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      11-01-2014, 05:17 PM   #1
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M Perf shift knob - Yes no?

I have an MT M-Sport and I'm considering the lower-profile M Sport shift knob. Should I?
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      11-01-2014, 05:59 PM   #2
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yes yes and yes, i love mine
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      11-01-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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Great mod.
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      11-01-2014, 07:16 PM   #4
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Yeah I just ordered one. I just installed the CF handbrake, so I may as well complete the set.
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      11-01-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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I have an MT M-Sport and I'm considering the lower-profile M Sport shift knob. Should I?

yes, i have it, huge improvement. makes the old one feel like it's 6 feet tall.
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      11-01-2014, 10:43 PM   #6
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yes, i have it, huge improvement. makes the old one feel like it's 6 feet tall.
Is it really that good (and shorter)? Is it weighted?
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      11-01-2014, 11:09 PM   #7
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Is it really that good (and shorter)? Is it weighted?
It weights more and it is shorter than the oem. However, the knob is smaller.
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Do it! I had the shifter before I even had the car. Brought it w/ me to the Performance Center and was the 1st thing I installed. Ordered the CF handbrake shortly after I got home. The factory shifter I noticed I gripped w/ my hand over the top of it. The CF shifter I grip from the side, like when holding a sign.
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Is it really that good (and shorter)? Is it weighted?

It's shorter, you really feel the difference. Your hand falls on it, with the OEM I felt like my hand was above my elbow, not a natural shifter position.

I don't think it's weighted but it feels solid, the grip is excellent. Great mod, simple and cheap.
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      11-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #10
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How does one install this? Or rather how do you remove the OEM one? Do you have to pry off the gear diagram on top? How about the boot?
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How does one install this? Or rather how do you remove the OEM one? Do you have to pry off the gear diagram on top? How about the boot?
It's pretty simple.
1) Push on the sides of the boot to unclip it (The boot part should be loose now)
2) Put it on 4th gear and pull really hard (away from your face lol)
3) The whole gear knob + boot should come off
4) Put the new knob and clip the boot

5-10 mins
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      11-07-2014, 03:52 PM   #12
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LOL, I just watched a youtube video on it...yep just yank it up without punching yourself in the face. I'll be asking for one of these for Christmas. I wish it was weighted.
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The one from the E46 ZHP is great.
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      11-07-2014, 04:10 PM   #14
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LOL, I just watched a youtube video on it...yep just yank it up without punching yourself in the face. I'll be asking for one of these for Christmas. I wish it was weighted.
Can you post a link?
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LOL, I just watched a youtube video on it...yep just yank it up without punching yourself in the face. I'll be asking for one of these for Christmas. I wish it was weighted.
Can you post a link?
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Oh and as you can see that's an older model BMW. I think F30's knob is attached to the boot so I think you need to unclip the boot first, then yank as bou707 described.
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Might find the interesting. http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=363268
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      11-18-2014, 03:39 PM   #19
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Wanted to thank all of you for your post and info. After reading, I went ahead and did the M Perf shift knob and brake handle. Looks awesome and it certainly makes a noticeable difference in feel for shifting.

Let me pretext this by saying I am NOT a handy guy, I do NOT know my way around a vehicle very well! That being said, I installed the knob in about 45 seconds TOTAL! Very easy and everything unclipped and clipped in extremely smoothly. The parking brake however...Still very easy to pull off and relatively easy to clip back in. I couldn't line up the clips where it seemed flush and my OCD wasn't happy so I kept trying to realign. In the end, it was just some trim on the bottom that wasn't going into the housing along the bottom edge and was preventing a flush setting. It took about 15 minutes to get it right. Fortunately I had a trim pry from when I used to do pretend to do car audio in high school!

Also, purchased both on eBay from BMW dealers. Paid $320 total. MSRP is $250 for the knob and $200 for the brake handle, not including sales tax you'd have to pay. Just make sure you cross reference the part number because I think there's a set for the 2 series that has a different number.
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Goes great with the M-Performance wheel in my car
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Very nice!
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Now I'm just waiting on BMW to release a gloss carbon shift-knob for the MT F8x to match their new hand-brake to swap them out again...
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