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Old 01-02-2011, 09:05 PM
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Z3: Shift knob replacement thoughts

Last week my aftermarket momo shifter knob (not installed by me) snapped off in my hand. From what I've seen the OEM knob (25 11 1 434 004) is long out of production. Tischer's system shows it as a good part number but lists it at $130 (!).

I want to get a factory part, and I've narrowed my choices down to...
Black leather ///M knob, 25 11 7 503 231
Illuminated black leather ///M knob 25 11 2 229 895
Maplewood and leather ///M knob 25 11 2 228 636

So if y'all were to choose between the three, which one would you pick? I'm personally mostly torn between the second two.

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:55 PM
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I would go with the ZHP knob
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:24 AM
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:42 AM
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I hated my OE shift knob with a passion. They are very prone to pull off due to flimsy plastic attachment. I bought a Whalen shift knob and have never looked back.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:57 AM
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If you're trying to stay factory, the ZHP knob is the best......but my personal preference is the UUC stainless steel knobs; I have an RK Magnum in my Z, an RK3 in the MCS, and an RKII in the M3.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:36 AM
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The problem with the ZHP knob is that it is not illuminated. I have one, and am not very happy with it.

I will be replacing it with a new stock illuminated knob when I get around to it.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:44 AM
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I had tried the after Market shift knobs, like many others had stated..it is not that good. I have the OEM lighted shift knob, and I also have the WSM chrome..I like the WSM the most, only change it out when it is cold. I would change it back when the weather get little better. this is the only two I would for now.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:14 AM
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The problem with the ZHP knob is that it is not illuminated. I have one, and am not very happy with it.

I will be replacing it with a new stock illuminated knob when I get around to it.
I believe Leather Z makes a lighted version. I am looking at one to put in the M Coupe and move the the lighted M Coupe one to the M3 Sedan.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:26 PM
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It turns out the wood M knob is also NLA. What type of connector for illumination is in the M cars? It turns out the 895 number is only available as part of a retrofit kit, but 25 11 2 231 550 is the OE number for the M's. I have a small black connector (3 pin, 2 used) forward of the shifter that is for gauge lighting judging by the wire colors.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:26 PM
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Hmm... that odd that the wood one would me NLA. The original shifter came off while test driving my car and they just threw a new one on right there. But i have no problems with the OEM shifter (other than the one coming off). If you want an illuminated one go for it. as long as you like it.
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Waylon Shift machine. Not sure if Doug is still making these but they were like Jewelry
& were shorter than std knob so it felt more like a short throw...
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Waylon Shift machine. Not sure if Doug is still making these but they were like Jewelry
& were shorter than std knob so it felt more like a short throw...
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& were shorter than std knob so it felt more like a short throw...
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Thanks for all the input. Those Whalen knobs look beautiful, but the price is out of my budget right now. I'm leaning towards the ZHP knob for now. I'd like to avoid paying $150 for a retrofit kit that has pieces I don't need or $120 for an illuminated knob with the wrong connector.
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