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DIY M shifter and M brake handle
Published by FrankoQ
06-19-2006
DIY M shifter and M brake handle

I found information about this here and there but not all together.
A very easy mod but here are some pics of the process.

The M-shifter comes with the boot.
The factory shifter can be removed by itself and the boot has
4 snap points that attach the boot to the center console.

Part numbers and price I got from Tischer BMW in MD
(with BMW CCA discount)
M-Shifter 25-11-8-036-628 $100.00
M-brake handle 34 40 8 036 495 $24.00

Here is the M-shifter.
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This is the Brake handle. No screws. It just snaps on.
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This is the before pic.
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First, pull the boot on each corner to remove it from the center console.
Then, just pull the shifter.
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The brake handle boot is hold to the brake handle by a cable tie.
lift the brake handle boot from both ends and it will come off easily.
Next, cut the original cable tie.
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Next, with the parking brake on, pull the handle.
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You end up with this...
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To install the shifter, just push it into place.
To install the boot for the shifter, just push down on each corner and it snaps into place.

Next, insert the brake handle and push it in. it kind of snaps into place.
Pull the brake handle boot inside out and install a new cable tie.
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You are done.
the after pictures...
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  #1  
By setihound on 06-21-2006, 07:48 AM
hi,

i´m also interested in changing the shifter to the M-model.
Can you tell me if it is really shorter or does it just look like shorter?

setihound
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By KL2DC on 06-21-2006, 08:27 AM
Can the admins move this to the DIY section...

Frank, please post part numbers for others' convenience.
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by setihound
hi,

im also interested in changing the shifter to the M-model.
Can you tell me if it is really shorter or does it just look like shorter?

setihound
It feels a lot different than the stock shifter.
It is a little shorter.
the shifter feels perfect in your hand.
I'd say it feels ergonomically correct!
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by KL2DC
Can the admins move this to the DIY section...

Frank, please post part numbers for others' convenience.
Yes sir. I just updated the original message with part number and price.
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By KL2DC on 06-21-2006, 09:07 AM
for a well written DIY. This needs to be in the DIY section for posterity

So bav's got a DIY and now you have a DIY, pressure's on
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by KL2DC
for a well written DIY. This needs to be in the DIY section for posterity

So bav's got a DIY and now you have a DIY, pressure's on
This was way too easy compared to the one he did.
Next will be the LUX rings DIY. But that will be a group effort.
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By ksfrogman on 06-21-2006, 11:19 AM
Don't forget that with the eBrake handle boot, you need to invert it, then use a non-resuable plastic tie strap on the inside (wraps around metal handle).
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by ksfrogman
Don't forget that with the eBrake handle boot, you need to invert it, then use a non-resuable plastic tie strap on the inside (wraps around metal handle).
Does that mean you need to remove the eBrake handle boot?
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By Sedan_Clan on 06-21-2006, 11:46 AM
Subscribed! I'm doing this mod along w/ the blacklines.

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Don't forget that with the eBrake handle boot, you need to invert it, then use a non-resuable plastic tie strap on the inside (wraps around metal handle).

How is the e-brake boot removed?
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By KL2DC on 06-21-2006, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Sedan_Clan
Subscribed! I'm doing this mod along w/ the blacklines.
Another blacklines convert. Morristown/Hunterdon sure is feeding the e90post blacklines epidemic

I'm sold on the brake handle mod as well...
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 01:40 PM
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Ok I just updated the instructions to include the steps to remove
the brake handle boot.
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By Jason on 06-21-2006, 01:59 PM
Looks great. Thanks for the write-up.

Added to master DIY list - http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1721
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By Sedan_Clan on 06-21-2006, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by KL2DC
Another blacklines convert. Morristown/Hunterdon sure is feeding the e90post blacklines epidemic

I'm sold on the brake handle mod as well...

Werd! I'm sooooooo sold on the E90. I never thought I'd be this excited to get rid of my current M3 (..which I love with all of my heart), but a change in expenditures is needed, and I'm becoming more in love w/ the idea of a modded E90 330i the more that I research this forum.

Soon to come:

Mystic E90
Nav
Sport PKG
6-speed
Rear/side sunshades


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Ok I just updated the instructions to include the steps to remove
the brake handle boot.
You dudes rock hard!
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By bavarian19 on 06-21-2006, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by KL2DC
for a well written DIY. This needs to be in the DIY section for posterity

So bav's got a DIY and now you have a DIY, pressure's on

Ahem... I have two
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By bavarian19 on 06-21-2006, 04:15 PM
Great DIY!!! now we need you to do the wheel!!!


(turn away from this forum now... the modding doesnt end )
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By FrankoQ on 06-21-2006, 07:35 PM
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Great DIY!!! now we need you to do the wheel!!!


(turn away from this forum now... the modding doesnt end )
Already thinking about the wheel mod.
I'm scared... the mod fever does not seem to get any better.
I need help.
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By Sedan_Clan on 06-22-2006, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by FrankoQ
Already thinking about the wheel mod.
I'm scared... the mod fever does not seem to get any better.
I need help.
Which steering wheel will fit on the E90? I absolutely love the wheel in the new Z4 ///M coupe/vert.

Also, in which BMW does the ///M shifter/e-brake handle appear in? It doesn't look like any of the ///M stuff in the current cars.
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By KL2DC on 06-22-2006, 10:07 AM
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Ahem... I have two

I am thinking of doing a DIY on writing up DIYs I don't think that has been covered yet Either that or the tire valve caps mod DIY, that's something within my capabilities
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By XI JR IX on 06-28-2006, 09:33 AM
How do you take off the black ebrake button?

I have a chrome one that I want to replace it with but I can't figure out how it comes off...
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By FrankoQ on 06-28-2006, 03:10 PM
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How do you take off the black ebrake button?

I have a chrome one that I want to replace it with but I can't figure out how it comes off...
the brake button is part of the brake handle assembly.
the M handle just fits into the brake. see the pics above.
You don't mess with the button.

Now, how come you have a chrome one?
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By XI JR IX on 06-29-2006, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by FrankoQ
the brake button is part of the brake handle assembly.
the M handle just fits into the brake. see the pics above.
You don't mess with the button.

Now, how come you have a chrome one?
I bought and installed ACS E-Brake and it came with a chrome button.. So I wanted to replace the black one with the chrome one..
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