Quite a lot of test fitting and searching for parts. I guess I'm fortunate enough to have 2 factory 5 speed manual transmissions on my 300te.
A lot of the shift slop and travel goes into the rubber bushings on the ends of the shift rods. Try a derin bushing kit like this.I don't like how the clutch feels. Not that there is anything I can do about it, I just don't really like how it feels. Heavier than I thought it would be. Shifter is tight and has ok feel, but man it's like rowing a boat. I may look at shortening the levers to make it a short shifter. And the last issue I have with the swap is the rear end. I never checked the ratio till today. 2.67. Effin hell that's tall. This thing needs a 3.42 or at least a 3.27 cause it's got reeeal long legs right now haha. It's not as snappy as I want it to be, and not nearly as snappy as the auto was.
1990 300CE (early M104?) might be your best option.I'm a little shorter than the stock knob definitely. And I did a derlin bushing kit. It's just the way it is, the levers need to be shortened.
A 3.27 would prolly feel pretty good actually, and I wouldn't want anything shorter taller than that really. Remember this thing would spin 3400 at 80mph with the stock trans. Just adding the lock up convertor dropped that around 400 rpm then an overdrive bring it under 3k. I don't care if I'm closer to 3k at 80. The volvos I had I never had anything but a 3.73 in em. The manual cars would sometimes have a 3.31. But I have a 210mm diff. Can I use a diff from a w210? If I get an older diff from a w124 is the driveshaft coupler smaller? I don't wanna mod that driveshaft again. I need something bolt in, and cheep.
Also driving it, the overload switch from the auto is an issue. It messes with timing not being plugged in or being bypassed so I have to figure out a solution. You can feel the ECU doing wierd things now that it's a direct with a manual. No torque converter to absorb some of the little things. The coding has to be figured out