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      08-24-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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removing the shift knob

anyone here know how to remove the shift knob?? the service guy say it should pop right out. is this true???
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      08-24-2005, 10:58 AM   #2
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Yup - just grab a good hold of it, and pull upwards. (It's a manual right?)

Just be careful not to hit yourself on the head with it when it comes off at high speed!

I've seen a post on here somewhere with a link to a site with instructions, and a method which should prevent head bashing...
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      08-26-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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does any1 have pictures of them removing the knob??
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      08-27-2005, 03:18 AM   #4
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just pull it, don't be a girl about it

it'll come off straight up, don't let it hit you in the mouth
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      03-08-2006, 09:09 PM   #5
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The M e90 shift knob is extremely easy to install. just did it myself yesterday.

The stock 6 sp manual knob comes in 2 parts, knob and boot.
The m knob includes the boot in one assembly

Installation takes less than 5 min.

below is a step by step approach to DIY. there are 6 steps.
1st - put the manual gear knob in 2nd gear

2nd- yank the knob out in one quick move/motion- need a firm grip. ***there is no need to rotate the knob or unscrew the original knob.**

3rd- once the stock knob is out, peel off the leather boot from the console. there are some catches at the base holding the boot- should come out easily.

4th take the m knob and turn the leather boot inside out to expose the inside / hollow canal of the knob.

5th push the knob ( align the knob in standard H gate position) firmly on metal rod stick. should snap into place).

6th - turn the leather boot back into inside in posiiton and snap on the base of the catches onto the console!

you have done it!! congrats, i am sure you will have many hours of shifting fun with this ergonomically designed short shifter!!

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Out of curiosity, how much did you spend for the M short shift knob?
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hi! spent 220 singapore dollars. works out to be about 100 US dollars, i think. reasonable price since it includes gear knob and leather boot. a good aftermarket Momo gear knob with leather boot will probably cost more! original m knob feels great, u should try it!
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This sounds really good, but does anyone know if you could fit one of those older e46 illuminated shifters, or any M-shift knob that is illuminated?
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How about for the automatic?
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This sounds really good, but does anyone know if you could fit one of those older e46 illuminated shifters, or any M-shift knob that is illuminated?
Shouldn't be too difficult --the older knobs fit. As for illumination, just tap the cigarette lighter power under the center console. It will only illuminate when the engine is on... which is not a bad thing.
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How about for the automatic?
Same... just pull straight up.
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DIY on this topic!!!!!
and the msport knob is 100ish bucks at crown auto
4629 posts and you've never looked at the diy section?
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Same... just pull straight up.
thank you!
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