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      08-17-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Challenge tri-stiched shift knob and E-brake boot: Review + Pictures

I recently purchased Challenge's newly announced tri-stitch 6 speed knob and ebrake boot.

ORDERING/GETTING AN ESTIMATE:
About 1 week before Challenge release those products, I actually PMed IND to get a few different option pricing however, I wasn't able to get any answer after 3 PMs. I also asked them in their thread but somehow I wasn't able to get any forum pricing... Then Challenge released theirs so I requested many different combo pricing (include full replacement vs. 6 speed boot only option for ZHP use. With/without ebrake boot. With/without ebrake handle etc. of really annoying many different combination).

Greg at Challenge answered all of my estimate request very quickly. As it's pretty big commitment for what it is (in terms of $$), I asked more questions to be sure and again, he quickly answered all my questions. So I ordered with confidence from Challenge.


SHIPPING:
As they're being pretty popular, I had to wait for next incoming batch which took 2 extra days. However they shipped exact date Greg was esitmating and he even shipped for faster method to accommodate my waiting time. I was very pleased with Challenge's service!


INSTALL/REVIEW:
They're the OEM parts and yes, they have no issue of fitment or quality issue.
However, these are 2 things I was concerned:
1. Stitch color match with OEM steering wheel - Stitch color matches nicely.
2. Quality of stitching (wasn't super impressed with LeatherZ's tri-stitch quality) - Top notch work. It looks like it's OEM.

Overall, I'm very happy with their service, shipping, color of stitch and quality of stitching. Even though I still think that they're somewhat pricy than what I wanted to pay, but you have to understand the one thing:
It's TRI-STITCHED, You have to pay M-tax to have it.
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      08-17-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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I recently purchased Challenge's newly announced tri-stitch 6 speed knob and ebrake boot.
So IND and Challenge make the part now??

EDIT: Looks like they have leather wrapped interior trim with the tri-stitch as well.
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      08-17-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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So IND and Challenge make the part now??

EDIT: Looks like they have leather wrapped interior trim with the tri-stitch as well.
It's an OEM BMW part and the M-tri color stitching is by the same company.
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Looks good.
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Looks good.
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Nice! I will look into these!
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It's an OEM BMW part and the M-tri color stitching is by the same company.
I tried closely comparing images on both sites because I have the IND pieces but wanted the handbrake lever too. I couldn't tell any difference from the images, now I understand why. I haven't received the handbrake lever but I'm guessing it will be a match like Greg at GT said.

I'll tip my hat to both IND and GT Motoring. It's great to have stuff like this.
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It looks a little strange with the rest of your upholstery imo. What if you redid the stitching on the seats?
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It looks a little strange with the rest of your upholstery imo. What if you redid the stitching on the seats?
I think that seems too much.
But I do want the old E36M3 style tri-color insert on my seats.
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Great little mod
Thanks!
I'm very happy with it. (Even my wife likes it).
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I think that seems too much.
But I do want the old E36M3 style tri-color insert on my seats.
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I wish they still implemented the tri-color insert on M models.
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I think my stitching looks better..not to call anyone out on it. It matches the steering wheel stitching better because of the "spaces" between threads/colors, whereas yours are all the same. Picture for reference:

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I think my stitching looks better..not to call anyone out on it. It matches the steering wheel stitching better because of the "spaces" between threads/colors, whereas yours are all the same. Picture for reference:

Yours does have those pulling "^" stitching look for middle darker blue stitches for sure. I thought about it too.
But since shifter boot and ebrake boot don't have much space between (compare to steering wheel), I was ok with not having those pulling "^" stitching.
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Yours does have those pulling "^" stitching look for middle darker blue stitches for sure. I thought about it too.
But since shifter boot and ebrake boot don't have much space between (compare to steering wheel), I was ok with not having those pulling "^" stitching.
Yeah they don't have much space at all. I'm just anal about little things sometimes, too, even though I would have been perfectly happy with the normal stitching, but once I came across a company that made these ones that look more 100% OEM, I just had to use it. Nonetheless, your shift boot looks great!
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Yeah they don't have much space at all. I'm just anal about little things sometimes, too, even though I would have been perfectly happy with the normal stitching, but once I came across a company that made these ones that look more 100% OEM, I just had to use it. Nonetheless, your shift boot looks great!
So, where'd you get yours?
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So, where'd you get yours?
redlinegoods.com:

http://redlinegoods.com/
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Thanks for the review Tommy. I'm glad the parts got there on time and installed easily. Looking good!




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EDIT: Looks like they have leather wrapped interior trim with the tri-stitch as well.

We are just releasing the matching door trim set to go with the dash pieces today as well

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OMG-I wanna see installed pictures of the trims!!!!


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Thanks for the review Tommy. I'm glad the parts got there on time and installed easily. Looking good!







We are just releasing the matching door trim set to go with the dash pieces today as well

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NICE. What's the pricing look like for the dash/door trims?
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