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      07-21-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Where's all the aftermarket paddles? Is it on hold due to wiring, etc, or is it something that will be very expensive and not worth producing?

The E46 M3 had the a few options like the Royal F1 paddles:

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      07-21-2009, 01:18 AM   #2
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I've wondered this too, honestly. I haven't seen anything at all.
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      07-21-2009, 03:10 AM   #3
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It'll be interesting to see the options when and if they ever do become available
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      07-21-2009, 06:54 AM   #4
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hey amir87 are you trying to retrofit the dct paddles on your e46?
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      07-21-2009, 02:03 PM   #5
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hey amir87 are you trying to retrofit the dct paddles on your e46?
I'm doing it on my 335. I was wondering why there aren't any aftermarket paddles since OEM is like ~$500.
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      07-21-2009, 09:52 PM   #6
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Maybe we could get a list going to show interest?

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      07-22-2009, 07:43 AM   #7
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Yeah , I was wondering too. I would love to get those long shifter paddles like shown in the first picture. Add my name to the list to Amir bhai.
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I wonder if M5/M6 paddles worked on the M3. The M5/M6 ones light up no?
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that would be nice to have an aftermarket option of DCT Paddle Shifters but honestly for me i love the stock one too much unless there was something amazing out there that befounded me
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I wonder if M5/M6 paddles worked on the M3. The M5/M6 ones light up no?
The M5/M6 ones do light up and unfortunately the wiring does not accomodate the paddles for the M3. Yes, I've tried.
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Where's all the aftermarket paddles? Is it on hold due to wiring, etc, or is it something that will be very expensive and not worth producing?
To walk that fine line of NOT trying to promote my company, MRTM Design, Inc. in which I too have designed an aftermarket set of Shift Paddles for the E46 M3 that can be found at HorsePowerFreak's website, I've looked into doing this. The MAJOR issue is that it IS NOT cost efficient to do this design...Why?

Even though there is a market for such a product, there really is only one way to do this and that way is with a "core" type charge. The attachment point on the E9x models are inside the steering column, unlike the E46 M3s being exposed outside the steering column. So for a company like mine, it's too much money to go in this direction. The price to do a "core" type sale is gonna be $900 (for new DCT steering wheel assembly) + the price of the Shift Paddle cost. You would have to send back your steering wheel assembly, but then it has to be brand new, as this would be reused & sent out to the next customer. The Shift Paddles could be sold seperately and some will/can do as a DIY, but the majority will want to just have it done for them or installed for them. Also as you can see, the number of people who want to do this does not merrit doing it, especially making the cost low enough for anyone to justify buying it. Anyone who is in the manufacturing/design industry will explain, that the price of the finished product has to re-coup the cost of design, materials, R&D, etc. and that price would NOT be re-couped unless the product will sell in the hundreds to thousands.

Also, for anyone also wondering, the 335, E9x M3, E6x M5 & M6 all have different steering wheel assemblies...I've also looked into that too.
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I guess we'll just have to put on some glow in the dark stickers on the - and + signs.
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