/mercha...ory_Code=Knobs

Crappy : )

(Just outside of Nashville)
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:07 PM
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Here is some really old but very useful information from one point of view on the topic:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15613&highlight=z3+stygar+shift
Ron Stygar commented, "One example: A M-Z3 shift lever in a Z3-1.9 results in interference on most cars. The Z4-3.0 shift lever should work fine. Like the M-Z3 one, this lever has to be bent to duplicate the stock neutral position."
Sounds like a Whalen Shift Machine with a Z4- 3.0 shifter appropriately bent might be just the ticket for you. On the down side, those are not available new anymore evidently so you would have to find a used one.

In particular, I recommend the Whalen Shift Machine knob mentioned. I have that in my car and what a difference. Really high quality and Doug is great to deal with. I have seen them described as jewelry for your car. I agree.
As you can see in that thread, it gives you height reduction of 1.125" over the stock knob and the added weight gives great feel.

Hope that helps.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:35 PM
Z3Papa Z3Papa is offline
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Whalen Shift Machine. Cant beat it.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:19 PM
Ppearcey Ppearcey is offline
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Where can I buy the Whalen shift knob? And Whalen shift handle?
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:10 AM
WisM WisM is offline
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http://www.whalenshiftmachine.com/
Whalen makes shift knobs. Not sure what you mean by the shift handle.

If you are talking about the thread I posted earlier, those are all various model BMW shift levers being compared.
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