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      08-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #133
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So, after looking high and low on the web (parts discontinued) it just so happened that I recently received a "service request" from the dealer and low and behold the dealer had all the parts necessary for the SSK in stock ..... happy 3rd Birthday to my baby. Shift is dramatically shorter and does not take much getting used too .... Thanks all for the valuable info ... You all rock!
Did they have any extras? Doubt it but doesn't hurt to ask..

If anyone runs in to a source that has these, please let me know
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Did they have any extras? Doubt it but doesn't hurt to ask..

If anyone runs in to a source that has these, please let me know
It was Crown BMW in Greensboro North Carolina .......
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      08-04-2014, 10:02 PM   #135
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Very cool!


You know @1mGator ... to this day, everytime I drive on the German narrow back roads and see one of the "Strassen Spiegels" - I think of your Avatar and your 1M ED writeup!! Even after all this time.
Dackelone,

You are a kind and good man. That was one of my favorite pictures and the 14th of this month is the three year anniversary. Can't wait to pay my 1m off and plan another trip ...... Dack, I am sure I speak for many other that deeply appreciate all you do from models to the great picture essays you share. We are all very lucky to have you as a friend! Let us know when you plan to visit the States ... I am sure many of us would be honored to host you .... Me, I'm not that far from Spartenberg!
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So guys, since part number 25110434217 is discontinued, what was the consensus on the BMS Short shifter (http://burgertuning.com/short_shifte...5_335_535.html) for the 1M? Some of the posts above say it's "very similar" to the BMWP lever, but on the other hand some say that a 135i shifter will not fit on the 1M?

As I understand it, the BMWP lever itself can be used for both the N54 and N55 transmission, but the N54 will require the carrier. Does that mean the Burger motorsports lever linked above can be substituted also? Looking at the install pics, it seems that the BMS one has a nonstandard steel sleeve for the ball, and looks to lift the lever up, which is not the case with the BMWP lever...

If you are weighing in, please state if you know for sure (ie. installed one), or are just giving an educated guess. Thanks!
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      10-21-2014, 07:14 PM   #137
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So guys, since part number 25110434217 is discontinued, what was the consensus on the BMS Short shifter (http://burgertuning.com/short_shifte...5_335_535.html) for the 1M? Some of the posts above say it's "very similar" to the BMWP lever, but on the other hand some say that a 135i shifter will not fit on the 1M?

As I understand it, the BMWP lever itself can be used for both the N54 and N55 transmission, but the N54 will require the carrier. Does that mean the Burger motorsports lever linked above can be substituted also? Looking at the install pics, it seems that the BMS one has a nonstandard steel sleeve for the ball, and looks to lift the lever up, which is not the case with the BMWP lever...

If you are weighing in, please state if you know for sure (ie. installed one), or are just giving an educated guess. Thanks!

GO back one page in this thread and READ what @scotth944 posted.

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      10-21-2014, 09:30 PM   #138
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Luckily Dackelone had posted a installation link that inspired me to make my own lever "recalibration tool" so that I could make the end of the lever line up to where the stock one would be. It just so happen that the jack handle I had was a perfect fit to the lever cylinder so I could use it to bend the lever end without too much trouble. I also had to use the drill bit you see to keep the shaft lined up correctly while bending the shaft since it kept wanting to twist around on me during the process.
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More info on the calibration tool

How did you protect the Ball from damage and other cracks
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      10-22-2014, 09:01 PM   #139
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More info on the calibration tool

How did you protect the Ball from damage and other cracks
The bar you see in the pictures has a U shaped channel with slot cutouts on both sides. The slots were just large enough for the shaft to fit through so when the ball is inserted in the channel to bend, the stress points tend to be concentrated at locations outside of the channel away from the ball.

The metal shaft is also relatively soft so it's does not take a huge amount of force to bend given it's size.

I placed the original shift lever in the picture here but the sizing is not the same as the replacement shaft. The short shift shaft is slightly smaller in dia. and obviously longer between the ball and trans link attachment point so the one shown does not fit into the channel correctly.

Let me know if you need any other details.
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      10-23-2014, 06:43 PM   #140
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Let me know if you need any other details.
Perfect thank you!

