Rebuild Shifter Assembly

In my quest to rid the car of its dreaded driveline shudder, I zeroed in on the center support bearing (CSB). I didn’t want to deal with pulling off and pressing the bearing on, so I ended up ordering a complete remanufactured driveshaft. In anticipation of having to drop the exhaust and the driveshaft, and timing the project with the holidays when I’d have more time, I ordered a bunch of parts for several projects while it was all apart.

I always felt the shifter was pretty sloppy on the M5 since I received it. There is a long inventory of joints, bolts, bushings, washers, o-rings, circlips, etc. required to rebuild the assembly. I procured almost all genuine BMW parts for the project, to the tune of $254.40.

It wasn’t too difficult to drop the exhaust, especially with the help of my second jack. Removing the center support bearing (CSB) and the guibo from the transmission output wasn’t too bad either, though these were the highest torque bolts I had yet to encounter on the M5. The bolts on the driveshaft flange provided a little more clearance, but on the transmission output flange, there was a lot less room.

All of the excessive play and vagueness is gone and it shifts like a champ. It was a tedious, but gratifying project.

Parts and Service

Project Total: $254.40
Parts / DescriptionQtyPriceTotalShipping / LaborTax / DiscountLine TotalDate OrderedApprox. MileageSourceDocs
BMW Selector Rod Joint - Genuine BMW 251175013091$64.99$64.99$9.99$74.9812/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Shift Rod Bolt - Genuine BMW 251112218491$7.99$7.99$7.9912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Delrin Manual Trans Shift Bushing - UUC DBR2$25.00$50.00$50.0012/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Shift Lever Boot - Genuine BMW 251112209121$23.99$23.99$23.9912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Shifter Bearing (Top Ring) - Genuine BMW 251112206001$16.99$16.99$16.9912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Manual Trans Shift Arm Bushing - Genuine BMW 251112207071$49.99$49.99$49.9912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Selector Rod Washer - Genuine BMW 251112204394$1.29$5.16$5.1612/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Shift Rod Circlip - Genuine BMW 251175718991$2.89$2.89$2.8912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Shift Rod O-Ring - OEM Supplier 251112212432$0.79$1.58$1.5812/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Spacer (16X102X065) (2002 318i 320i 325i) - Genuine BMW 251112201992$4.29$8.58$8.5812/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Circlip - Genuine BMW 071199328631$0.98$0.98$0.9812/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Dowel Pin - Genuine BMW 234114661341$4.59$4.59$4.5912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Selector Rod Joint Tension Bushing - Genuine BMW 251112036821$2.39$2.39$2.3912/6/15FCP Euro
BMW Manual Trans Selector Rod Joint Bushing - Genuine BMW 251114341941$4.29$4.29$4.2912/6/15FCP Euro