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5-speed conversion question. . . do I need a rear brace


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if you use the 320 style shift platform, you can attach it to the tunnel instead of the tranny. In that case, you might want to grab the 320 mounting system off the donor car.

I've used the tranny brace witht eh early shifter on both the cars I've converted, and I've been happy...

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....depending on what you are using. I used the 320i platform but did not want to attach the platform to the tunnel. I opted to do a brace ala 2002. Problem was, it competes for space with the 320i tranny support. I ended up doing a different support as I did not want to go without the platform support. Check it out.

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...know that the 2002 platforms from early cars are not compatable with the shifter from later 02s or 320is. The fork style shifter hits the platform underneath and won't allow gear changes to second gear. At least on my car that's how it played out. I ended up ditching my shortened early platform for a E-21 platform.

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