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      09-03-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Active Autowerke short shifter review

I got my short shifter installed today at AA and here are my thoughts:

Stock M3 6MT transmission:
Overall, I like the transmission and enjoy the manual shifting. It always has been very smooth for me and like most, I felt the throws were too long. Additionally, i was surprised that the was some "slop" in the transmission. Although minor, it is present and i do notice. This "slop" is most noticeable when, for example you are in gear, depress the throttle, release the throttle, and then depress the throttle again- the transmission doesn't feel perfectly tight and the shifter vibrates a bit.

Active Autowerke short shifter:

short throw- It is advertised as 30% shorter throws and it sounds about right. Throws are noticeablely shorter and feel very precise. The height of the shifter is the same though.

"Slop"- I was surprised to find the "slop" was virtually gone or at the very least markedly improved. The system feels very tight and still extremely smooth.

knob- i stuck with the stock knob for now since I live in South Florida and the aluminum knob heats up pretty good. i think it is a personal preference, but i am happy with my choice so far.

AA facility- it was my 1st visit there ( i live like 20 min away), but I'm sure it won't be my last. There were a number of cars in the shop, noteabley a blk e92 m3 that was getting an exhaust/chip/springs installed. I must say, the exhaust sounds amazing- similiar to the youtube clip, but better of course IRL. The staff was friendly, knowlegdeable and helpful. There were about 8 car bays which were clean and organized- top notch as far as I say.

Overall- I think this short shifter is a must for 6MT owners, the precision is markedly improved as well as the throw distance. Although this is a brief review since I got it today (Tues), I am very pleased with this mod and will give an update in a few days.
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      09-03-2008, 02:05 AM   #2
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nice review thanks.
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      09-03-2008, 02:47 AM   #3
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Yes, very nice review.
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I wasn't aware that AA had released any ECU tuning for the E92 M3. Were they doing a custom tune on the car?
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      09-03-2008, 07:58 AM   #5
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This is the kind of review that I like to read
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Quote:
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I wasn't aware that AA had released any ECU tuning for the E92 M3. Were they doing a custom tune on the car?
From my knowledge, they are in development - but I dont think its ready yet!!
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      09-03-2008, 09:27 AM   #7
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They just released their chip (performance software) for $1200 this week. I don't have the exact numbers, but I think they told me 17hp/12 tq. So yes, they were tuning the other M3 that was their.
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the only negative thing i read from your review is that it still sits kind of high...
it didnt drop at all?
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      09-03-2008, 01:01 PM   #9
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Is it height adjustable?
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      09-03-2008, 04:21 PM   #10
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Is it height adjustable?
No, not from what i understand.
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      09-03-2008, 04:33 PM   #11
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Great review, thanks for your input!
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      09-03-2008, 06:32 PM   #12
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nice, im happy with the stock shifter tho. I came from a VERY short shifter with metal shift bushings in my evo, it was short, notchy, and harsh but i loved it! haha
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      09-03-2008, 10:37 PM   #13
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thanks... gotta put the SSK on my list of mods
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      09-04-2008, 12:04 AM   #14
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Is there any change in the way it looks over stock when using the stock knob?

Can you show an interior pic with the SSK installed?
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      09-04-2008, 12:11 AM   #15
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Cool, I'm glad that someone finally released one.
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What was the cost on the shifter as well as install... What was the time to install too??
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What was the cost on the shifter as well as install... What was the time to install too??
Ya, how long was install time?
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Is there any change in the way it looks over stock when using the stock knob?

Can you show an interior pic with the SSK installed?
+1 Please.



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      09-05-2008, 08:22 AM   #19
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Hello Board,

Not sure if this helps...



Let me know ...
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      09-05-2008, 10:19 AM   #20
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the only negative thing i read from your review is that it still sits kind of high...
it didnt drop at all?

why would you say that is negative. That is a good thing. the closer your shifter is to the steering wheel the better (for track use).

I was worried that the SSK's would lower the knob.
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why would you say that is negative. That is a good thing. the closer your shifter is to the steering wheel the better (for track use).

I was worried that the SSK's would lower the knob.

I would like it to sit a little lower, on my E46 330, i got the B&M and it just looked so much better, sitting lower in the boot!
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It looks to me if you use their knob that it might sit a little lower.
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