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      12-29-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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BMW SSK, installed....Looks Strange

Before anybody says this thread is useless without pics, im working on it!

My BMW service center installed the Short Shift kit today, and i asked them to keep the factory boot and knob, which they did. When it was completed I immediately noticed that the position of the knob now seemed about an inch higher. The boot is stretched tighter than it was before also. IT SHIFTS AMAZINGLY! It feels good and everything, except the knob is higher than it was, and less comfortably placed now. Anybody have any insight? Thanks!
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      12-29-2008, 09:18 PM   #2
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the performance shift knob is shorter, i noticed that when i changed out mine, so i could see why it would be taller. the boot is prob tighter cause the knob is taller, lol.
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how much did they charge you for install?
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i'm debating between the BMW one and the Dinan one.
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the performance shift knob is shorter, i noticed that when i changed out mine, so i could see why it would be taller. the boot is prob tighter cause the knob is taller, lol.

That doesn't make any sense. Even if the SSK knob is shorter, the bottom of it (where the boot attachd to the knob) should be in the same place. Are you are saying the shift lever on the SSK is longer than the one on the stock one?

Sounds to me like the shift knob isnt pushed all the way down. Put some weight on it and see if it drops a bit.
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any pics of it yet?
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i'm debating between the BMW one and the Dinan one.
same here, one thing I noticed is BMW SSK "reduces shift travel by 25 percent" whereas the Dinan SSK "reduces throw by 8%"

I'm not sure if they are referring to the same thing, but if they are it sounds like the two are considerably different
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      01-07-2009, 11:31 PM   #9
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I think the Dinan one uses many of the stock components. The SSK one is a lot of metal which gives it the notchy feel while the Dinan one I think uses mostly hard plastics or rubber for a more stock feel.
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hey sorry guys, never got around to taking a picture, i noticed the knob was a little loose and pushed down on it, it seems to sit lower now. Thanks for the help yet again.
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The Dinan ssk is only a shifter lever and bearing cup. The construction of the Dinan and BMW shifter levers is almost identical, both using a nylon ball. The BMW kit includes the shifter lever, bearing cup, shifter mounting arm, circlip, performance knob and alcantra boot. Bottom line is that $219 for a shift lever from Dinan is way too much money.
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The Dinan ssk is only a shifter lever and bearing cup. The construction of the Dinan and BMW shifter levers is almost identical, both using a nylon ball. The BMW kit includes the shifter lever, bearing cup, shifter mounting arm, circlip, performance knob and alcantra boot. Bottom line is that $219 for a shift lever from Dinan is way too much money.
Ok, so the main differences seem to be the shifter mounting arm, circlip and the knob and boot. I don't care about the knob and boot.....I could reuse the existing circlip, no? That leaves the only difference being the shifter arm. Does that make a HUGE difference in feel?

I'd rather pay $219 than $450+ for a bunch of things I don't need
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You getting an 8% reduction in throw from the Dinan ssk and a 25% reduction from the BMW ssk. The major difference is the location of the nylon ball on the shift lever and, probably, the overall length. The BMW shift lever has a longer lever arm below the nylon ball than the Dinan shifter level does. In fact, the length of the lever arm below the nylon ball is the reason that the BMW kit includes a new mounting arm. The new mounting arm moves the location of the shifter bearing upwards about a half inch, such that the appropriate geometry is maintained for the shifter linkage given the increased lever arm length below the nylon ball.
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You getting an 8% reduction in throw from the Dinan ssk and a 25% reduction from the BMW ssk. The major difference is the location of the nylon ball on the shift lever and, probably, the overall length. The BMW shift lever has a longer lever arm below the nylon ball than the Dinan shifter level does. In fact, the length of the lever arm below the nylon ball is the reason that the BMW kit includes a new mounting arm. The new mounting arm moves the location of the shifter bearing upwards about a half inch, such that the appropriate geometry is maintained for the shifter linkage given the increased lever arm length below the nylon ball.
Very good info, thanks!
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What about UUC, they have provided BMW owners with more options, for more BMW models as far as short shift kits go then Dinan and and BMW combined, and for a longer time.
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True, I've had 2 UUC on my BMWs and the throw reduction is about 25%+. No nylon ball, as in the stock arm. All metal. Very solid product. Easy install.
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True, I've had 2 UUC on my BMWs and the throw reduction is about 25%+. No nylon ball, as in the stock arm. All metal. Very solid product. Easy install.
Did you install one on your 1er?
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I did. Love it. Took a couple hours. No exhaust removal necessary, as the instructions would tell you to do. Solid piece of machinery. Everything I've seen from UUC is made to the highest degree of quality. The quality of the stock shifter pales in comparison, IMO.
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I did. Love it. Took a couple hours. No exhaust removal necessary, as the instructions would tell you to do. Solid piece of machinery. Everything I've seen from UUC is made to the highest degree of quality. The quality of the stock shifter pales in comparison, IMO.
hmmmmmm sounds interesting. Where did you purchase it from, how much? Could you post a "how-to"?
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$355. I followed the UUC ssk diy from e90 site. Basically, it was exactly the same.
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$355. I followed the UUC ssk diy from e90 site. Basically, it was exactly the same.
which e90 site?
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...uc+short+shift
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