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Old 02-14-2013, 12:14 AM
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Did you replace anything else while you had the trans out? How'd your clutch look (how many miles?) I'd think the pivot pin and throwout bearing would be a relatively cheap pieces that would be easily replaced; with my luck I'd think I could get away without replacing it, then it would start squealing two days after getting it back together.
I looked at all that, and it looked pretty good. It has had a clutch replacement at some stage, so I wasnt that concerned.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:04 AM
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Any idea on the difficulty of the install? DIY? Estimated hours at a shop? Would the whole center console need to removed? Just wondering as I would be very interested if this DIYable or minimal hours at a shop.. Either way it is exciting to finally see a mod / add-on for the e53!!
Most of the work is done from under the "SAV". Very little is done from the console that I can tell. If your mechanically inclined, I would totally do it. I'm gonna get a good look at it from the under-side to see if you can install it with out removing the transmission. My gut feeling is yes... but I'm doing mine during the clutch swap. No idea as to what shop time would cost ya. I'd ask an ind. shop in your area what they charge for reference.

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I've been wondering whether anyone has tried using original equipment shifters from other BMW models on their X5s; I know that for the e28, e32 & e34, the shifter from the Z3 is a popular alternative to aftermarket short-shifters. Provided the pivot ball and bushing where the shift rod connects to the selector rod is the same, I don't see why it shouldn't work. E28 Shifter FAQ - MyE28.com
The shift lever is pretty unique and different from other bmw shifters. Mostly it has a sharp kink above the pivot ball and has some longer sections, not saying you can't modify an exsisting shifter. Here's a link from realoem showing the shift assembly. RealOEM.com * BMW E53 X5 3.0i Gear shift parts,manual transm./4-wheel

I have thought about bending and modifying one of those solid aluminum shifters off ebay. Pretty cheap and you can use your existing shifter as a template......just with the longer section below the pivot ball....but UUC shifter package is simply amazing and the quality is second to none. I may try to build an "ebay" one for giggles and gaggles.

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YES.
And it pisses me off. It has nothing to do with the CDV. Its the stupid fly by wire throttle control and I haven't been able to find any way of fixing it.
Benvette, I know BMW came out with DME update (SIB 1220404) to address the "stumble" or "hole" in the throttle map. Mine was done in 2011. It helped a ton. You may want to look into that. The Jim Conforti Shark Injector reprogram sharpened the throttle right up and eliminated any residual lag of the fbw. I love my shark injector. I'm getting one for the wife's X3. Just a thought for you as well.

Also...check your disa valve---that can cause goofy stuff if that flap is well...flapping around.

Another thing that I will be doing is going away from the self adjusting clutch mechanism as I honestly think it can kinda kill that solid "connected" feel that these new BMW's don't have. Who cares if their clutch engagement point changed by a 1/2 inch over its lifetime. I have a good idea..."lets add complexity and a solution to a question that no one is asking!". My rant for the night...I gotta go study.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:01 AM
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Thanks Green dragon. I will look into the DME update.
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2004 X5 3.0 6MT Premium / Cold Weather owned since 48K; now almost 120K in NoVA. Its a hammer for commuting around DC area once up to speed.

Just installed DISA repair kit from G.A.S (along with a new CCV kit from ECS). Huge improvement in smoothness and reduced surging off the line 1-2. Consistent all the way to redline, and eliminated jerkiness when on/off throttle. Pleasure to drive now. Often skip gears when just tooling around in stop and go traffic and amazed at how flexible the 3.0 is holding a gear at low revs. Would be interested in the UUC SSK.

Next item is installing an OEM hitch I got from ECS thats been sitting in the garage for like 6 months.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:49 AM
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Benvette, I know BMW came out with DME update (SIB 1220404) to address the "stumble" or "hole" in the throttle map. Mine was done in 2011. It helped a ton. You may want to look into that. The Jim Conforti Shark Injector reprogram sharpened the throttle right up and eliminated any residual lag of the fbw. I love my shark injector. I'm getting one for the wife's X3. Just a thought for you as well.

Also...check your disa valve---that can cause goofy stuff if that flap is well...flapping around.

+1 on aftermarket software, my old VW needed a "chip" mod for it to have smooth throttle response, shark injector sounds nice i'll have to look it up, or you could always go Dinan stage 1 software for 300 bucks or so?

I will also look into the DME software update from the dealer, is it free and would it apply to pre-facelifts? Sometimes i feel that drive by wire lag and its annoying!

Haven't done the DISA full upgrade yet but I replaced the seal with a silicone o-ring from G.A.S. and it got smoother, the flap was working flawlessly as far as I could test so I didnt bother with replacing the assembly, yet.
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Benvette, I know BMW came out with DME update (SIB 1220404) to address the "stumble" or "hole" in the throttle map. Mine was done in 2011. It helped a ton. You may want to look into that. The Jim Conforti Shark Injector reprogram sharpened the throttle right up and eliminated any residual lag of the fbw. I love my shark injector. I'm getting one for the wife's X3. Just a thought for you as well.

Also...check your disa valve---that can cause goofy stuff if that flap is well...flapping around.
So there is something there! Any idea on cost for the reflash?

Thanks!
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:14 PM
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Speaking of short shifter kits, I just bumped into this while browsing the Schmiedmann website.. Looks like a nice piece, specifically for the e53 with adjustable positions and all. $145 US doesn't sound bad for that. Anybody here using one & able to report on it?



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I called UUC and inquired about their performance clutch kit for the 6-speed.....more on that later.....

I also asked about the short shift kit for our manual e53's. The fellow I talked to said they are ready to start production, and are just waiting for pre-orders to fill up more. If you are interested in thier Evo-3 shifter including the DSSR selector rod go here: http://store.uucmotorwerks.com/categ...bmw+x5&x=9&y=7.

They don't charge till they ship out. My "dirty toilet plunger rowing" days are nearing an end. (Okay, its an exaggeration but you get my point.)
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Got the truck back today shifts smooth. needed a flywheel as well damn thats pricey but the clutch actually exploded ill post pics at a later date

glad to have her back and shifting nice now onto a few other maintence items
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:13 PM
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Fired up the X5 for the first time yesterday supercharged... WoW!!! The sound... Unrecognizable!!! The RMS kit is amazing. SUPER CLEAN.. To say the least. More to come......


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Old 02-16-2013, 03:50 AM
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Got the truck back today shifts smooth. needed a flywheel as well damn thats pricey but the clutch actually exploded ill post pics at a later date

glad to have her back and shifting nice now onto a few other maintence items

What caused it to explode and was it dragging making shifting difficult before?
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