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      10-01-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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UUC SSK Installed

Just had my UUC short shifter installed by my BMW tech. FANTASTIC MOD!!!!! Finally have positive gear selection with NO slop! Coupled with the RK Magnum shift knob, the experience is so improved, I don't regret getting the manual anymore.
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      10-01-2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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Just had my UUC short shifter installed by my BMW tech. FANTASTIC MOD!!!!! Finally have positive gear selection with NO slop! Coupled with the RK Magnum shift knob, the experience is so improved, I don't regret getting the manual anymore.
Notchiness?
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      10-01-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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      10-01-2008, 09:53 PM   #4
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I'm having mine installed as soon as I get my car as well. The throws on the M3 are way too long IMO.

Glad to hear you like it.
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      10-02-2008, 11:55 AM   #5
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please tell me that you have before and after pics..
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      10-02-2008, 01:28 PM   #6
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Im very interested in this mod as well. More feedback would be appreciated!
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      10-02-2008, 03:09 PM   #7
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      10-02-2008, 05:05 PM   #8
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Nice. Mine has been in shipping since last Friday. Takes damn UPS ground a week to get to the West coast from the East coast. Glad you like it. I am going to have mine installed hopefully next week.
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      10-02-2008, 05:27 PM   #9
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      10-02-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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did they have to remove exhaust?
how long was the install?
cost of install?
review of part please?
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      10-02-2008, 06:06 PM   #11
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Installed mine too just yesterday and the throws are fantastic.
They have bit of notchiness maybe until they get used a little bit.
Throws are seemingly shorter, much more precise than the stock.
However, the shift knob itself seems like taller than before but I'm getting other shift knob anyway. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of before modification but personally don't regret installing it. Definitely a must MOD for the M3's.
They took about hour and half to install and I was lucky on the cost because a best friend of my brother did it for me and I just treated him 20 dollars of lunch lol.
They didn't have to remove the exhaust but had to lift the car to work under.
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      10-02-2008, 06:40 PM   #12
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Taller? I thought this was adjustable?
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      10-02-2008, 08:19 PM   #13
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Taller? I thought this was adjustable?
I have mine here and it is definitely adjustable.
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      10-02-2008, 11:20 PM   #14
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Just had my UUC short shifter installed by my BMW tech. FANTASTIC MOD!!!!! Finally have positive gear selection with NO slop! Coupled with the RK Magnum shift knob, the experience is so improved, I don't regret getting the manual anymore.
Enlighten me...

Who is UUC?

How much is there SSK?

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      10-02-2008, 11:35 PM   #15
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Enlighten me...

Who is UUC?

How much is there SSK?

UUC Evo3 Ultimate Shifter


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      10-03-2008, 12:01 AM   #16
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I got mine already too It's waiting for me in Florida. I'll be in California until the mid November. Can't wait to get back home and install it
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Taller? I thought this was adjustable?
hmm... how do you adjust this? lol I'm just totally noob on installing these plus i'm not the one who installed this. I knew it was adjustable but totally forgot hahaha...
stupidity~~ sorry for the wrong info~~ i'll definitely adjust my height or say try to~
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      10-10-2008, 10:19 AM   #18
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So I just installed this and thought I would post my thoughts. Pictures to some as soon as I get them off my camera.

Install took me about 2 hours total. This was by myself and with a lift. Having a buddy would certainly help as there are several steps that alternate between in the car and under it. Having the extra person would save having to raise and lower the car multiple times.

This is the third UUC SSK that I have installed. One in my E46 330i and one in a friend's E36 M3. This was easier in some parts and harder in others.

In general, getting access under the car is the trickiest part. There is one plastic panel under the tranny. This comes out with a few screws. The tricky one is the aluminum heat shield above the exhaust. This is where if you are going to replace the exhaust it would probably be simpler to remove that to get to the heat shield. Since I was not replacing the exhaust I left it in place. What I was able to do was unbolt the heat shield (luckily there are several smaller sections) and gently slide it backwards about 6-8 inches. This created enough access to the shifter area without having to drop the exhaust. Just be careful as it would be pretty easy to bend or rip the heat shield.

Once the linkage was disconnected and the old shifter was out it was time for the bitch clips. These were surprisingly trivial. There are two of them but they are lower and you can actually see them to pry them out.

With the clips out it was time to remove the carrier. This turned out to be trickier than expected and in the end I didn't actually remove it. Supposedly you can slide the carrier forward so it comes out of the rear bracket. No luck with that at all. The top of the tranny kept getting in the way. I even tried loosening the tranny support a bit for some extra clearance but no luck. So I installed the pivot relocation cup with the carrier still in the car. With the clips removed there was enough play to get the screws in from inside the car. I did cut off about an inch from the long end of the allen wrench so I could get it in there. Requires some nimble fingers but it is doable.

Reassembly was straightforward. I left it at the stock height for now and I'm using the stock shift knob. I had the RK5 in the 330 and liked the extra weight but I think I'll stick with the stock one for now.

All I can say is that I have been waiting for this ever since I got the car and I am not disappointed. Coming from the 330 with the SSK installed it almost felt like I was rowing a boat. Now shifts are short and crisp. There is a little notchiness going into first and second but that was there with the stock shifter as well. I'm still under 5k miles so I expect that to smooth out a bit. The wife took it out and said it was "fun".
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Great review!

Personally I think all sports cars should just come standard with a short shifter - its just quicker and funner. I think UUC since the days of the E36 and E46 and even now - have always led the BMW market in short shift kits. From all my customers they've always reported great feedback on them over the other products we've carried
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I had the UUC EVO III SSK on my '04 E46M3, and was debating on getting it for my e9. The UUC SSK was one of the best bang for the buck mod on that car, but i'll have to admit the "spooling" sound was something that concerned a tad; and did increase for the duration I drove that car.
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I had the UUC EVO III SSK on my '04 E46M3, and was debating on getting it for my e9. The UUC SSK was one of the best bang for the buck mod on that car, but i'll have to admit the "spooling" sound was something that concerned a tad; and did increase for the duration I drove that car.
Spooling?
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