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    Z3M stock shifter used as short shift for 6 speed 330ci

    Hi

    Following on from @stickle 's recent enquiry into Z3M shifters, I've done a bit of reading myself.

    There is loads of info online but some slightly conflicting views.

    Some E46 owners say you will need to physically bend the shifter to ensure the gear knob sits central (when in neutral) and also to ensure that it doesn't rub on the transmission.

    Is this true?

    A bit of useful reading
    E36 Z3/Z3M Short Shift fitting guide
    Short Shift kit for ZHP - E46Fanatics
    E46 OEM short shifter guide.
    e36_rons_short_shifter_install_extra_bend

    Some others say the bend is not needed.

    Z3M shifter will be installed on my 2004 330ci 6 speed.

    Help please?

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    I put a Z4 one on mine. was very short but i didn't need to bend it, it doesn't hit the box either. The best 1 to fit by all accounts is the e60 1.
    http://www.bmwforums.info/general-gu...323ci-e46.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    I put a Z4 one on mine. was very short but i didn't need to bend it, it doesn't hit the box either. The best 1 to fit by all accounts is the e60 1.
    http://www.bmwforums.info/general-gu...323ci-e46.html
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    What's this e60 one? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.

    Nice write up

    Is it very low down now? It looks like you'll have to reach down a lot further to change gear. Comfortable?

    Is the part number for the Z4 3.0 shifter 25-11-7-543-193?

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    :( I've got a 6 speed. I don't think this one will fit?
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    The e60 1 is mentioned on e46fanatics. i believe it is very similar to the z4. but has a slight bend.

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    Ya I found it. 545i? I think it's for 5 speed only as well :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfty View Post
    Ya I found it. 545i? I think it's for 5 speed only as well :(
    it should fit the 6 speed aswell as it curves in the correct direction as the one thats on, and the ball throw is the same. personally i would stick with the z3 one for yours. bmw short shifter
    this was my post that 1 started on there a good while back. this one
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    I ordered the 545i shifter today. Didn't fancy my chances bending the shifter selecter rod etc.

    Let's hope it'll be fine. It's the middle one on the pic



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    @jrfty - Did you get it fitted?

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    Z3M stock shifter used as short shift for 6 speed 330ci

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    @jrfty - Did you get it fitted?
    Hopefully tmrw
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