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      03-03-2012, 07:55 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by irish77380 View Post
Did it last night, pain in the ass to access but got it eventually. Tried using a retaining clip pliers on the E Clips but too hard to get at. Ended up using a screw driver to get them off. Makes a real difference to car, well worth the effort!! But still a little bit concerned about why BMW put the f@cker in there in the first place. Any of you guys had any issues yet??
As you can see above I did it back in September. During a moment of boredom today I spotted the spring sitting on a shelf in the Garage, then had a crazy idea. What if I refitted the spring upside down, with the wider spaced coils at the top? Would it make a difference?? So I did (f@cking pain in the ass getting it back on but hey I was bored anyway). Took it for a test drive and to my surprise it feels way better back in there. Linear, but much less force required than with the spring removed. Perfect shifts just less effort. Is this just my imagination? Has anyone else tried it??