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#4968 of 12737 dzuba: Short Shift Kit (SSK).....
Nov 01, 2002 (6:17 pm)
reduces the "throw distance" between gears in a manual trans. Most factory shifters including BMW require your move the shifter a long distance to select the next gear. Using a SSK reduces this distance enabling you to change gears quicker. I currently own a 1993 325i with Sport Package, Dinan chip & exhaust system, etc. and installed a SSK in 1994 and that is one of the first mods I am going to do on my 2003 530i. I could not live with a factory shifter for more than a few weeks after my 325i and racing sports cars for the past eight years. BTW, UUC is just one of many companies that make SSKs. There are many opinions of which is best, but it comes down to personal preference.
Hope this helps....JL
#4969 of 12737 SSK Follow up question
Nov 01, 2002 (6:26 pm)
Buying a car with the SSK already installed - does that void any warranty that you know of? If I do not like the SSK (for whatever reason) can I take it off and restore the factory one? Thanks!
#4970 of 12737 dzuba, mseals
Nov 01, 2002 (6:27 pm)
If you are considering a 528i 5-speed, I think it will be quicker than an automatic 1998 Maxima GLE. If I'm not mistaken, the automatic (4-speed) Maxima is at least 1+ second slower in 0-60 than the 5-speed manual. I even think an automatic 528i would be close to an automatic 1995-2001 Maxima, since the BMW automatic is a 5-speed and the performance penalty of the automatic over a manual isn't as great in the BMW as it is in the Maxima.
But please test drive them yourself. I agree with mseals that once up to speed, the difference is negligable. And there is no doubt that any 5-series will be much better handling and steering than any Maxima, SE included. Especially a 528 or 530 sport. When it comes right down to it, acceleration is less important to me than handling. That even holds for my S2000.
P.S. Don't drive an M5! I drove a brand new 2001 model for an afternoon two years ago and for six months thereafter, my Maxima felt like an underpowered Buick.
Nov 01, 2002 (6:29 pm)
I did notice that the throws were longer than than usual. I don't think that I would be interested in a SSK though because one of the things that I like about the 528i is how smooth it is driving. There is no choppy feeling to it even though it is a manual. After having it for a while I might change my mind, but for now I will wait and see.
Nov 01, 2002 (6:34 pm)
Man, that is the funniest thing I have heard, but I keep hearing if from everyone who has driven them. The M5 must be totally incredible and it must cause people to lose their license at an alarming rate. I saw a guy yesterday behind me in a 5 series, he kept coming up on my bumper right after we left the light. Well due to the rush hour traffic, there was nothing that I could do to get out of his way. When I finally made some distance enough in front of him to see his entire front end, I notice the big gaping lower scoop and realized that is was an M5. It was almost as if he had a hard time not taking a whole shot ahead of everyone.
Nov 02, 2002 (1:31 pm)
The darn thing is a 4-door sedan and accelerates harder than a 911, it is ridiculous. I think I might have to go see my sales guy before the production ends.
#4974 of 12737 SSK follow-iup....
Nov 02, 2002 (6:37 pm)
The SSK does not void the warranty because it does not modify the actual drivetrain (engine/gearbox). The SSK replaces several "bolt on" shifter linkage components and can be removed at anytime and the OEM parts reinstalled. I am accustomed to short throw shifters, but it might not make a difference to others.
Hope this helps....JL
#4975 of 12737 dinan mods
Nov 02, 2002 (6:54 pm)
i'm planning on installing the dinan software chip modifications for the engine and trans on my 1994 540i, as well as the cold air intake. for those that have done similar modifications, what kind of performance difference have you noticed? in retrospect, did you think it was worth it? i also want to be very safe in doing this, so as to not compromise the longevity of my engine or trans. any thoughts on this? thanks.
#4976 of 12737 Mods & Tweaks....
Nov 03, 2002 (7:19 am)
fasr: I think this site offers great information regarding car ownership & purchasing, but for mods & tweaks, I think the www.bmw.tips.com site is more useful.
Hope this helps....JL
#4977 of 12737 Question on Xenons and Manual/Non-Sport
Nov 03, 2002 (11:18 am)
Can you add them aftermarket somehow? Through the dealer I presume?
Anyone out there drive a 530 Manual Non-Sport? As I will be driving so much, am wondering if I should lean the non-sport route?