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      08-17-2011, 10:49 PM   #111
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OK running into a little problem how in the hell do you get the whole black Assembly out? Also the little thin board where the led lights are will not come out do I need to trim something to get it out.

1. getting the whole Assembly out picture in right top corner?

2. Thin white led light board how to get it out

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      08-18-2011, 11:36 PM   #112
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2. Thin white led light board how to get it out
Once you have the black piece on the top right corner out, just remove the 2 terminals from the white connector and pull the white LED board out; that's all you need from the stock knob, so you can destroy the black piece if the wires give you a hard time . And of course mark which wire goes where on the connector, because after fishing the wires thru the modified ZHP knob, you'll have to reinsert them back in the correct position... but push the little tabs out first so they lock firmly in place. Needless to say, you'll need a very small jeweler's (flat) screwdriver for the connector job. Good luck.

PS: If somebody already removed the wires without marking them, just insert the empty connector into the female one on the car and mark them there .

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1. in the pic that shows where the hole pop up near the 26 did you end up hollowing out that area to place the led light board? or Did you keep it like that and place the led light board right on top and insert the black plastic ring taken out form the OEM?


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Anyway, the lower pics are after removing the 'posts' at 12 and 6 o'clock positions, and where the hole ends up if drilled at my chosen location, which is the best one IMO. Hope this helps gang.





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      08-18-2011, 11:46 PM   #114
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Once you have the black piece on the top right corner out, just remove the 2 terminals from the white connector and pull the white LED board out; that's all you need from the stock knob, so you can destroy the black piece if the wires give you a hard time . And of course mark which wire goes where on the connector, because after fishing the wires thru the modified ZHP knob, you'll have to reinsert them back in the correct position... but push the little tabs out first so they lock firmly in place. Needless to say, you'll need a very small jeweler's (flat) screwdriver for the connector job. Good luck.

PS: If somebody already removed the wires without marking them, just insert the empty connector into the female one on the car and mark them there .
so you didn't cut the top of the black thing of like in pic 4? If not how and where did you mount the led board to? If you can PM me your phone number so that I can just ask you I would appreciate it.
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      08-19-2011, 12:25 AM   #115
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I think I have got confused because I have been looking at multiple ways of doing this mod and I thought you did it the way that was first posted. thanks for the help but I think I will try and do it using the black part filed down like posted in the pic I have at the top of the page.
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      08-25-2011, 03:39 PM   #116
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Guys I just finished doing mine and it looks GREAT! However, I'm going a different route. I pulled the trigger and bought the BMW performance knob. The only thing I didn't like too much about this one is that the leather doesn't really match the M3 interior. I know this is not a big deal for most but I'm really picky and VERY indecisive.

Anyway, would anyone be interested in buying mine? It has the OEM LED board and OEM 6-speed emblem in the top so it looks OEM.

I'll post pics later.
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      08-26-2011, 06:43 PM   #117
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I think I have got confused because I have been looking at multiple ways of doing this mod and I thought you did it the way that was first posted.
I thought you were talking about the ENTIRE black part. Yes, you have to cut the top part (just like pictures show), in order to mount the acrylic top like factory. I did this over 2 years ago, so don't remember exactly what I did, but I secured it somehow (probably glued it). For the acrylic top, I reused the adhesive pattern since it came out intact (that I remember ). And the LED being closer to the acrylic top made zero difference in my car; looks the same, and light is perfectly uniform.

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Anyway, would anyone be interested in buying mine? It has the OEM LED board and OEM 6-speed emblem in the top so it looks OEM.
Two things. Leather is indeed slightly different, but with the 'ring' separating boot from knob, you CANNOT tell the difference sitting in the car... unless you're really looking for a difference, AND under the right lighting. Even for my super anal standards, it's a non issue at all.
But if you want to sell it, put it on the classifieds and it'd sell in no time. Good luck either way.
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      08-27-2011, 11:18 AM   #118
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Guys I just finished doing mine and it looks GREAT! However, I'm going a different route. I pulled the trigger and bought the BMW performance knob. The only thing I didn't like too much about this one is that the leather doesn't really match the M3 interior. I know this is not a big deal for most but I'm really picky and VERY indecisive.

Anyway, would anyone be interested in buying mine? It has the OEM LED board and OEM 6-speed emblem in the top so it looks OEM.

I'll post pics later.
PM'ed I just finished mine the onlything is I used my old knob from my old
e46 and its all worn so I would love to buy your send me your paypal and will send you the money asap
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      08-30-2011, 06:17 PM   #119
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Tischer is running a free shipping on this knob. Great time to buy and save!
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Tischer is running a free shipping on this knob. Great time to buy and save!
Tried to check out with free shipping on this knob but there are no options for this. Anyone know how to get free shipping?
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Tried to check out with free shipping on this knob but there are no options for this. Anyone know how to get free shipping?
Just check out as you normally would (as if you were paying shipping). Tischer will remove the shipping charge once the order is processed/shipped.
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I finished the mod last night and it went perfect! Thanks for the DIY! It really helped. OH, and having a Dremel tool helped a lot too!
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      10-26-2011, 01:17 AM   #123
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This is the ZHP knob with white light that matches the tach and speedometer.
Was the white light a DIY or purchased from somewhere? the LeatherZ site still shows orange colors
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      10-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #124
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Was the white light a DIY or purchased from somewhere? the LeatherZ site still shows orange colors
I bought it from a forum member but he doesn't make them anymore.
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I just did mine yesterday! Thanks!
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      11-04-2011, 06:04 PM   #126
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Just did this. Any tips on getting the boot to look "smoother"?


I didn't actually bother with the illumination. Just left the unplugged female side dangling. Doesn't seem to get in the way.. yet.
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how did you get the shift pattern emblem from the ZHP off dose it pop off or do you drill it out
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how did you get the shift pattern emblem from the ZHP off dose it pop off or do you drill it out

Wondering the same thing!!
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Wondering the same thing!!
you have to put a screw into it and pull it out. It is glued down
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I'm screwing with this right now and what I am unsure of in the pics through the whole thread is on the ZHP knob I broke them emblem to get it out (no biggie there) but what I was left with was a big black plastic piece that in no way wants to come off. Tried drilling and that did nothing but make holes in it.

Wondering how am I supposed to get it to look like pic 3:

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I dremeled off the black plastic/rubber center until it was flush with the rest of the interior cavity. Epoxied in the black plastic ring and the led board fit perfectly and the shift pattern was perfectly flush with the top of the knob.
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I dremeled off the black plastic/rubber center until it was flush with the rest of the interior cavity. Epoxied in the black plastic ring and the led board fit perfectly and the shift pattern was perfectly flush with the top of the knob.
Gotcha. Should be easy enough.
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