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From digest.v7.n269 Sat Sep 13 05:44:50 1997
From: Duane Collie <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 01:21:20 -0400
Subject: A.C. Schnitzer Short Shift Kit E36

Just got my new AC Schnitzer Short Shift Kit today for the RABIDmobile. Run home, wash the car for National Capital Chapterfest tomorrow (Concours, Swap Meet & Autocross). Now.... It's 8 p.m. and I can either Q-tip and scrub the car for the concours or jack 'er up and dive in for the Shift Linkage swap. Its a no-brainer...whadda I want a bunch o' people poking for dirt on my car with white gloves and q-tips? ME GO FAST at Autocross instead.

Let me say, this was a truly miserable experience installing the linkage. Four hours later and help from Mark Childs ('85 M6), it was finally in! I would recommend a pro install on this unless you truly enjoy being a contortionist and eating gobs of underbody grit as your fingers cramp up reaching into too tight places. We liked to never got the rear bushing seated on the ACS lever. Took us two hours to tediously clamp/reclamp it as the tolerances were too tight, and if I had not had a "C-Clamp set of Vice Grips" we could not have done the job. I like wrenching cars - but this task was the pits - even worse than muffler replacements.

Too tired to drive it much. Initial impressions are: MUCH shorter throw, tighter gates. Heavier shift feel. Aluminum Knob feels really funky. All the slop is gone. Requires a more defined shift. Far superior to AutoThority's SS Kit that I drove in David Lassalle's M3 two weeks ago (then , there is a price variance!). Transforms the shifting totally. I'll know more after Chapterfest tomorrow.

Duane Collie

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