Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

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Mr Whippy
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Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

Post by Mr Whippy » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:16 pm

I'm just wondering what my options are.

My 130i has the optional short-shift kit, but I'm not sure I like the shortness of it, your wrist is kinda so low it's almost rubbing on the trim around the gearstick.

I fitted one of the M sport gearsticks to my old E85 3.0i Z4 (straight swap) and much preferred it, and I think I'd prefer one in my 130i.

However, I'm not sure if it'll fit, nor am I sure if it'll sit just as low?


M sport gearstick:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/BMW-Genuine-M- ... 1844018493

What I have:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Performa ... 1885227255

Or are there other options?

I'm not even sure if it'll look ok with the alcantara shroud around the stick... if the BMW P one could just be say 20mm higher it'd be much nicer.

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Re: Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

Post by swanny71 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:22 am

I have the short shifter and that M Sport (330i Clubsport) gear knob and absolutely love how the combination works together.

In answer to answer your questions:
Yes it fits but will be just a low as what you have now.
Current: 130i & 1M
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Re: Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

Post by pem10 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:43 pm

I used to have the bmwp knob and I never really got on with it. I found it too small and at times just uncomfortable to use. I recently acquired a storm motorwerks v4 which is imo far nicer to use plus its about twice as heavy as the other 2 mentioned. Its certainly smoothed the shift even with a standard height shift mechanism. Pricey but a quality product.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... b1bL26r3A8
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Re: Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

Post by Mr Whippy » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:15 pm

swanny71 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:22 am
I have the short shifter and that M Sport (330i Clubsport) gear knob and absolutely love how the combination works together.

In answer to answer your questions:
Yes it fits but will be just a low as what you have now.
I wonder if it'd be cool to find an old one and have it wrapped in matching alcantara. Hmmm.

Given the combinations I've seen, I'm figuring almost all BMWs of this era share the same friction-fit attachment so I can just do whatever takes my fancy.

Cheers

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Re: Swapping gearsticks, 130i short-shift > genuine M sport

Post by Mr Whippy » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:18 pm

pem10 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:43 pm
I used to have the bmwp knob and I never really got on with it. I found it too small and at times just uncomfortable to use. I recently acquired a storm motorwerks v4 which is imo far nicer to use plus its about twice as heavy as the other 2 mentioned. Its certainly smoothed the shift even with a standard height shift mechanism. Pricey but a quality product.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source= ... b1bL26r3A8
I'll have to have a proper look at those once I get a decent chunk of time.

I'm going to have to look into raising the one I have 20mm somehow.

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