This plus the n54 OEM stock lever for me will create a perfect OEM+ shifter with less reduction/a bit longer throw than the official 128i SSK stick and other SSK sticks for a 128i and the n55 135i/335i

The n54 lever in the 128i is angled towards the engine/console more than I would like, so I will have to do this Bending to adjust it towards rear of car
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      10-23-2014, 06:48 PM   #141
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Today, I came across this photo of various shift levers. You can see that the SSK's have a longer lever under the "ball". Z3M has the shortest throws. I had one on my e36 and it was really quite short. less than 45mm's I'd say from throw to throw. Just FYI for anyone who wants to try to make a SSK lever like @scotth944 did.

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      06-01-2015, 12:12 PM   #142
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I know it's not a 1M, but for a 128, do I need to get both the bushing and lever to effectively upgrade to a SSK (and keep the stock knob and boot I have) or do I just need the lever itself?

Thanks for any input...

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      06-02-2015, 09:31 AM   #143
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I know it's not a 1M, but for a 128, do I need to get both the bushing and lever to effectively upgrade to a SSK (and keep the stock knob and boot I have) or do I just need the lever itself?

Thanks for any input...
Short answer is it depends.

The shift lever is like 80% of the feel/kit. But to get the total effect of a SSK... I would get both the shift lever and saddle arm. That's what BMW offered... so that is the way, I would recommend you to go.


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Short answer is it depends.

The shift lever is like 80% of the feel/kit. But to get the total effect of a SSK... I would get both the shift lever and saddle arm. That's what BMW offered... so that is the way, I would recommend you to go.


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Thanks for the response Dackel! I guess I'm going to get all of what's in the set except the knob and boot to get the most out of it!
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      06-02-2015, 03:37 PM   #145
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Last I checked, the BMW Performance ssk was no longer available.

If you find out differently, please post up!

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      06-03-2015, 07:11 AM   #146
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Last I checked, the BMW Performance ssk was no longer available.

If you find out differently, please post up!

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Hey Neil, take note I drive a 128 rather than a 1M or 135. I checked on one of the vendors online E**Tuning and they do have it for my car. Don't know about a 1M...

I'm sorry if I caused any confusion for 1M owners as I know this is a 1M thread. Just can't find one in the "general population" thread...

I did check and yeah it does not seem to be available for a 1M there.
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Thread revival alert but wanted to contribute.

It's just a quick post to say thanks to all who have contributed to this thread, particularly Dack

The relatively long throw on the 1M shifter has bugged me a little from day one, particularly since my 130i daily driver has the BMW short shift lever fitted and has (had) a much nicer feel to it.

Anyway after reading just about everything ever written about 1M/N54/N55 short shift kits I thought I'd give the 130i/330i short shift lever (part# 25110434219) a go since the 135i short shift lever (part# 25110434217) is no longer available.

Worked out well and very pleased with the results. The throw is much reduced, feels a little notchy but in a lovely direct 'mechanical' way. No problems with any weird off-set of the gear knob etc.

For future reference here's a pic of the three levers I had available during the swap.
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Thread revival alert but wanted to contribute.

It's just a quick post to say thanks to all who have contributed to this thread, particularly Dack

The relatively long throw on the 1M shifter has bugged me a little from day one, particularly since my 130i daily driver has the BMW short shift lever fitted and has (had) a much nicer feel to it.

Anyway after reading just about everything ever written about 1M/N54/N55 short shift kits I thought I'd give the 130i/330i short shift lever (part# 25110434219) a go since the 135i short shift lever (part# 25110434217) is no longer available.

Worked out well and very pleased with the results. The throw is much reduced, feels a little notchy but in a lovely direct 'mechanical' way. No problems with any weird off-set of the gear knob etc.

For future reference here's a pic of the three levers I had available during the swap.
Do you mind posting a picture of where the shift knob is at rest? I'm still trying to look for a short shift lever. Although I do have the BMS Short Shift kit, but I feel the short is too short and it awkward. If this works, I might just get this instead. Thanks!
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Thanks for the pic. Looks to me it's still in the same position as OEM shift knob.
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