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post #1 of 11 Old 29th December 2004, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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UUC DSSR Review and Install

Hey Crew.

As some may remember I wrote a review on the UUC Evo 3 shifter a few weeks ago. That thread is located here:

https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/sho...hlight=uuc+evo

At the time I was not able to get the DSSR installed because I was having issues with the clip near the transmission. So - I drove the car with the stock shifter rod in place for a few weeks until I could get time to work on the DSSR install. This was actually informative as it allowed me to see the difference between the stock rod and the DSSR with the Evo 3 shifter.

The Install:

The clip near the tranny is a PIA to get off - especially using just ramps to get access under the car. I used Dave Z.'s trick of using the glove to push on the clip. I believed Dave! Yes - it finally came off - but I also used a screwdriver to pry open the clip somewhat. Some may come off easier than mine - but just be prepared and patient as it may take a little time. You can see the clip - and you can get access to it - so this is a DIY for those so inclined.

Once that clip is off - it is all of 20 minutes to get the rest of the rod installed - very easy.

The fit is PERFECT. Extremely close tolerances. One wonders why BMW didn't design the rod this way to begin with - it makes so much SENSE. When you compare the stock shift rod to the DSSR - well there really is no comparison. The design and build of each are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The difference between the stock shifter and the Evo 3 was night and day. The difference with the DSSR installed is not quite as dramatic - but still a big difference. Shifting is even MORE precise and very solid. The shifts shoot from gate to gate with more precision and accuracy - it is an improvement you can definitely feel.

In conclusion - I would not hesitate to recommend this product. Anyone getting the Evo 3 without the DSSR is missing out on even more precision. I am glad I installed the DSSR as it makes a noticable difference in the shifting feel and accuracy.
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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

I agree, the combo is a "must do" mod, night and day improvement. No rattles either!

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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

The EVO3 /DSSR unit is one of the best mod's for the money I've made.
The fit and finsih of this combo is far from none the best I've seen.
I highly recommend this setup for anyone tired of the notchy stock shifter.



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Hey Crew.

As some may remember I wrote a review on the UUC Evo 3 shifter a few weeks ago. That thread is located here:

https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/sho...hlight=uuc+evo

At the time I was not able to get the DSSR installed because I was having issues with the clip near the transmission. So - I drove the car with the stock shifter rod in place for a few weeks until I could get time to work on the DSSR install. This was actually informative as it allowed me to see the difference between the stock rod and the DSSR with the Evo 3 shifter.

The Install:

The clip near the tranny is a PIA to get off - especially using just ramps to get access under the car. I used Dave Z.'s trick of using the glove to push on the clip. I believed Dave! Yes - it finally came off - but I also used a screwdriver to pry open the clip somewhat. Some may come off easier than mine - but just be prepared and patient as it may take a little time. You can see the clip - and you can get access to it - so this is a DIY for those so inclined.

Once that clip is off - it is all of 20 minutes to get the rest of the rod installed - very easy.

The fit is PERFECT. Extremely close tolerances. One wonders why BMW didn't design the rod this way to begin with - it makes so much SENSE. When you compare the stock shift rod to the DSSR - well there really is no comparison. The design and build of each are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

The difference between the stock shifter and the Evo 3 was night and day. The difference with the DSSR installed is not quite as dramatic - but still a big difference. Shifting is even MORE precise and very solid. The shifts shoot from gate to gate with more precision and accuracy - it is an improvement you can definitely feel.

In conclusion - I would not hesitate to recommend this product. Anyone getting the Evo 3 without the DSSR is missing out on even more precision. I am glad I installed the DSSR as it makes a noticable difference in the shifting feel and accuracy.

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I agree, best mod for the money so far.
I totally agree its an excellent mod. I did the Evo 3 shifter about 8 months ago. I added the dssr about three weeks ago. It seems that shifting from first to second gear is quite a bit harder you have to shift it like you mean it. otherwise it doesn't want to go in gear. Also Ive had the handle come off a few times while shifting.
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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

Question on the EVO3--my car has a UUC SSK installed in Dec 2002 by previous owner. I am thinking that was probably a previous version (EVO2?). Anyone have any knowledge of the difference? The one I have is great in my view.

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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

Boz,

That funny - because I seem to experience the exact opposite now on my 1-2 shifts. It fires out of first and into second like its on autopilot - faster and smoother than before....
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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

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It seems that shifting from first to second gear is quite a bit harder you have to shift it like you mean it. otherwise it doesn't want to go in gear.
I have the same thing...2nd gear needs to be firmly engaged, I've had it actually pop out of 2nd twice. Evo3/DSSR combo was installed a couple months ago, so I thought it would work itself out over time, but it is still the same. All other gears feel great, excellent even...but 2nd gear is a pain, and a real bummer when running up (or down) through the gears. My mechanic says that since this unit doesn't have any adjustments (the ball is fixed) there's really nothing for him to play with.

Rob, any ideas here?

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Re: UUC DSSR Review and Install

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Question on the EVO3--my car has a UUC SSK installed in Dec 2002 by previous owner. I am thinking that was probably a previous version (EVO2?). Anyone have any knowledge of the difference? The one I have is great in my view.
From 12/02, it's the EVO2. EVO3 started shipping around 10/03.

The differences between EVO2 and EVO3 for the M5 include:

1) The self-adjusting primary pivot ERK which provides a permanently smoother and more precise action as well as super-aligning the linkage geometry.

2) Full-length interior vibration isolation material.

3) Oversized lower pivot bearings and altered design which aids installation .

4) Change from an aluminum upper sectio to alloy steel with a greater compensatory mass that smooths shifting.

Is it worth changing? That's a question for you to ask yourself, viewed in terms of the costs involved - a new shifter and installation. We do offer a $100 "customer loyalty" rebate program for trade-ups if do choose to get the EVO3.

There is a DSSR available for the EVO2. It's different, but the difference only has to do with the change in the lower pivot bearings. The functionality is the same, but the part is slightly different and comes with different bearing parts that update the lower assembly to an EVO3 style. Price is the same.

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I have the same thing...2nd gear needs to be firmly engaged, I've had it actually pop out of 2nd twice. Evo3/DSSR combo was installed a couple months ago, so I thought it would work itself out over time, but it is still the same. All other gears feel great, excellent even...but 2nd gear is a pain, and a real bummer when running up (or down) through the gears. My mechanic says that since this unit doesn't have any adjustments (the ball is fixed) there's really nothing for him to play with.

Rob, any ideas here?
The BMW gearboxes have some variability from car to car. It's not unusual to see one car with a specific type of issue and another with absolutely no (or even opposite) similarity of behavior.

What we have found through the years is that the choice of transmission fluid makes a very big difference. Despite the discussions of "special" fluid that BMW recommends, in all reality the M5 gearbox is in the same design family as the earlier V8 and V12 transmissions and will respond the same way. Our recommendation is to use Redline D4 ATF (the "magic potion" for smoothing out BMW gearboxes) or a 50/50 mix of D4 and Redline MTL. Where there are other good combinations (including some recent ones that I will be trying in my personal car), the Redline products have repeatedly been the best choice in our testing.

- Rob

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