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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-09-2005, 11:32 PM
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How would you operate a sphere shaped shifter?

just replaced my stock stick shaped shifter (worn out) with this Momo Sphere Black shifter. It perfectly matches my black leather interior.


This is my first time using a sphere shaped shifter and I immediately noticed that my old way of grabbing the stick shifter did not seem to work well. I used to shift like this

http://www.shortshifter.com/techniques2.htm

Now since the top becomes a ball, it feels really akward to wrap my fist around it like that. I have been trying different techniques these days to get used to it but yet I have not found one that I feel really comfortable and natural. It'd be great if you guys can give me some ideas, especially if you use such a shifter yourself. Of course pictures if possible! Thx.
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Old 08-10-2005, 12:18 AM
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Shift exactly the same as before. And I don't think you should use your fist. Use your fingers and palm depending on shift.

And how does a shift knob wear out? Do you nibble on it?
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:27 AM
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I must refer back to the great Nicki Lauda who wrote in his book, ART AND SCIENCE OF GRAND PRIX DRIVING, that to properly shift one should cup his fingers and place them on the top of the shifter. This will allow full control in all directions as your fingertips will pull and the base of your fingers push the shifter. Using the palm of your hand only allows for missed shifts as it is not flexible enough to grip the shift surface.

That book was given to me when I was a kid and it was a great primer.
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:38 AM
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And how does a shift knob wear out? Do you nibble on it?
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:07 AM
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Swtiching from the stock shifter/knob combo to an SSK with the stock knob then to the SSK with a WSM (small round heavy stainless steel knob, for those not familiar with the WSM) has not changed my technique, which is as shown in the link from the original post.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:18 AM
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I must refer back to the great Nicki Lauda who wrote in his book, ART AND SCIENCE OF GRAND PRIX DRIVING, that to properly shift one should cup his fingers and place them on the top of the shifter. This will allow full control in all directions as your fingertips will pull and the base of your fingers push the shifter. Using the palm of your hand only allows for missed shifts as it is not flexible enough to grip the shift surface.

That book was given to me when I was a kid and it was a great primer.
Thanks. Will definitely look into that book. Are there pics in it for illustration?
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:20 PM
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Seriously???....we have a thread to explain proper grip?
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:37 PM
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Thanks. Will definitely look into that book. Are there pics in it for illustration?
Yes there are. It's been out of print for a while, but I saw copies on Amazon for less than $6.00.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:08 PM
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First, you have to straddle the shifter, then grasp the knob firmly between your buttcheeks.... there`s a book on this technique (somewhere :-), called "Driving For Anal Retentives"....

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Old 08-10-2005, 07:03 PM
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:48 PM
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Seriously???....we have a thread to explain proper grip?
Why not..... We got lots and lots and lots and lots of other threads with seemingly inane questions.... What's one more amongst friends.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:28 PM
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This is my first time using a sphere shaped shifter and I immediately noticed that my old way of grabbing the stick shifter did not seem to work well. I used to shift like this

http://www.shortshifter.com/techniques2.htm
I disagree with their recommendations, (not entirely but some shifts i hold the shifter differently) but it's really what works best for each person. it's ludicrous for anyone to claim they have "the" way to shift including myself.
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And how does a shift knob wear out? Do you nibble on it?



Although the leather on my shift knob started to get pretty chewed up at the edges after about 10 years. I could have lived with it, but a replacement was only $30 or so, so I bought a new one. Not sure how a wood one would wear, though.
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And how does a shift knob wear out? Do you nibble on it?
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Old 08-11-2005, 08:07 AM
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Now since the top becomes a ball, it feels really akward to wrap my fist around it like that
Ah now see, you have to really grab it by the ball...



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