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Old 09-09-2003, 04:52 PM
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Can I replace just the shift knob pattern insert?

Looks like the laminating/backing of the the pattern insert on my shift knob is separating from the plastic...

Can I replace just this piece? If so, where can I get it?

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Old 09-09-2003, 05:09 PM
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Looks like the laminating/backing of the the pattern insert on my shift knob is separating from the plastic...

Can I replace just this piece? If so, where can I get it?

Thanks guys!
You can buy them from BMW for like $7.00. Keep in mind that the standard M 5-Speed pattern will not come with silver backing, the patern itself and the M will be clear. I use Pimp-Daddy silver tint on the back of the ones I use in our knobs.
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Old 09-09-2003, 06:33 PM
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You can buy them from BMW for like $7.00. Keep in mind that the standard M 5-Speed pattern will not come with silver backing, the patern itself and the M will be clear. I use Pimp-Daddy silver tint on the back of the ones I use in our knobs.
Huh? I'm confused...my knob's insert has a black background...
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Huh? I'm confused...my knob's insert has a black background...
Right, and the lettering is silver. If you buy just an insert from BMW (the 5 speed M insert), the lettering is clear, not silver.
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Old 09-09-2003, 09:31 PM
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Hmm. So the lighted knobs light THROUGH the silver? That's how they come from the factory, but the replacements aren't like that?

Am I understanding right?
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Hmm. So the lighted knobs light THROUGH the silver? That's how they come from the factory, but the replacements aren't like that?

Am I understanding right?
Correct.
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Old 09-10-2003, 12:22 AM
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You can buy them from BMW for like $7.00. Keep in mind that the standard M 5-Speed pattern will not come with silver backing, the patern itself and the M will be clear. I use Pimp-Daddy silver tint on the back of the ones I use in our knobs.
Andy, I have a stock lighted knob on my M roadster that lights red. Can I replace the red light with one of your amber lights? How do you access the the light anyway?

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Old 09-10-2003, 05:50 AM
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Andy, I have a stock lighted knob on my M roadster that lights red. Can I replace the red light with one of your amber lights? How do you access the the light anyway?

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Ouch! Sore subject.

I think it would be easier to supercharge your S-54 than to change the l.e.d. in the shift knob. I know for a fact that I could install a short shift lever in your car in less time
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Ouch! Sore subject.

I think it would be easier to supercharge your S-54 than to change the l.e.d. in the shift knob. I know for a fact that I could install a short shift lever in your car in less time
I took my knob apart one time because it was lighting intermittently and all of the other wiring checked out. I resoldered all of the connections around the circuit board. I fixed it, but it was a tenuous process getting it apart and back together. I learned later that the lettering and/or coloring on the insert will just "rub off". It all stuck back together without my having to reinvent the adhesive, which I felt fortunate about. I got lucky, it works, I'm not messing with it again unless it's dead.

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I think it would be easier to supercharge your S-54 than to change the l.e.d. in the shift knob.
You are right. We did an LED swap on one leather shift knob and I will never do one again. It was going to go in JonM's car but I got too pissed off making it. The shift knob was thrown against a wall and destroyed.
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You are right. We did an LED swap on one leather shift knob and I will never do one again. It was going to go in JonM's car but I got too pissed off making it. The shift knob was thrown against a wall and destroyed.
Thats too bad it so difficult to do, the red color kinda sucks, IMHO. Oh well guess I should just do the short shifter or the S/C and forget about it. (unfortunatly, the color will just bug me silly)

Oh well...

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