Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/27/04 9:05 a.m.

Now that we've gotten a few things off of our proverbial plate, we have once again turned our attention to our Project M3. We'll be examining some brake and suspension upgrades in our upcoming November 2004 issue. After this we went to work on some other areas that needed attention.

We were not satisfied with the way the stock M3 shifted gears. While adequate, the shift throws were long and certainly not confidence inspiring. After rebuilding the stock shifter to like new condition with new bushings and proper lubrication, we began to experiment with quick shift kits.

Rather than just stick a quick shift kit on and tell you that it is great, we decided to actually objectively and subjectively evaluate three popular shift kits from B&M, UUC and Autosolutions. While we will tell you that all three companies make nice kits and all three kits are very different in feel and execution, you will have to wait for the magazine series to start to get the full details.

Later this month we plan on going to Active Autowerke of Miami, FLA to test several different exhaust systems and to ring some more horsepower out of our M3 with some fuel injection upgrades. We'll give you more details when we get back from South Florida.

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