BMW Performance Short Shift Kits for BMW E46 (1999-2005) M3

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A common BMW insider's trick is to use a shift lever from another model to make your own short shift kit. BMW has picked up on this retrofitting with their own series of short shift kits using all factory BMW parts. BMW Performance shift kits are among the most complete and easiest kits on the market - shift lever, nylon ball cup, boot, and shift knob are included in most kits. This is everything you would need to replace when installing a shift lever plus a new knob to top it all off. Shifts are reduced by 25% on most models. With a fresh lever and bushings you can restore precision and feel to your shifter. BMW short shift kits are easy to shift - not excessively notchy. This makes them perfect as a shifter refresh as well as an upgrade.

E36, E46, E39 5-speed Dinan Billet Short-Shifter Kit
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T#:391776
Part#: D550-1004
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$211.15
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  • 20-25% shorter shifts
  • Counterbalanced for great shift feel
  • Stainless steel & aluminum construction
  • Rubber isolated for reduced NVH
  • Maintains stock shift feel with uprated stock-type bushings

The Dinan short shifter provides shorter shift throws with a crisper and more precise feel than a stock shifter. Instead of retrofitting a stock BMW lever, with all of its deficiencies, Dinan has engineered this billet aluminum shifting system. Special features engineered into this unit include a two piece fully isolated stick assembly, exclusive integrated and dampened pivot cup with self lubricating pivot ball, counter balanced to reduce effort and exclusive polymer "Iglide" T-500 lower pivot bushings that are impervious to contamination. Featuring an adjustable pivot, which allows this shifter to fit both standard and M Series applications. All of this combined with a simple straightforward installation provides a professional level shifter. Provides a 25% throw reduction in E36s, E39s and E46s and a 20% throw reduction in M3 and M5 applications.

For over 35 years, Dinan has been America's premier tuning company, pioneering advancements in BMW modification while retaining a focus on balanced performance that preserves the original character and driving feel that a BMW offers. When you install a Dinan part on your car, know that it's not only carefully developed and tested, but that Dinan stands behind it with a four year, 50,000-mile warranty.

CAE Ultra Shifter
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T#:402143
Part#: 10023BMWC
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Starting at $979.00
Starting at $979.00

Everyone who tracks their BMW knows the shifter is a bit of a compromise. On the street and around town it might be described as smooth and sweet. But on the track the same engineering that makes shifting effortless becomes a liability. It's all too easy to put your BMW into the wrong gear and over-rev the engine, resulting in the infamous mis-shift (or money$hift). Short shift kits are not the solution - effort and notchiness go up but it's still easy to grab the wrong gear. The CAE shifter IS the answer, however.

The CAE shift kit is the real deal as far as motorsport shift levers is concerned. It's function over form. The real engineering is inside the shifter housing. A spring pre-loads the shift linkage so shifts are much faster. There is no slop or play in the shift lever and the shift gate is much smaller than the factory setup so there's no wasted motion. Even the best BMW short shift kits will feel vague and sloppy after trying the CAE. Over-engineered? Nope it's just the German way. Check out the CAE shifter's long list of attributes -

video: CAE Ultra Shifter

  • Universal kit for vehicles with 5 and 6 speed Getrag and ZF transmissions.
  • Short and super-precise shifting travel in the traditional H-pattern.
  • The BMW linkage to the transmission remains unchanged.
  • Racing-style appearance.
  • Ergonomics optimized for fast road/motorsports:
    + positioning of the shift lever close to the steering wheel
    + narrow shift pattern/gate reduces wasted motion in between gears
    + reverse lock-out cable (accidental changing to the reverse gear is impossible). The reverse gear is unlocked by pulling up the sliding collar on the shift lever.
  • Low weight and high stability: CNC and laser-cut aluminum alloy with a durable brushed finish.
  • Stable shifting platform that eliminates the stock shifter carrier that is so susceptible to flex and deflection.
  • Integrated center position spring, ensuring perfect feedback when shifting up and down.
  • Right/left stops and reverse gear stop adjustable separately.
  • Complete kit for adaption to BMW selector rod with all small parts, fastening material, and detailed installation instructions.
  • Shifter is intended for vehicles without interior equipment or without a center console. Modification of existing interior panels required if using a stock center console.
  • Optionally available in all black anodized (please ask for delivery period). All shifters with anodized aluminium gear lever knob in the following colors: titanium grey (standard), blue, red, black, silver or orange.
  • Total height: approx. 400 mm (15.75")
    Total length: approx. 180 mm (7.09")
    Dimensions of base plate:approx. 150 x 125 mm (5.9x4.9")
    Shifting travel:approx. 65 mm (2.56")
    Selector travel (transverse direction):approx. 65 mm (2.56")
    Weight (complete):approx. 1,05 kg (2.3lbs)
    Offset of the gear lever knop (back/up):depending on vehicle type approx. 50 / 170 mm

    But don't take our word for it, read what others have been saying:
    "The stock shifter is a POS after driving with the CAE. The CAE shifter isn't your average aftermarket shifter. If you've never used one, you have no idea." - M3post user.
    "You aren't really switching to the CAE for faster shifts per say. You switch for a more responsive and better feeling shifter that's also much closer to your hands on the wheel. It's a fantastic mod and I love mine." - M3post user.

We stock many of the more popular option combinations of these - some may be special order from CAE and as they are manufactured in Germany, an additional lead time of 3-6 weeks is possible on these items.

Rogue Engineering OCTANE Short Shift Kit - E46 M3
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T#:554020
Part#: OCT.E46.420
Ships on Jan 7, 2019
$425.00
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One of the most satisfying upgrades you can make to your BMW is to its factory shifter mechanism. By reducing the shifter's throw, you can give your manual transmission BMW a sportier, more precise feel. However, with so many different "short shift kits" out there, how can you be sure you're making the right decision? With the introduction of the Rogue Engineering OCTANE short shift kit, the choice is now crystal clear!

Rogue Engineering refuses to compromise with "lever substitution" as a method of short shift kit development. Rather than using actual test vehicles for their products, some companies actually dig through OEM factory parts diagrams to determine which factory levers can be substituted with others. This "lever substitution" method of introducing product is unacceptable. These shift kits have been developed and perfected through years of experience in proven short shifter technology, by Co-Founder, Ben Liaw. As longtime BMW enthusiasts know, Ben was single-handedly responsible for introducing and developing the idea of affordable, BMW factory-like, short shift kits for late model BMWs (BL/SS for those young enough to remember!).

Rogue Engineering idea of a short shift kit is not substituting levers in place of factory ones just because "they fit". Throughout the 80s until recently, BMW was notorious for using only a few specific shifter levers for their manual transmission vehicles. For other companies, making just a few "replacement levers" and offering them in place of those factory part numbers was an easy way of calling it a short shift kit. Unfortunately, for those companies, BMW started using many different part numbers making it more difficult to just "swap in a lever".

Rogue Engineering only develops it's short shift kit with test vehicles in their facility, testing numerous prototypes, offering others to test it before settling on its final design. They feel that this old school, real world testing is the best way when modifying OEM ergonomic, sensory-based controls.


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