BimmerFest BMW Forum banner

Shift Knob Replacement

2674 26
Just received my new ZHP shift knob...Thanks Tischer!
Does anyone have a link to instructions explaining how to pop the old one off, and put the new one on? I searched the E46 forum and didn't find anything.
Thanks!
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
With two hands, grab hold and yank straight upwards. If you have a helmet, wear it. Most who attempt this a first time punch themselves in the chin.

You've been warned.
put the tranny in 2nd gear

also a good idea to open the sunroof ..... cracked glass is a biatch

then pull upward ... hard
I like the "sit in the drivers seat with your right leg in the passenger seat" method myself. I get great leverage this way by laying my arm over my right thigh :thumbup:
Maybe you'll be lucky enough that your existing one is broken. They come off real easy in that case. I test drove a 6spd ZHP just today and the darn thing came right off. I look underneath and, sure enough, two of the plastic tabs that hold it onto the stick are broken. That salesman sure was embarrassed.
Really?...Pull like hell...that's it? :confused: hehe.
Yep! Don't twist, if you do, see post above yours for the result.
Really?...Pull like hell...that's it? :confused: hehe.
put it in 4th gear, sit on the center armrest with your legs essentially straddling the gear shift. Then with both hands, pull *straight up* in the direction of the gear lever. No twisting, no angulation, no torquing..
I recommend wearing a hockey cup to protect the groin. With gear shift in 2nd or 4th, position yourself on the center console, left foot planted on floor of driver side and right foot passenger side for leverage. Be careful, this is dangerous. Pull knob toward you using both hands. Knob will pop off when the amount of pulling force is sufficient and when that happens, the top of the knob will inevitably hit your crotch like a missile, then the rest of your body will propel itself into the backseat. You are now ready to install the new shift knob. Good luck and welcome to Bimmerfest.

Dave
hahaha...this is hilarious. :rofl: I'm just going to put all of my hockey gear on and give it hell. I'll let you know if any serious injuries insue.
Can we get an injury report please ?
:rofl::rofl::rofl: I was just thinking the same thing!
Can we get an injury report please ?
lols. yeah you gotta pull pretty hard. you know when you're really exerting yourself and you start to shake a bit cause you're pulling so hard? I was like that. and i'm not weak either so don't call me out haha
Today I was taking my mail box key out of the sunglasses compartment and it slipped down into the crack between the astray and centerconsole.... So I tried to take the shift knob off and I twisted it off b/c I did know that you were supposed to just pull up... well The two tabs were broken.... So does anyone know that part number for the little black plastic piece inside the shift knob???
:rofl::rofl::rofl:
:rofl::rofl::rofl: I was just thinking the same thing!
Those plastic pieces are part of the knob, probably don't get sold separately. Looks like its time for a new shift knob, I recommend the zhp style from tischer, you can't go wrong especially for that price. Got mine n 5 days and I live in Canada, great service!
Today I was taking my mail box key out of the sunglasses compartment and it slipped down into the crack between the astray and centerconsole.... So I tried to take the shift knob off and I twisted it off b/c I did know that you were supposed to just pull up... well The two tabs were broken.... So does anyone know that part number for the little black plastic piece inside the shift knob???
What was that part number for the one you have? And do you have a pic of what it looks like?
Those plastic pieces are part of the knob, probably don't get sold separately. Looks like its time for a new shift knob, I recommend the zhp style from tischer, you can't go wrong especially for that price. Got mine n 5 days and I live in Canada, great service!
Just did mine. Nearly lost a tooth... Stupid over engineered shift knob.
Must be bad..... the OP hasn't been able to type yet !

:rofl::rofl::rofl:
Can we get an injury report please ?
Is it the same procedure to get the steptronic one off?

Mine is due for a painting whenever i get a free weekend.
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top