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.
Some others say the bend is not needed.
Z3M shifter will be installed on my 2004 330ci 6 speed.