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Old 12-25-2008, 05:45 PM
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New Shift Knob

Got my new shift knob from LeatherZ (very helpful and highly recommended from 3-series forum) Knob is about an inch shorter than stock X3 knob. Weighted (5.4 ounces) and all leather. A little hard to get the original knob off -- sitting in drivers seat put tranny in 2nd, release hand brake, lean over and lift hard using your legs and back. 2 hands needed and it pops off. New one goes right on and does not leave a gap at the boot. Very smooth, positive shifts. Really like it.
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:27 PM
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Very nice, I'll have to look into that
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:59 AM
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You never mentioned how much?

And once it was on was it secure or loose?
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:18 AM
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Thought you'd never ask! (is it the holidays? things seem unusually dead around here???)

The standard ZHP short knob (thats what it is called in 3-series speek) is 65 bucks from LeatherZ. 75 if you want an "M" insignia. Mine has an M-stripe on it and it was 75 plus shipping (surprised I didnt get any grief yet for this as I remember someone got grief for putting an M insignia on a non-M car) I like the litttle splash of color and my feeling is that any manual BMW has some M-car in it. whatever -- its my car!

At first I was bummed because the knob was sitting about 1/2 a centimeter above the boot-top. But then I remembered how hard it was to get the original off and over its securing flanges. So I put on a fleece glove and banged on the knob -- sure enough it clicked right on to the flanges and it is very secure with a meaty feel to it. Its definitely smaller in terms of height and overall diameter. Gives shifting a much more precise feel. The extra weight is a good thing. IMO.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:48 PM
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I have the same nob on the M. Love it. You might also think about a short shift kit, an excellent mod, if one is made for the X3. Throws are a little long in stock BMW manuals. Our X is AT.
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