e9XM3- e9X335- e8x135

What This Section Covers


1. New Patented Pivot System

2. Thicker More Rigid Inner Lever 

3. E9XM3

4. E9X 328

5. E9X 335

6. E8X 135

7. E8X 128


This section addresses many shifters that use generally the same construction techniques . However the many shifters on this page are not interchangeable . The e9XM3 shifter will only fit the e9XM3 and will not fit an e9X 335. E8x135 are also peculiar and will not interchange with e8x128. The commonality is the price and the construction technique. 


Shown here is the e9xM3 shifter in its 23% reduction version and 10 mm taller than stock lever. This shifter was ordered with these specific specs. Our customer wanted a shifter that will provide him with less than 25% reduction but more than 20%. The reasoning was that there was not enough feedback for him below 20% but since the car was going to see a lot of day to day traffic he did not want to go past 25% on account of the additional effort required by a shorter throw shifter.

Moreover , our customer wanted to use the ZHP knob which like the F10 knob presented 13 mm lower than the OEM knob inside the passenger compartment. Hence the requirement to build the lever a little taller than OEM to make up for the drop. In this case 10 mm added height was chosen.


The price $399. Had he chosen to retain stock height and reduce the throw 15%, the price would have remained at $399. Had his car being a 335i with a weird offset rod or a 135i with an offset coupler the price would have remained at $399.


The beauty of this system is that it allows us to offer a semi custom shifter at or near standard production parts. We do not charge according to the cost of your car. We charge the amount it takes to build as good a shifter we can to meet your needs. Only very rarely the shifter will fall outside the semi custom parameters and the price will increase accordingly. For examples go here

Ultra Kits without Shift Arm $399

This is the best we offer for the cars listed above. The commonality of construction between all these models is twofold

1. All these kits use the cartridge pivot system rather than the ball and bushing pivot used by the OEM mechanism

2. All these kits use a much  thicker inner lever than the OEM lever 

Above is a side by side of the two pivots . OEM on the right and AutoSolutions on the left. The OEM lever uses a nylon pivot ball that sits in a nylon cup rather loosely held by tension in the aluminium socket of the shift carrier or bracket . The AutoSolutions lever relies instead on hard chrome polished spherical bearing that is Teflon lined for minimal friction and that is positively bolted to the socket in the carrier. While the OEM ball will wiggle in its location, Our pivot does not move at all. 


Below is a side by side picture of the two levers. OEM on the right and AutoSolutions on the left. Note the difference in diameter of the inner lever. The more rigid lever transmits the force from your hand to the transmission more positively

E9XM3 Ultra Shifter  $399


Left is AutoSolutions, right is OEM. 


As you can see the shape and ergonomics are the same. So is the way the shifter presents in the passenger compartment. The lever will accept all BMW knobs or can be customized to accept non BMW knobs ( see CUSTOM WORK). Even our connection to the transmission is offset up just like the OEM shifter.


Notable differences of course are the materials used. Solid selector rod with stainless steel pins replace welded tubular rods, A Teflon lined spherical pivot rated at several thousands of pounds that is solidly bolted to the carrier and isolated from gearbox noise using rubber o rings and the teflon liner itself. More noise isolation is used between the inner and outer lever. this is a very civilized shifter.


The throw can be set to your liking or needs. The typical reductions we build cover a very wide range of reductions from about 7% to 35%. 

So can the shift lever height. Usually we will build as low as 3/4 of an inch (19mm ) shorter height than OEM and as high as 1 inch (25mm) taller than OEM but the vast majority of our builds are typically within 1/2 inch or 13mm on either side of the OEM height.


All our shifters are supplied with a pair of new bushings for the shift arm carrier or bracket ensuring that the connection to the transmission is like new. However upgrading this connection is possible using what we think is the best carrier bushing set around

E9X328 Ultra Shifter


Left is AutoSolutions, right is OEM. 


As you can see the shape and ergonomics are the same. So is the way the shifter presents in the passenger compartment. The lever will accept all BMW knobs or can be customized to accept non BMW knobs ( see CUSTOM WORK). Even our connection to the transmission is offset up just like the OEM shifter. And our solid selector rod mimics the shape of the OEM rod hence maintaining proper clearances from moving parts.


Notable differences of course are the materials used. Solid selector rod with stainless steel pins replace welded tubular rods, A Teflon lined spherical pivot rated at several thousands of pounds that is solidly bolted to the carrier and isolated from gearbox noise using rubber o rings and the teflon liner itself. More noise isolation is used between the inner and outer lever. this is a very civilized shifter.


The throw can be set to your liking or needs. The typical reductions we build cover a very wide range of reductions from about 7% to 35%. 

So can the shift lever height. Usually we will  within 1/2 inch or 13mm on either side of the OEM height.