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Gear Shift Knob

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by leland, Jun 30, 2010.

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    2001 E39 MSport 6 speed. The gear shift knob will not stoy on. The nylon insert is broken. I don't mind buying another knob but I'm concerned about how it fits. I don't see what actually keeps it on other than just a tight fit on the shift rod or possibly the groove in the top of the shifter. Anyone have experience with this?
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    Internal tabs in the knob snap into the groove around the shifter rod. It's a pretty firm fit, so the more the knob is removed and replaced, the more likely the tab(s) will snap.
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    ^what he said, also the groove in the top of the rod just keeps the knob centered

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    if you buy a short weighted shift knob you will not only cure the lose knob poblem but will get firmer shifts
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    This ^. I would recommend switching to the ZHP knob. It is very attractive and it is shorter. The ZHP knob is the next best thing to a short shift kit. To install I either use a dry wash cloth to protect the knob and then a firm tap with a rubber mallet, or the palm of my hand.

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