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DIY Replacing a manual shift knob on an AT.
Published by Route 16
04-23-2013
DIY Replacing a manual shift knob on an AT.

On your original AT shift knob, put the car in neutral and pull the knob up as hard as you can, no damage to the car.

Place manual shift knob on top. No need for the trigger, just put your foot on the brake and good to go.
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By mAdTYzz on 04-23-2013, 12:53 PM
why would you/anybody do this :-?? just wondering and it looks horrible IMO
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By v1nc86 on 04-25-2013, 11:32 AM
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By elig0nzal3z on 04-26-2013, 03:18 PM
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why would you/anybody do this :-?? just wondering and it looks horrible IMO
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By Evochuck on 04-26-2013, 06:17 PM
no go
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By blingman on 04-28-2013, 02:12 AM
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no trigger? so you can move the lever into any gear while you're on the brakes? I dont like that idea since there's no safety trigger.

Imagine driving 40mph and you're coming to a red light or stop, as you hit the brakes and accidently hit the lever and it goes into reverse or park, thats a big NO NO. I like how it stops at neutral now.
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By Route 16 on 04-28-2013, 08:46 AM
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no trigger? so you can move the lever into any gear while you're on the brakes? I dont like that idea since there's no safety trigger.

Imagine driving 40mph and you're coming to a red light or stop, as you hit the brakes and accidently hit the lever and it goes into reverse or park, thats a big NO NO. I like how it stops at neutral now.
Never happens because I know how to control a shift knob.

*Why put a manual knob on a AT because we can and looks cool. Style over Function? yeah yeah it still functions.
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By FormerRotor on 04-28-2013, 10:11 AM
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Never happens because I know how to control a shift knob.

*Why put a manual knob on a AT because we can and looks cool. Style over Function? yeah yeah it still functions.
I'm not usually one to pick on people, but that does not look cool, my friend...although I think you were just kidding around and wanted to elicit angry responses from people

Have you considered replacing the trim surround to the full leather boot from the MT? It may take some creativity, but this would at least make it look right. You could also install a MT shift knob without the gear markings on top if this is really your thing...I think this is why it looks a bit ridiculous to me as you have markings that clearly are not correct for the application right next to your automatic (PRND) markings...like putting a 6MT shift known on a 5MT so that people think you have a 6-speed but easier to tell.
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By Route 16 on 04-28-2013, 10:17 AM
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I'm not usually one to pick on people, but that does not look cool, my friend...although I think you were just kidding around and wanted to elicit angry responses from people

Have you considered replacing the trim surround to the full leather boot from the MT? It may take some creativity, but this would at least make it look right. Or you could install a MT shift knob without the gear markings on top...I think this is why it looks a bit ridiculous to me as you have markings that clearly are not correct for the application right next to your automatic (PRND) markings...like putting a 6MT shift known on a 5MT so that people think you have a 6-speed but easier to tell.
Yeah just got tired of people thinking . I have considered replacing the trim but later. It's just a better feel for me to drive with that knob than the big stock knob. It's not a car show, I'm not the only who has replaced their AT knobs to manual ones. Purpose of this thread to show the guys who want to change their AT knob to manual and is functional.
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By blingman on 04-28-2013, 02:03 PM
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Never happens because I know how to control a shift knob.

*Why put a manual knob on a AT because we can and looks cool. Style over Function? yeah yeah it still functions.


I like the idea of have a smaller and shorter knob as our stock one is tall and is in the way at times, but I'm not willing to take the risk. If only a safety can be built in someone.
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By Fortune335 on 07-06-2013, 09:24 AM
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looks fucking retarded, I don't think ive ever seen anything dumber on this forum, congratulations sir you won.
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By v1nc86 on 07-06-2013, 11:00 AM
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By hailpersia on 07-07-2013, 05:42 AM
Is that a HELLO KITTY sun visor or whatever its called?
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By Pittsburger on 07-07-2013, 06:03 AM
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I feel like a poser enough shifting my steptronic like I have a manual. I wouldn't want to add this and really declare it with certainty.

If it feels better to shift with it, go for it. I'm cheap and wouldn't pay unless maybe it was for paddle shifters. Unless... If someone broke into my car and stole my handle, I would look for a replacement.
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By Route 16 on 07-07-2013, 01:45 PM
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I feel like a poser enough shifting my steptronic like I have a manual. I wouldn't want to add this and really declare it with certainty.

If it feels better to shift with it, go for it. I'm cheap and wouldn't pay unless maybe it was for paddle shifters. Unless... If someone broke into my car and stole my handle, I would look for a replacement.
It does feel much better than the big block stock shift knob. It's the feel and look of it. Unfortunately I have no paddle shifters. But I bought things for my car to my liking, I'll leave it at that, can't please everyone's preference. I would rather buy a jaffster shift knob though.

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Is that a HELLO KITTY sun visor or whatever its called?
Yes, works 2 ways, girls think it's cute, guys think it's a girls car til they're disappointed and see me.
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By roadkillrob on 07-07-2013, 06:18 PM
It is an automatic 328i with a hello kitty sun shade - it is his wife's car I bet!

At least put a manual shift boot/surround on it!
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By BMW.. on 07-08-2013, 01:53 PM
C'mon guys seriously why so much hate to each their own. OP it would look much better with the performance manual boot
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By TeinBMW on 01-03-2014, 04:51 PM
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no trigger? so you can move the lever into any gear while you're on the brakes? I dont like that idea since there's no safety trigger.

Imagine driving 40mph and you're coming to a red light or stop, as you hit the brakes and accidently hit the lever and it goes into reverse or park, thats a big NO NO. I like how it stops at neutral now.
Never happens because I know how to control a shift knob.

*Why put a manual knob on a AT because we can and looks cool. Style over Function? yeah yeah it still functions.
Never say never man. What if someone by mistake in the passenger seats moves it while you hit the breaks. You will f your car up so bad. I did the same thing but I have the performance auto shifter with the performance manual boot and e brake. Looks dope and it's safe
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By madskillzE90 on 04-01-2014, 11:59 PM
lol pretty corny to put a manual shift knob on a automatic. Might as well add a fake clutch pedal...Just saying.
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By Route 16 on 04-02-2014, 12:11 AM
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lol pretty corny to put a manual shift knob on a automatic. Might as well add a fake clutch pedal...Just saying.
I bought a manual shift boot, I'm missing the fake clutch!
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