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From digest.v7.n1727 Mon May 18 10:43:50 1998
From: "John C. Hanes" <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 1998 10:51:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: <86 and older E30> Roadster lever's a no-no

KC and all of you with older E30's that have the sheet-metal console,

If you're planning on installing an M Roadster shifter lever in your E30 for that ultimate short-shift, either cancel your order and buy an E36 M3 lever, or send the lever to Ben and have him send you an E36 M3 lever. The Roadster lever is too short and will cause the shift rod under the car to rub against the metal housing around your guibo, if it even fits. The E36 M3 lever is about as short as you can get, and may require some modification to clear this housing, such as bending the shift rod a little.

Ben and I (by far mostly Ben) installed an E36 M3 lever in my 1986 325es with the sheet-metal console yesterday, using the original cup and spring assembly, which also have to be modified a bit, destroying the old lever in the process (email me for more info about this). It rubs the aforementioned housing in second gear, so we bent the rod a little and it quieted the noise for the most part, even though the rod needs a little more bending because it still makes a bit of noise. But hot-damn, is it short! We're going to modify the console mountings to get rid of all the slop, but the lever alone will take out almost all of it.

So the bottom line is that the even-shorter Roadster lever definitely won't fit. Get the M3 lever.

  • -John

John C. Hanes
1986 325es 154k
JC/K&N/Bilstein/PBR/Ansa Sport/custom BL-SS Cook Campus, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey
NJ BMWCCA #149905

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