- If you think that the small plastic paddles for your SMG/DCT just don't cut it for the Ultimate Driving Machine, upgrade to Aluminum Shifter Paddles from Mechunik.
Features and Benefits Of This Product
- Mechunik Shifter Paddles are direct replacements for the OEM paddles, install in minutes and offer a larger shifting surface in a variety of finishes.
- Not only does this enhance the appearance of your ride, but functionality improves tremendously as well.
- These beautiful paddles are made with 6061 grade aircraft aluminum and machined with CNC.
- Once you put these shift paddles on, you will wonder why it took you so long to buy them in the first place.
This Product Fits
- Aluminum SMG/DCT Steering Wheel Shifter Paddles for BMW E46 3 Series
- Installation Difficulty: BASIC (Simple Tools, No Special Knowledge Required)
- For E46 M3: BMW has used two different screws to hold the SMG paddles to the steering wheel.
- Our replacement paddles are compatible with both types, however, we have sized the hole in the paddle to be the proper size for the smaller of the two screws, which is the most common.
- As part of the installation, you may be required to use a drill to enlarge these holes should your M3 have the larger sized screws.
- This is very easy, and can be done in just seconds.
Notes / Warnings
- Please check your local laws to ensure legality when using this product on public roads and highways. In areas where this product is not legal for road use it is sold strictly for off-road, track or show use only.
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Oem fit custom look
Nice size upgrade from stock but the devil is in the details. These paddles are nice, but do leave an awful lot to be desired. PROs: Finish, Size. CONs: Fitment (Holes, Levers) , Sharp corners. PROs: These paddles have a nice finish to the aluminum, and are not the crappy vapor-metal-over-plastic junk your OEM door handles are made out of. They're not 'weighty' like a good shifter but it doesn't matter at all, the paddles are spring loaded so weight is really irrelevant. Though aluminum isn't a 'tough' metal at all the finish doesn't seem like it would scratch easily. They're also a nice size - I appreciate how much higher and lower along the wheel they are--though I can't say an extra 5-10mm on top/bottom would disappoint me (make them bigger!). CONs: The nitty-gritty is where these paddles fail to impress. The holes in them where the screws(acts like a hinge) goes are slightly larger than the holes in the OEM plastic paddles, so there is some side-to-side play in these paddles. Not much, but it is there--and for something as tactile as shifter paddles, this is just plain inattention to detail. The paddles also have MILES of play in them; so much so that I ended up disassembling the steering wheel and adjusting (read: bending) them considerably. Before 'adjustment' I was constantly missing shifts I thought I had made. This may seem picky but before adjustment they were much worse to use than the small plastic OEM paddles. I used a crescent wrench to bend the levers into a curved shape and considerably more inboard than before (3/16"). I disassembled the wheel (removed airbag, trim) to make sure the SMG switches were not depressed until the paddle was pulled - took some trial and error but definitely worth it, makes these paddles MUCH more useable. These paddles also have some seriously sharp edges to them. Not something I'd expect from something thats meant to be controlled with the hands/fingers. I'm considering grinding down all these edges and then painting/powdercoating them. I know that would completely ruin the finish they currently have but the edges really are quite sharp. Maybe I'll take them into a shop and get them wrapped in leather... just a thought. The lower edge was sharp enough to get (unknowingly) caught on my keychain just before a right-hander. I took that right turn and bent the $%*& out of the paddle. I was able however to remove, straighten, and refit.