Originally Posted by jahwerx
Oh yeah, I found this as well... If you want to use a custom shift knob and don't care for the alcantara boot (i don't particularly) you can peice out the parts cheaper on your own... Now be careful, the shift lever in this picture is the OEM long one I think, so just be sure to ask your friendly neighborhood BMW parts manager...
Finally, nice write up...hahaha is that my picture of all the shift mechanism with color coded parts in the other thread?
I did this as well and could have used your DIY back then when trying to remove the shift lever and pivot bearing. Also, on my 05 330i, I do not have the foam pad, I only have the carpet and I did not see the need to remove the carpet.