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      02-25-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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Arrow Lighted ZHP Installed! DIY

Well I know this has been posted before but there is more than one way to skin a cat and thought it might be helpfull to some. Here is my way. First, I really had trouble deciding if I wanted to keep the stock shifter/boot intact. So I installed a ZHP knob(unlit) and drove around for a week. I quickly realized that I would never want the stock knob in that car again. It was so much better. Less rubbery, shorter and of course weighted. Quite franlkly, I would rather drive with the ZHP unlit but I wanted it to look as close to stock as possible.

I then cut the boot off and proceeded to butcher the stock shift knob in order to extract the LED wiring/housing. (Pic1 & 2) For the ZHP knob, it is really useful to have a drill press and a vise to be able to remove the plastic (Pic3) without damaging the leather (I learned the hard way) and to free up enough space to house the LED board (which is wafer thin and has 6 tiny but bright LED's).

To avoide light leaks, I used the black stock LED housing and cut with my Dremel, just the top "ring" off so that the shift pattern emblem would sit flat and level. (Pic4)

A smaller hole is drilled the legnth of the shift knob to allow the wiring to pass through from the LED board. To feed the wire through you need to remove the plug with a small flat srewdriver (NO CUTTING is neccesarry). After you feed the wires through, you just push the wires back into the plug.

The last step is to glue everything in place, starting with the LED board, then the "ring", and finally the original lighted emblem, using the glue sparingly. (Pic5) I used Loctite cunstruction glue, very strong and instant grab. Just like everyone else who has done this, I ziptide the boot into place from the inside and plugged the knob in. This setup is stock setup clean, plug and play and the new shift knob is awsome! I include a few finished pics. Enjoy.
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      02-25-2009, 03:19 PM   #2
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Awesome DIY, I will be doing this once my baby arrive.... Thank you for doing this. I was contemplating on trying to find out how to do this....
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      02-25-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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Here is a comparison of the stock vs ZHP. Also if you look back at the first picture, you will see how the stock shifter is totally hollow.
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      02-25-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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That's sweet I wish I could do that to my Bmw performance knob
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      02-25-2009, 07:51 PM   #5
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That's sweet I wish I could do that to my Bmw performance knob
It's really not so bad. A bit tedious but if you take your time, you can do this whole conversion with zero additional cost(other than the ZHP itself). I am all about recycling, so you end up re-using the old boot and all the electronics in the new one.
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      02-25-2009, 08:04 PM   #6
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Now that's a mod that I like!

Great job.
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Very impressive. Thanks for the DIY.
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      02-25-2009, 09:20 PM   #8
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Nice work! The ZHP is one of the best shift knobs.
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      02-26-2009, 02:56 AM   #9
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Nice work! The ZHP is one of the best shift knobs.
For Sure!!!!


Looks Great!
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WOW! Impressive... I might look into doing this mod together with the SSK.

Thanks for sharing..
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      02-26-2009, 03:43 AM   #11
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Great mod. I just would feel guilty tearing apart the original knob... Thanks for the info!
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Mod looks good. But you could have also tried the UUC SSK that allows you to lower the shifter height as well as shorten the throws.

Good work!
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cool mod and great DIY. thanks!
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Can I send you my knob?
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I'm debating on ditching my BMW performance knob for this..
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wow nice mod!
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Nice Mod, But where do you guys think the cheapest place to get a ZHP knob is?
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WOW! Impressive... I might look into doing this mod together with the SSK.
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Mod looks good. But you could have also tried the UUC SSK that allows you to lower the shifter height as well as shorten the throws.
Good work!
That's the plan, though I am leaning towards a ROGUE ssk.
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Great mod. I just would feel guilty tearing apart the original knob... Thanks for the info!
Just do what I did, test drive the ZHP to see if you even like it before you tear apart the stock one.
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wow nice mod!
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cool mod and great DIY. thanks!
Thanks for the the great feedback!
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Nice Mod, But where do you guys think the cheapest place to get a ZHP knob is?
I would say Tischer for sure!
http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462
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Did you use the shift pattern emblem from the ZHP knob or the M3 one?
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Did you use the shift pattern emblem from the ZHP knob or the M3 one?
Definately the original M3 one. So you have to carefully remove the original one and not scratch it.
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Definately the original M3 one. So you have to carefully remove the original one and not scratch it.
damn...ok. thanks.
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damn...ok. thanks.
PM me if you have any questions or need help.
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