Sam’s E46 M3
There was me thinking my interior was finished off with the HardMotorsport RS door pulls and Sabelt harnesses in addition to my Pole Position seats, when Grant Ross pops up with his AKG motorsport shifter for sale at a price I couldn’t say no to. After having a go with Grant’s CAE spring-loaded shifter it became apparent that my little custom made shift was very sloppy in comparison so I was looking forward to getting this AKG bolted in.
So yet again the space in front of my garage saw the M3 up in the air with the exhaust off ready to have the old shift mechanism ripped out. This was easier said than done, the OEM shifter carrier has to be removed as the AKG doesn’t require it, and I think this was made harder by my car being kitted out with Vibra-Technices engine and transmission mounts which stiffen and slightly raises everything. After a few bad words and some grazed knuckles the carrier was out and I could begin bolting up AKG base plate, after which it was pretty straightforward and everything just slotted back into place.
From a driver’s point of view the AKG motorsport Stage II shifter is a massive improvement, it has to be up there with one of the best mods I’ve done; the stick is up closer to the steering wheel and gear selection is very short and direct.
Then I got a bit carried away and didn’t stop at just the shifter, managing to bag a bargain Sparco 330mm steering wheel as the suede finish is now non-existent, so in the near future I plan to drop the wheel off to Jack at Royal Steering wheels and let him work his magic on a retrim. For now it’s had a little clean up and is going to be fitted, but I couldn’t just buy any old boss and just chuck this wheel on, that would be too easy.
I went for the slightly more expensive OMP mounting boss as it’s a one piece cast and not a metal framed jobbie. With any aftermarket steering wheel I enjoy a quick release boss and this time I went for a Go Race GT Circuit bolt-on product as it seems to be a zero play motorsport snap-off. The only downside of going for a snap off steering wheel in this style is you lose your steering wheel horn push, and I just cannot do without a horn so with a bit of cable, a button, label from the old man’s label maker and some help from William Thaw I had a horn again and was fully legit.