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B&M Short Shift Kit- install

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I am interested in the B&M Short Shift as my next mod on my 02- 996. According to B&M and their install instructions (which I read through) , this is a 1 hour plus job for someone that is competent with tools.

Out of curiosity, I called my local non-dealer Porsche service center and asked them how much they would charge to do the install. They quoted me 3 hours at $110 an hour. Thats a lot of dough for something the manufacturer suggests should take a little over an hour for a novice.

Now I am a bit confused. Either B&M is underestimationg the time and qualifications for DIY or this mechanic is out of their minds. For those of you who have done it, particularly as a DIY, can you set me straight here? Is it as easy as the manual and instructions suggest?

Thanks in advance

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Porsche's own short throw shifter seems to have a warning on it that states that the shifting with a cold engine may be difficult. It that the same with this B&M shifter kit?? If this is not the case I would be interested in "investing" in such a kit. I have been reading these threads and I am still seeing the same issue popping up regularly. What is the secret or is Porsche literature correct.?

HarryR C 2 1999

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I just installed the B&M SSK and it took about 1 hour. ALso, this was my first B&M install. So confident now, that I would actually help somebody else if they needed the help. Paying the dealer $350 is insane.

I haven't noticed the "cold" shift problem, but then again I am in Vegas.

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I installed mine in about an hour and a half last Sunday. It was very easy. The only thing that I would add to the B&M instructions is that you mark where the shift cables are positioned in the cable ends before you remove them. Also leave the transmission in neutral. Otherwise it is a very easy unbolt and bolt job. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 3 (easy) as far as complexity.


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I had my B&M SSK installed by my mechanic (I hate tools) last week. It took 1 hr. with road test ($95). It works great. I have heard some threads where they suggest the shifting is "harder" than the stock. It may be due to installation or adjustment? All I know is mine works great. I personally think this should be stock (I know Porsche is looking for extra$$$). I love it!

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The hardest part is cutting those **** plastic tabs out that hold in the OEM shifter.  I used a few 4-letter bombs during that one.  The instructions make it sound like an exacto will just cut them away.  Yeah right.

Give each plastic tab a whack with a mallet using a large flathead screwdriver or chisel and they'll come out quickly (wear glasses, though. The tabs will go sailing.)

This is at most a couple of hours for a first time DIYer. Go for it. Just remember its a slippery slope to the next mod. And the next.....

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A also just did it last Sunday, came out great, although i didnt mark the cables :oops: but everything seems to have worked out as is. Definately give it a shot if your somewhat competent with tools. I totally agree with LVDell, those tabs stink to get out. Overall a great DIY and look at the other posts on this subject, follow the instructions, if you can print them out in color your better off.

By the way, I highly recommend becoming a contributing member of this site. You will get a wealth of knowledge, accessing the TSB's & save a load of $$$.

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I just bought a B@M Shifter. Look at :


Cost : $ 199.99

B&M Porsche Boxter 986 911 996 Shifter 45135

[45135] $199.99

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B&M's Short Throw Manual Shifters for Porsche are CAD-designed and engineered direct bolt-in replacement shifters - the only tools needed to install it are simple hand tools! These shifters feature counter-balanced bottom ends for more precise shifts. Extremely tight tolerances make these shifters the smoothest, most accurate shifters available. And B&M offers you a lifetime warranty. If performance means everything to you, let B&M give you the edge!

Key features:

Engineered for Precision Shifts

Shift throw reduced for quicker shifts

416 Heat treated Stainless steel stick

CNC Machined aluminum carrier with bearings

CNC Machined aluminum pivots with nylon inserts

Direct bolt on installation

B&M #45135

35% Throw Reduction

Now I will need to get it installed and I have 2 left hands....anybody in the Bay area that wants to help / volonteer... the pizza and beer is on me of course..


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