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  DIY - M5 SMG Shift Knob Wiring Retrofit Kit
a l l a n
02-18-2009
DIY - M5 SMG Shift Knob Wiring Retrofit Kit
by a l l an
based on ironic's initial design

DISCLAIMER
It's your car, not mine....
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By phattbam on 03-07-2009, 11:33 PM
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here's mine~~~~~


very clean setup.
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By allstar8 on 03-15-2009, 07:01 PM
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Looks interesting...hmm...I think I'll get my buddy(electrical engineer) to make me the wiring kit, just too lazy to make my own. For those interested, pm me. maybe we can do a gb... lol
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By phattbam on 03-15-2009, 07:14 PM
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Looks interesting...hmm...I think I'll get my buddy(electrical engineer) to make me the wiring kit, just too lazy to make my own. For those interested, pm me. maybe we can do a gb... lol
I'm not good with wiring either but I bought all the wires required to make the kit. I'm going to take one weekend off to start it.. it's been a project long overdue for me
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By Reggie@MWDesign on 03-17-2009, 04:01 AM
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still waiting for my parts to get here, but i put my knob in, but its really loose and easy to twist and pull out. what did you guys do to make the knob sit tightly?
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By a l l a n on 03-17-2009, 10:11 PM
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still waiting for my parts to get here, but i put my knob in, but its really loose and easy to twist and pull out. what did you guys do to make the knob sit tightly?
Really your order took that long? Were the parts back-ordered?

I've gotten used to it and it's never an issue for me even when shifting a lot. Of course it would be great if it can be made to lock into place so it doesn't twist.
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By phattbam on 03-17-2009, 11:21 PM
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hey guys for it not to twist around. use teflon tape, that white stuff that you use before you tighten screws

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By Turkishexpress on 03-17-2009, 11:44 PM
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Just finished the harness which is the hardest part I figure but only took me half an hour after I unpacked everything and studied the diagram for a while. I will be doing the actual install this weekend. It should be relatively simple however fitting all this wiring under the counsel will be a major bizatch considering I also have the RixEffects gauge power wire running through there.

Thanks again! This is a great DIY.
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By a l l a n on 03-18-2009, 11:53 AM
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Just finished the harness which is the hardest part I figure but only took me half an hour after I unpacked everything and studied the diagram for a while. I will be doing the actual install this weekend. It should be relatively simple however fitting all this wiring under the counsel will be a major bizatch considering I also have the RixEffects gauge power wire running through there.

Thanks again! This is a great DIY.
Congrats!
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By Reggie@MWDesign on 03-19-2009, 01:04 AM
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still freaking waiting for my parts from tischer..... shipped out on the 9th...
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By Starscream on 03-20-2009, 12:13 PM
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Does the M5 knob have the selector button on the back of it? The only photo's I have seen have been the front so Im wondering if you fit it to a steptronic trans what you would push for it to release from park?
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By phattbam on 03-20-2009, 12:45 PM
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Does the M5 knob have the selector button on the back of it? The only photo's I have seen have been the front so Im wondering if you fit it to a steptronic trans what you would push for it to release from park?
no button.

BIG FYI..... you can indeed throw the car back into P while it's in motion.. don't ask me how I just know.
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By a l l a n on 03-20-2009, 02:58 PM
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no button.

BIG FYI..... you can indeed throw the car back into P while it's in motion.. don't ask me how I just know.
What phattbam said.

You just need to press the brake pedal to shift gears (P, R, N, D).
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  #56  
By Prowess Symphony on 04-06-2009, 12:27 AM
How come nobody makes and sells the wiring? Id gladly pay an extra few bucks to not have to try and make it myself.
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By hollandjean on 04-06-2009, 12:57 AM
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it's simple, however it takes time to make this wiring.... maybe it's not worth for some to charge few extra bucks for it... ma 5 cents..
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By absix on 04-06-2009, 01:10 AM
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How come nobody makes and sells the wiring? Id gladly pay an extra few bucks to not have to try and make it myself.
+1!!!!!
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By Reggie@MWDesign on 04-06-2009, 03:04 AM
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well my install went to shit!!!
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By a l l a n on 04-06-2009, 10:25 PM
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How come nobody makes and sells the wiring? Id gladly pay an extra few bucks to not have to try and make it myself.
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it's simple, however it takes time to make this wiring.... maybe it's not worth for some to charge few extra bucks for it... ma 5 cents..
Like hollandjean said, making a few extra bucks from this is not worth the effort. But why complain? I wrote the DIY so you can make it yourself.

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well my install went to shit!!!
What went wrong?
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By Reggie@MWDesign on 04-07-2009, 03:25 AM
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well first of all i was missing ONE wire, TWO the green wires as a black cover on them that were IMPOSSIBLE to get off, if its there it wont plug into the power source, we cut all the black plastic off the power was working so not sure if it is JUST because of that one wire missing, but i go a fellow member who is willing to make the harness for me.
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By chrisE92 on 04-07-2009, 03:39 AM
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wait a minute.. so you're telling me there's no soldering required? do the wires come with the connectors already on them?
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By absix on 04-07-2009, 04:17 AM
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wait a minute.. so you're telling me there's no soldering required? do the wires come with the connectors already on them?
You might wanna check the first post in this thread again
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By chrisE92 on 04-07-2009, 04:28 AM
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You might wanna check the first post in this thread again
I've been studying this DIY for the past 30 minutes! haha. Seems simple enough.



a l l a n -- So the wires do come with pins on them? How did you connect the wires? I don't have access to a soldering iron. thanks in advance and good job with the DIY!
Last edited by chrisE92; 04-07-2009 at 05:05 AM.
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By a l l a n on 04-07-2009, 07:18 PM
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I've been studying this DIY for the past 30 minutes! haha. Seems simple enough.

a l l a n -- So the wires do come with pins on them? How did you connect the wires? I don't have access to a soldering iron. thanks in advance and good job with the DIY!
Yep, the wiring is quite simple.

The bushing/pin contacts I have on this DIY already come with the wires. All you need to do is insert the contacts into the appropriate housing and join/connect the wires per the harness connection instructions. No soldering required. These are small wires so twisting them to join them together is more than enough.

This requires a very basic wiring process so you don't need to know much about wiring to do this DIY.
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