From digest.v7.n911 Fri Jan 9 13:33:18 1998
From: mrutledge_at_dynal.com (Mike Rutledge)
Date: Fri, 09 Jan 1998 15:48:00 GMT
Subject: Bav Autosport, installing my short shifter and a fuel comsumption question
First, a follow up to the thread a few days ago regarding Bavarian
Autosport. I have the antenna mast with no teeth in the cord. My
dealer only stocked the toothed version (at ~$35). He could order the
smooth one, cost ~$54. I don't think so. Opened my handy-dandy
Bavarian Autosport catalog and saw the aftermarket mast for ~25.
Called them up. Gave them my CC#, asked for delivery at my work vice
my billing address. He said no problem. Would take about 3-4 working
days. That was last Friday. Yesterday, it was here, and was the
correct part. A relatively minor part, I know, but I have no
complaints. This was my fist order from them.
Second. I installed my MM short shifter kit. Beforehand, I bought
the 2 shifter blocks, a guibo and a transmission rear seal, as 'just
in case' parts. The shifter kit came with some instructions, but they
were kinda vague.
- Ran the car up on ramps in the front, then jacked the rear and put it
- Removed the weird looking brace that extends from the transmission
towards the exhaust pipe. Some kind of spacer to keep the pipe from
getting too close?
- Dropped all the exhaust donuts, and let the pipe drop to the floor.
- Left the manifold end connected.
- Removed heat shield.
- Got all 6 guibo bolts out, looked okay, won't replace the bolts.
- Guibo looked almost new. Previous owner? Dunno.
- Finally figured out that there was a pin extending from the tranny
into the driveshaft, requiring removal of the center driveshaft
support, to 'bend' it and get the driveshaft off the tranny. Once
that was done, there was plenty of room to operate.
- Jumped in the car. Pulled up the leather boot. Removed 2 layers of
insulation. Pulled up to rubber boot. Got out the lock ring pliers
(never thought I would use those again) and removed the lock ring.
- Went underneath, and disconnected the rear bushing on the shifter.
- Lifted out the shifter rod, and all the parts on that.
- Removed 2 allen head bolts that hold the 'shifter tray' on. The
rubber in the old shifter blocks was completely gone. This was
probably 95% of the slop in the shifter.
- Finally got the lock sleeve off the tranny end of the shifter with a
screwdriver and removed the pin, dropping the last part of the shifter
off the tranny.
- Getting the old upper shifter off the lower portion was the 2nd worst
part of the job. Mine required drilling a hole on top of the lockring
and pushing out the lockring with the drill bit. Oh-yeah, I need to
buy a new bit... Finally got it off and separated the 2 pieces.
- NOTE!!! Write down the order of parts as they come off the old
shifter and NOTE!!! which way the bend in the shifter is in relation
to the front/back of the lower portion. The upper portion can be
installed backwards onto the lower portion. Don't ask me how I know.
- Reassembly of the upper and lower portion of the shifter part was the
worst. Getting that damn lockring back in. Got pretty good at it on
the 3rd time. Don't ask, but NOTE the order of parts as they come off
the old one!!!!!
- People should note that the nylon 'cups that surround the shift ball
should be replaced as well, but I didn't know and didn't have them, so
From that point, reassembly was pretty easy. Got all the shifter
bushings, and pins and sleeves reinstalled, and got the plate back on
with new shifter blocks. Used thread lock on the allen bolts for the
shifter tray. Only place I used it.
- Got the guibo installed.
- Started the bolts for the center driveshaft support.
- Got the little bracket back on.
- Reinstalled the heat shield.
- Rehung the exhaust.
- Remembered the driveshaft center support.
- Dropped the exhaust.
- Dropped the heat shield.
- Tightened driveshaft support bolts.
- Reinstalled heat shield
- Rehung the exhaust.
Finished. Love the new feel, but again, I think new shifter blocks
would have solved most of my slop problem.
Sorry for the length,
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