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      09-03-2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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M-Performance Shift Knob Swap

It's not merely cosmetic and not really B58-related so posting here.

I've had limited time with it, but so far I'm really enjoying it. Aesthetically, it looks much better than the standard M-Sport package, but the shortness and added weight really seem to make me feel more engaged with the driving experience.


Install was easier than I even expected. The shift knob comes off with a forceful pull and the e-brake handle is the same. Previous models required you break a glue bond and then re-apply new glue on the replacement. The F30 does not.


Quick and easy upgrade. Looks good. Feels good. Would do again.


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Side-by-side...definitely shorter



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Looks great. I like the suede e-brake boot.

Also looks like you stole my interior.
      09-03-2017, 04:16 PM   #3
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I've been debating the M-Perf manual transmission gearshift swap myself. It looks fantastic, and I like the idea of shorter throws, but I've been concerned that it looks less comfortable to operate (with the squared edge). OP, thoughts about the comfort aspect compared to the original gear shift?
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I've been debating the M-Perf manual transmission gearshift swap myself. It looks fantastic, and I like the idea of shorter throws, but I've been concerned that it looks less comfortable to operate (with the squared edge). OP, thoughts about the comfort aspect compared to the original gear shift?

I'll know with more time and use, but I can see your point. The original is likely more comfortable, but I guess I wasn't really going for comfort. Also, I wouldn't necessarily say the new one is "uncomfortable".
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I really wanted to like the M-Performance shift knob. In my experience, I went back to my factory leather M-Sport shift knob after a few months with the M Performance knob - which I felt was too small for my hands, and was slippery with the carbon fiber/alcantara.

It just wasn't as comfortable in the end, and after switching back, I felt the M-Sport knob was better weighted.
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...was slippery with the carbon fiber/alcantara.
In addition, the contact points on BMW alcantara will deteriorate in about 30,000 miles--at least it did on E46 ZHPs. The alcantara steering wheels of the three different ZHPs I looked at were all completely shot.
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...was slippery with the carbon fiber/alcantara.
In addition, the contact points on BMW alcantara will deteriorate in about 30,000 miles--at least it did on E46 ZHPs. The alcantara steering wheels of the three different ZHPs I looked at were all completely shot.
The post is about the shift knob, not the steering wheel.
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The post is about the shift knob, not the steering wheel.
True, but the point is that the Alcantara wears poorly. Thankfully, a shift knob is more affordable than a steering wheel.
My '06 ZHP has the perforated leather wheel.
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The post is about the shift knob, not the steering wheel.
Right. The shifter that has a thin strip of alcantara right were your hand will rest a majority of the time.

If you wear gloves when you drive, your shifter's alcantara lining will last a long time. I simply doubt the alcantara's durability.
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The Performance shift knob does look nice, but even the demo at a BMW dealership I went to had crushed and matted Alcantara. My car has the M Performance steering wheel and the Alcantara is already worn on the high traffic areas. The dry carbon fiber looks simply amazing though and the Alcantara feels awesome when new.
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In addition, the contact points on BMW alcantara will deteriorate in about 30,000 miles--at least it did on E46 ZHPs. The alcantara steering wheels of the three different ZHPs I looked at were all completely shot.
Kinda glad you posted this. I'm obviously keeping my original leather M-Sport knobs/boots should I ever need to go back, but I've gotta say, when I pulled up on the new e-brake, the alcantra felt great! Great to the point I was considering swapping steering wheels, but the thought of wear did cross my mind. Especially with something as expensive as the wheel. If the shift knob and e-brake don't stand the test of time, I'm out less than $400.

At the end of the day, I went from a 2013 M-sport 335 to a 2016 340....same shift knob and almost the same everything else. Swapping shift knobs was an easy way to breath a bit new life/excitement into the experience.
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I really wish BMW made a wood shift knob. Old school.
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I've had the m perf shift knob for a while and it's held up great. Comfortable and looks awesome too.

I'd say it's a nice improvement from the M Sport shift knob and a night and day improvement over the non M Sport shifter. It is a bit shorter as well, so there's a little less travel.
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Looks great!
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i prefer the shorter M-perf knob. shorter, more clunky, satisfactory sporty shifts.
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Thought this might be useful.
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Sorry to bump this, but looking at picking up an F30 340i M Sport. Is the stock knob (on the left) the same as the ZHP knob? It looks the same but donít know if itís weighted the same or not. Thanks!
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Anybody know? If itís not weighted, then Iím keeping the ZHP knob from my current E90 if I end up buying an F30 this week. TIA!
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It's the same, but I'd keep your old one. Or send it over to me. I bought my 340i M Sport used last Sept, and the shifter emblem is scratched from the previous owner (rings?) and it drives me nuts.
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It's the same, but I'd keep your old one. Or send it over to me. I bought my 340i M Sport used last Sept, and the shifter emblem is scratched from the previous owner (rings?) and it drives me nuts.
Thank you. Yeah, Iím gonna keep it anyway if I sell I E90 and put the stock shifter back.
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