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      09-21-2008, 12:57 AM   #1
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Hard shift from 1st -2nd?

Just had my BMW Perf. SSK installed. Love it to death but one thing is kind of bothering me. I am not sure if this is normal but shifting from first to second requires a little more effort than the rest. It was like that with the stock shifter but it is a little more pronounced with the SSK since it is "notchier."

Is this something I need to have checked? Or is it normal?
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      09-21-2008, 01:46 AM   #2
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are you shifting pushin the shift nob towards you and down?? or are you shifting straight down??
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I had the same problem with my BMW SSK. From what I understand its pretty common. However I just had the UUC SSK installed and what a world of difference it made. I mean wow....every shift just thumps right in. Its a little pricey but you might be able to get a discount on it if you talk to them. I totally recomend it. I did a right up on it in the XI section under UUC SSK review
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Yeah I shift towards and down. From dead stop I feel it more. So it's pretty common? I compensate buy wrapping my hand around the knob for that shift as opposed to the "palm down" style. That UUC sounds nice...but yes it is pricy

Thanks, was begining to think the guy installed it incorrectly or that it might damage my car.
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you should be find try shifting straight down fast you should not feel the notch as much.. cause that is what i do..
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Straight down from first? I'll give it a shot...don't want to end up in *fourth...Shift fast you say?

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ahh..i have the same problem too and my car came stock as bought it in m-sport variant..it is a bit harder to shift to 2nd but its cool anythin after that..whats UUC??
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UUC= after market SSK. Pricy..but have received extremely good reviews...they even state shifting 1st-2nd is as smooth as the rest.
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revs drop fast and there is a big difference between revs in 1st and 2nd. Try moving the lever faster. I keep my hand near the shifter so I can move it immediately after pressing the clutch. If you wait too long it is harder to move the shifter because you have to force the synchros to do more work
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So the reason it is a hard shift is beacuse the revs are too low? I'll try shifting at higher revs really fast to check it out. +4000 good?
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Just had my BMW Perf. SSK installed. Love it to death but one thing is kind of bothering me. I am not sure if this is normal but shifting from first to second requires a little more effort than the rest. It was like that with the stock shifter but it is a little more pronounced with the SSK since it is "notchier."

Is this something I need to have checked? Or is it normal?

I have mind for awhile now and it was notchy at first then it gradually improved as I put in more miles on the car. I know it will never be as sweet as an Acura shifter but it's definitely better now.
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actually just noticed if you stay on 1st for a bit higher rpm eg 3k,the shifts actually do get smoother and feels lighter too with no lag..new problem now though,intermittently the ssk wont let me shift into 1st from neutral/stationary..man..so i'd just engage 2nd to shift upwards to 1st..maybe its just me??
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