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      03-02-2010, 10:20 AM   #1
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Manual BMW Perf Shift Knob on Automatic? Or NOt

I love the BMW Perf, and i love the manual transmission looking shift knob. sadly, my car is automatic.... i've been trying to look for cool E90 3 series auto knobs but nothing comes even close to bmw perf ones imo (unless you guys got some other ideas/brands please let me know!!!!!!)

the interesting thing is i found on the net here : http://www.101modifiedcars.com/modif...-gear-knob.jpg

how is this car using that knob in an automatic? without that lever thing you won't even be able to go pass "Park".

....verrryyy interested to know how manual transmissoin knobs will work in automatic (without that lever)...

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Likewise here:http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...x/DSC_0278.jpg

!!! Can someone please let me know how it works?? That is looking so nice!! Is that not BMW Perf???
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hm, i WAS about to come in and bash this thread, but now im interested!!!
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man i wish someone wld light us up here! I can't believe it works. I think if it just fits, i can still believe. But it won't be able to go through "Park" cuz as I believe there is that lever lock, correct?
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it works. lever lock is disabled when you pull the old knob out. Press the brake pedal and the lever will move. I got a e46 m3 SMG knob on mine.
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i know its been done, i sold my performance knob to a member who was planning to do the same thing... hopefully members will begin to chime in for you
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Looks pretty cool.. go for it
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not specifically what you're asking for, but here's a thread on using momo shift knobs on our automatic cars (so yes, it can be done): http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269370

here's my setup. i like that it's not so tall any longer and i like the feel and look of the round knob. excuse the iphone pics.



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^^^ That's pretty cool for an auto setup.
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The manual shift base looks much better then the auto and it snaps right in. Almost any knob will fit on there as well.
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here are some pics of mine. bmw performance manual shift knob on an AT.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...34&postcount=2

it will fit. when you remove your the auto shifter, the lever lock is disabled. you will still be able to shift out of P as long as you have your foot on the brake, like before. for the performance knob to fit you need to line the inside with velcro or something to make the opening smaller and allow it to fit snugly on the AT.

read through my thread for more (specifically, post 58)

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=225280
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Thanks guys.! So it works perfectly fine? Doesn't cause any warning lights or functionality issues (steptronic)?

Is there a DIY out there on this?

Chris thanks for info. Do uhave a pic of how it looks inside or how the Velcro is stuck on? What happens if the Velcro are not used? Is it really lose?
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BTW is it really dangerous/easy to move into other gears without the lever locK?
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Anyone got DIY? I just needa know wut or how to make the manual fit perfectly without being wobbly
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I wish UUC would make a version of their RK Shadow for us with AT. Sickest of them all IMO.
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Thanks guys.! So it works perfectly fine? Doesn't cause any warning lights or functionality issues (steptronic)?

Is there a DIY out there on this?

Chris thanks for info. Do uhave a pic of how it looks inside or how the Velcro is stuck on? What happens if the Velcro are not used? Is it really lose?
replacing the stock shift knob with the performance one will not cause any errors. DIY is easy.. leave the car in P, turn the car off, and pull the knob up. simply slide the performance knob on and you're set. I don't have a picture of the inside... basically you want to stick a strip of velcro vertically. if the velcro is not used, the knob is very loose.

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BTW is it really dangerous/easy to move into other gears without the lever locK?
not dangerous at all, as you still need to depress the brake to get out of P. however, you have to be careful not to go from D to R while you're driving.
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replacing the stock shift knob with the performance one will not cause any errors. DIY is easy.. leave the car in P, turn the car off, and pull the knob up. simply slide the performance knob on and you're set. I don't have a picture of the inside... basically you want to stick a strip of velcro vertically. if the velcro is not used, the knob is very loose.



not dangerous at all, as you still need to depress the brake to get out of P. however, you have to be careful not to go from D to R while you're driving.
was waiting for ur help! thanks! OK but i thought even with the lever lock u can go from D to R (well atleast i know i can go for R to D without pressing the lock
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was waiting for ur help! thanks! OK but i thought even with the lever lock u can go from D to R (well atleast i know i can go for R to D without pressing the lock
ah okay, then there shouldn't be any difference with installing the performance knob. sounds like you're good to go!
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Sorry, but I think that's worse than putting M badges all over your car. Nothing like advertising that you wish you had a MT or even worse, you don't know how to drive an MT and you're just pretending. I know, I know - it's just my opinion. If you like it, that's all that matters...
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TBH i really dun care whether it has manual pattern or not in fact i prefer it not . i just like the shape of the knob, nothing abt trying to look manual.
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I say do whatever makes you happy. The manual knob does look better, imo.

I think the brake provides a lock, so you can't go from D to R... you can go from D to N without the button, but as I recall you need the button (or the brake) to get from N to R... someone care to correct me if I'm wrong?
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