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      06-15-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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M gear knob F20/F21?

Hi Guys,

Anyone knows if there are retrofit M-gearknobs available for the F20/F21 series? I find the original gear knob a bit too high after having had an M-sport E87 before.

RealOem shows some:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...33&hg=25&fg=10
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Model 116i shows a different one;
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=1A11&mospid=53622&btnr=25_0537& hg=25&fg=95
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      07-11-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Hi Guys,

Anyone knows if there are retrofit M-gearknobs available for the F20/F21 series? I find the original gear knob a bit too high after having had an M-sport E87 before.

RealOem shows some:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...33&hg=25&fg=10
Anyone?
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You can buy the M Performance carbon/Alcantara gear stick from BMW



It is 132.50 from your local dealer (in the UK)
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      07-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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Its not just expensive, but also ugly . I never liked knobs being so free of any form like this one.
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What about those lights in your steering wheel?
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      07-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #7
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I think thats not really "his" wheel, more just a screenshot captured from BMW's Performance-trailer. That is the BMW Performance steering wheel with shift-lights and a display.

Oh and before you ask: This thing will set you back 4-figure-money. BMW germany asks 1299€, airbag and labour not included.
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      07-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #8
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You can buy the M Performance carbon/Alcantara gear stick from BMW



It is £132.50 from your local dealer (in the UK)
I find the M-performance stick a bit over the top for my 118D. The M-sport edition is just right!

I am very happy with the F20 but a miss out a bit of sportiness that my E87 118i had. The shorter knob is very much contributing to that (you actually hold it everty minute). Also I liked the small side mirrors more and the sport steeringwheel has not the thickniss of the previous one which I liked so much..

So lets go retrofitting!

If available..
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I think thats not really "his" wheel, more just a screenshot captured from BMW's Performance-trailer. That is the BMW Performance steering wheel with shift-lights and a display.

Oh and before you ask: This thing will set you back 4-figure-money. BMW germany asks 1299, airbag and labour not included.
^^ What he said

As for the gear stick, I actually quite like it.. Think it needs to be seen in the flesh to appreciate it.
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I have seen a lot of those perfectly round shaped knobs. Performance, Alpina, Schnitzer. For any kind of BMW model. I never liked a single one. I do need the proper "shift knob design/form", or the new joystick for the autobox.
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Unless installed in a racing car: That steering wheel looks horrible!
Luckily we all have different taste, that's why cars never get boring
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I prefer round steering wheels, but the performance edition is flat in the lower section. That is probably fine in a formula one car, but if you have a car with more than one turn from lock to lock, it is not such a good idea. It can cause you to miss a grip.
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holysh*& what the f*** is that steering wheel?!?!
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I have found an M-Pack gearknob on Ebay DE!

http://www.ebay.de/itm/120947117949

The shape Looks indeed to be a an F20/F21 version. I will try bidding on this one and keep you updated of any progresses made.
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Be careful, the seller specifically says "no shipping to other countries than germany or austria" in the text.
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Thats the (only) benefit of having German colleagues! :-)
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I expected that, most dutchies have a guy for that . Just wanted to mention it..
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They are both valid- except these are the differences:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...33&hg=25&fg=10 Is the M Sport gear shifter

and

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...%20hg=25&fg=95 is the M Performance gear shifter

The M Performance shifter is about 150 :O

Either one can be put onto any model
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They are both valid- except these are the differences:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...33&hg=25&fg=10 Is the M Sport gear shifter

and

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...%20hg=25&fg=95 is the M Performance gear shifter

The M Performance shifter is about 150 :O

Either one can be put onto any model
Thanks for the info, is there a possibility to buy from RealOEM.com?
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      07-18-2012, 03:52 PM   #21
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Found a vendor for the M-sport gearshifter (Bimmerparts), price for OEM piece around 140€.

But seeing the pictures I start doubting; is it actually shorter than an standard F20 gear shifter? Can anyone confirm?

Also the new M-pack shifters are not having the perforated leather but standard leather.
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      07-30-2012, 02:31 PM   #22
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Just installed the M gear knob in my F20 118D and put it on youtube:


Quite easy to install, just pull the leather wrap-around away from it by pressing the sides. Then pull the gear knob with a lot of pressure untill it pops (mind your head!). Replace it. Then pull it firmly down till you feel it popping in.

Happy with it, but it is not a shortshifter as my old E87 118i M-sport had, it is still a bit higher. Visited a BMW dealer in Amsterdam and saw an F20 M-sport but noticed it having not a really short shifter. Too bad.

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