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      11-30-2017, 11:00 AM   #1
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Fitted paddle shifters to my SMG E36 M3

Car now fitted with paddle shifters. IMHO, the best mod I've ever done. Just feels so much better driving it.

Also shaves some time, even how little it is, off the gear change process. No hand-to-stick movement and the throw of the stick is longer than the tiny flick of the shifter.

And as always, everything is 100% reversible Zero cutting or splicing in factory wiring.
Ok it will leave some holes on the back of the wheel, but I have a brand new spare M wheel.

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It's money I wouldn't really wanna spend on my E36, but I didn't know people did SMG swaps into E36's! I haven't gotten around to doing my M3 to 328ci suspension, subframe and diff swap. Good job!
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^^ SMG was available from the factory for the E36.
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^^ SMG was available from the factory for the E36.
(in europe)
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It's money I wouldn't really wanna spend on my E36, but I didn't know people did SMG swaps into E36's! I haven't gotten around to doing my M3 to 328ci suspension, subframe and diff swap. Good job!
No swap, OP is in Europe
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I saw that after I found some YouTube videos of the SMG doing SMG things lol.
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Some familiar faces here...

As said, this is the SMG1 gearbox offered on EU spec M3 3.2 models. Since it's the oldest system, it's over 20 years old now, don't expect DCT like shifts.

But it has its charm and while I didn't specifically plan on buying an SMG1 M3, this one happened to cross my path and ticked all the boxes.

In the 4+ year of ownership, I've connected with the system and having 2 friends who also own SMG1 cabrio's and together have deducted its workings and how to troubleshoot, it's a nifty system if you consider the age and context.

I'm a manual guy myself, but I've never missed not having a clutch pedal.
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And for those not familiar with the EU SMG1 stock shifter, this is how it looks:



So these 20+ year newer paddles match the alu-silver/black perfectly. Doesn't even look out of place.

And some other angles of the shiftpaddles





SMG1 hydro unit at bottem left

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It's money I wouldn't really wanna spend on my E36, but I didn't know people did SMG swaps into E36's! I haven't gotten around to doing my M3 to 328ci suspension, subframe and diff swap. Good job!
I assume you've never seen an ITB on E36 M3 either.
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I have seen ITB's as my first BMW in the 90's was an M5, but no, I didn't know the SMG was ever in the E36.
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Cool. Paddle shifters make driving more fun.
Almost as much fun as stick.
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I have seen ITB's as my first BMW in the 90's was an M5, but no, I didn't know the SMG was ever in the E36.
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