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      04-02-2013, 06:46 AM   #111
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Thank you OP and contributors. I received the knob yesterday and installed it in less than half an hour. I did not glue the boot to the boot ring and it still comes out looking OEM. The major point to remember is to cut large enough holes for the tabs, so they will lock in place when you re-install the boot ring. Overall terrific mod.

As reported earlier, the weighted knob does improve the shifting especially between 1 and 2. I did not find the lower height causing a problem with shifts and hitting the idrive.
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      04-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #112
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Installed mine last night. It took me about 4 hours. Most of this time was spent cleaning up the M3 base ring as it is bonded to the M3 boot very securely. The other big chunk of time was from repeated attempts to trim off new boot leather from the ring so it would snap into the console. Now, I glued and actually didn't even leave boot tabs over the ring clips, so that wasn't the issue. The issue is that the M5 leather is thicker as others have mentioned, especially where the boot is sewn. I never managed to get a full seat and engaged clips into the console (even removed the console trim to try). So, the two clips at the rear are in but the two toward the front aren't. The boot is secure enough due to the press fit with the thicker leather, just not locked tightly with clips. Overall, I would have taken greater care to align the sewn seams with the shallow notches in the ring or simply transplant the knob only.

However I am still very pleased with the result as it looks great and feels excellent...better on the 1-2 shift (but still not perfect).
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      04-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #113
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if anyone in VA / DC / MD needs assistance, I'm pretty good at this
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      04-04-2013, 12:08 AM   #114
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Quick and easy install.

I went with the cut and glue method. The ring doesn't snap in all the way but I don't think it's going to come off unless someone yanks on it.

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      04-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #115
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Quick and easy install.

I went with the cut and glue method. The ring doesn't snap in all the way but I don't think it's going to come off unless someone yanks on it.

make sure you cut your clips as far as they need to be, I kept banging mine and then realized that was all that it needed
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      04-06-2013, 10:08 PM   #116
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I'm about to pull the trigger on this but wondered whether it would not be easier to remove the M5 knob from its boot and reuse the M3 boot ie. cut the knob off the M3 boot and zip-tie the 'neck' into the M5 knob? At least there wouldn't be any problems with the boot re-seating properly..... Would this still look ok?

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      04-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #117
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I'm about to pull the trigger on this but wondered whether it would not be easier to remove the M5 knob from its boot and reuse the M3 boot ie. cut the knob off the M3 boot and zip-tie the 'neck' into the M5 knob? At least there wouldn't be any problems with the boot re-seating properly..... Would this still look ok?

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I'd honestly just do the swap and tuck. You'll never really need to swap it, and if you do someone will probably trade you for sure.
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      04-11-2013, 05:15 AM   #118
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Someone asked earlier but I didn't see a reply so sorry if I've missed it. Does anyone have a part number / vendor details for the E92 M3 boot ring. Despite the terrific posts about how to do the install I'm hesitant and would like to put the F10 togeteher with a new M3 ring before removing / splitting the old one.

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      04-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #119
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Someone asked earlier but I didn't see a reply so sorry if I've missed it. Does anyone have a part number / vendor details for the E92 M3 boot ring. Despite the terrific posts about how to do the install I'm hesitant and would like to put the F10 togeteher with a new M3 ring before removing / splitting the old one.

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The rings are not sold separately - it is attached to the boot and knob so you would need to buy the whole setup. Keep your eyes on the classified forums as stock m3 knobs pop up every now and then.
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Got it. Thanks Gatorfast.
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Quick and easy install.

I went with the cut and glue method. The ring doesn't snap in all the way but I don't think it's going to come off unless someone yanks on it.

Looks fantastic - nice work!

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      04-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #122
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This is a great idea. I'm doing this in the next few days!
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      04-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #123
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Glue Used

What Type Of Glue Did You Use?
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Just installed my new shift knob... Found it pretty simple, when you are fitting the new leather to your existing ring I found that if you pull the leather down until there is minimal slack around the edges then your ready to clamp and trim, then remove clips one by one and glue behind each clip replacing the clip after glue has been applied , repeat until all clips have been glued behind ... Pics to follow
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glue is a major waste of time
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This man speaks the truth.
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      04-25-2013, 01:00 PM   #127
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sorry...slight thread jack, but thanks for the pictures and instructions. I followed it but installed the F30 M Peformance knob instead.

thanks, again.

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Installed. Trashed the old gaiter removing the base which may not be typical. Fully glued on unlike the F10. Did not glue but fastened the leather back onto itself underneath using carpet (gaffa) tape. Cut generous holes for the clips and it went on a dream.

Removing old gear knob. I put the car in second and sat in the back with my legs either side of the transmission tunnel. No problem getting enough leverage from there.
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Getting ready to do this, but can't find the answer to one question.

How far do you have the original plastic ring in the new M5 boot? (Sorry, if this is a confusing question).

Maybe a better way of asking is, when you place the original ring in the new boot and cut the holes for the tabs, how much "extra" leather do you wrap around the bottom of the ring.
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Getting ready to do this, but can't find the answer to one question.

How far do you have the original plastic ring in the new M5 boot? (Sorry, if this is a confusing question).

Maybe a better way of asking is, when you place the original ring in the new boot and cut the holes for the tabs, how much "extra" leather do you wrap around the bottom of the ring.

Test fit it would be the only thing I could say. You can do so w/out having to cut the leather. When it sits to your liking, make your holes accordingly.
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Getting ready to do this, but can't find the answer to one question.

How far do you have the original plastic ring in the new M5 boot? (Sorry, if this is a confusing question).

Maybe a better way of asking is, when you place the original ring in the new boot and cut the holes for the tabs, how much "extra" leather do you wrap around the bottom of the ring.
Place the ring inside the M5 boot until you get a nice snug fit. You don't want to leave too much slack because the extra leather with bulge up when you wrap the ring and not look of fit properly.

A good side note is remember to FULLY remove the old boot from the plastic. If you do not and wrap the new boot on top it will not fit back in the whole. I have a picture how mine came out if you'd like to see.
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Getting ready to do this, but can't find the answer to one question.

How far do you have the original plastic ring in the new M5 boot? (Sorry, if this is a confusing question).

Maybe a better way of asking is, when you place the original ring in the new boot and cut the holes for the tabs, how much "extra" leather do you wrap around the bottom of the ring.
Place the ring inside the M5 boot until you get a nice snug fit. You don't want to leave too much slack because the extra leather with bulge up when you wrap the ring and not look of fit properly.

A good side note is remember to FULLY remove the old boot from the plastic. If you do not and wrap the new boot on top it will not fit back in the whole. I have a picture how mine came out if you'd like to see.
made mine as tight as it could go, it naturally adds slack
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