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      07-25-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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Shift knob options for the 1M

In my previous car (the STi), I requested a Duracron shift knob because it didn't wear poorly like the standard leather shift knob. In addition, it never got too hot/cold while sitting parked. My Type-R titanium shift knob (while I loved it) always got scalding in the summer and cold as ice in the winter.

Are there any good/clean replacements for the stock shift knob on the 1M? I would prefer a illuminated duracron-like or some other material other than titanium if possible. The leather shift knobs feel so unconnected with the driver experience, while I feel the other harder surfaces connect you better. I guess I just like "feeling" the transmission through the shifter. Any ideas?
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      07-25-2011, 09:36 AM   #2
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How about the BMW Performance shift knob (the one in the left)?
It's not illuminated though.


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Not sure if it'll fit but...

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
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The stock knob is bonded to the boot so prepare for some work if you want to retain the stock shift boot.
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How about the BMW Performance shift knob (the one in the left)?
It7s not illuminated though.

Is the stock shifter illuminated? Anyone got a pic?
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The stock knob is bonded to the boot so prepare for some work if you want to retain the stock shift boot.
I was afraid of that, is there a vendor that sources just the 1M boot?
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Not illuminated.
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      07-25-2011, 05:55 PM   #8
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Well its not illuminated yet, but that might be a good option to have



Will be in production within the next couple of weeks
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please don't take this personally rich, but that's a really strange design. i can't really say it doesn't work without testing it on a car, but it's aesthetically lacking.
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Well its not illuminated yet, but that might be a good option to have

Will be in production within the next couple of weeks
Umm... maybe if you intend to never use the sixth gear again.
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Well its not illuminated yet, but that might be a good option to have



Will be in production within the next couple of weeks
Double Fail...
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i didn't want to be the first one to say it...but yeah, I'm not really liking the look of that shift knob. besides the 5 gear layout, it looks like something that is more fitting on a camaro (transformer-ish).
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i didn't want to be the first one to say it...but yeah, I'm not really liking the look of that shift knob. besides the 5 gear layout, it looks like something that is more fitting on a camaro (transformer-ish).
+1 Really needs to be BMW'ish design.
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Well its not illuminated yet, but that might be a good option to have



Will be in production within the next couple of weeks
DBS rip off? but only 5 gears??? hahaha
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Drilled pool ball. Not as ridiculous as it may appear. You don't need the shift pattern as I assume you know how to drive.
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Not illuminated.
then... what is that attached wiring for?
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DBS rip off? but only 5 gears??? hahaha
The shifter pattern is interchangeable.

We have designs for the Reg 5 speed, Dogleg 5 Speed and 6 Speed.

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Drilled pool ball. Not as ridiculous as it may appear. You don't need the shift pattern as I assume you know how to drive.
You can get custom stainless shift knobs as well as billiard ball knobs (that almost sounds dirty) at http://www.whalenshiftmachine.com/
I've seen his work on MINIs and it's top notch
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You can get custom stainless shift knobs as well as billiard ball knobs (that almost sounds dirty) at http://www.whalenshiftmachine.com/
I've seen his work on MINIs and it's top notch
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I had one of his Shifters on my 2008 MCS JCW.

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I like the stock one that comes with the 1M
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I like the stock one that comes with the 1M
I do too...I love it actually. But after a couple of years, the leather starts to wear and it just feels "squishy". After you have a duracron or titanium shift knob you'll never want another leather shift knob. You just feel so connected with the transmission and the car overall! i guess since there aren't a lot of great options out there, i'll go with the performance shift knob and a short shift kit. i really wish there were more options out there to choose from!
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then... what is that attached wiring for?
The car in the pic is not an 1M.
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