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      05-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Inexpensive short throw shifter for 328xi?

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I just got my 2007 BMW 328xi and really enjoy it. However, the throws are just so long on it (I'm coming from a STi with a kartboy short throw). I know that the xi can make a difference in the availability of short throw shifters, and I really would prefer to not spend $300+ on the BMW SS, so what other option would be good for me? I do like notchy and read that the Z shifter may be good. Any thoughts?

Thank you for your time and helping a BMW n00b out.
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The stock shift knob is a big part of the problem on these cars. Get the weighted zsp/M-sport knob for 60 bucks shipped from Tisher. It makes a huge difference. Trust me.
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=508737

this is what I have in my car
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      05-01-2011, 08:54 PM   #4
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I saw this post. Thanks for that. Is it really that bad of an install on the xi? I don't know if I want to spend the big money on that kit. I was thinking that maybe something like the Z shifter might be more suitable (and certainly much more economical). Thoughts?

Robbiec, Thanks, I'll also take a look at that knob.
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The stock shift knob is a big part of the problem on these cars. Get the weighted zsp/M-sport knob for 60 bucks shipped from Tisher. It makes a huge difference. Trust me.
+100 I'm using the E46 ZHP knob, arguably one of the best knobs BMW has made.
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Hello all,

I just got my 2007 BMW 328xi and really enjoy it. However, the throws are just so long on it (I'm coming from a STi with a kartboy short throw). I know that the xi can make a difference in the availability of short throw shifters, and I really would prefer to not spend $300+ on the BMW SS, so what other option would be good for me? I do like notchy and read that the Z shifter may be good. Any thoughts?

Thank you for your time and helping a BMW n00b out.
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First of all, what drugs were you doing to go from an STi to a 328?
Second, stick with the BMW Performance SSK from getbmwparts.com. Tisher is super cheap compared to the stupid dealership. UUC makes one that works well but it's hella expensive. The B&M shifter has to be modified to the fit properly as well so that's another one to avoid.
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First of all, what drugs were you doing to go from an STi to a 328?
Second, stick with the BMW Performance SSK from getbmwparts.com. Tisher is super cheap compared to the stupid dealership. UUC makes one that works well but it's hella expensive. The B&M shifter has to be modified to the fit properly as well so that's another one to avoid.
I don't know what you're talking about. I installed a B&M and didn't need to do any mods.
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Thanks for the welcoming! Well, the STi is an amazing car and a lot of fun, but lacks the refinement and comfort. I figured a stick 3 series would be a good balance for me. Getting a BMS pbx and the shifter but that's about it. Going to take the charcoal filter out but unless there's anything else, I guess that's it.

So other than the BMW performance, what do people think of getting the z shifter? I like short and notchy. Otherwise, would I just get the shifter for the 328i then? Anything else needed other than the lever? How bad is the install?

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I don't know what you're talking about. I installed a B&M and didn't need to do any mods.
Yeah, because you aren't running an XDrive.
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      05-02-2011, 01:14 PM   #10
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this one works for our xi's?? it says not for xi's

i have an 08 328 xi e92
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This is the thread I am comparing against (between the OEM SSK and a Z4 lever): http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=52240
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One more question (in addition to the others in my previous post a couple up): If I get the knob, can I use my old boot or do I need a new one? It's all attached, is it not?
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Most SSK's will work on Xi. The BMW SSK and UUC SSK will definitely work. The reason they say they don't work is because of the transfer case being in the way. But because it still works in the transmission it just means you have to install from the top which isn't terribly difficult.
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+100 I'm using the E46 ZHP knob, arguably one of the best knobs BMW has made.
+1, i have this knob, no need for a SSK after getting this IMO. and the CDV Delete
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But how does the Z3/Z4 shifter compare? I don't want a tall shifter. I do prefer shorter and notchy and I heard that the SSK is just as tall (if not taller) than the stock one.

Also, can I get just the knob and use the existing boot?
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No one has really commented at how much shorter the BMW SSK is to the stock shifter in terms of height at N which has kept me from buying one for quite a long time.
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Fair enough. So if I start with just the knob, do I have to get a boot as well or can I use my old one? Sounds like I should go ahead and start there.
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No one has really commented at how much shorter the BMW SSK is to the stock shifter in terms of height at N which has kept me from buying one for quite a long time.
You might want to check w/ Alanaz. I think he was collecting that kind of data. I don't know how far he got.
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+1, i have this knob, no need for a SSK after getting this IMO. and the CDV Delete
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Again, can I use the existing boot though?
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Most likely yes. Mine is trashed though so I'd be interested in the new one personally.
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Again, can I use the existing boot though?
The stock boot works with the ZSP knob. It literally takes no more than 2 minutes to swap the knobs. The ZSP knob looks and feels great. Just do it!
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