I've replaced my Knob!
by Shawn Collins <shawn_at_geejeffery.com>
Subject: I've replaced my Knob!
From: Shawn Collins <shawn_at_geejeffery.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 97 17:55:35 -0400
My patented, trademarked, copyrighted and kosher illuminated M-shift knob
arrived in time for my Inspection II several days back, and I installed
the thing myself. The kit was the knob-only -- no leather boot -- which
had about 6 inches of wire (grey/red and brown) into a plastic connector
plug. Also included was another cable, about 4 feet long with a matching
plastic connector plug on one end, and push type connectors on the end of
each grey/red and brown wire. Instructions were E36/5 (318ti) specific,
but still useless.
The easiest thing to do, I thought, would be to install the knob. I
yanked off the old knob and removed the boot and insulating foam, no
problems. After cleaning everything up nicely, I proceeded to thread the
plastic connector plug through the opening in the leather boot -- it
wouldn't fit. The remainder of this job was left to my wife, who pulled
some stitching out of the boot, passed the connector through, and sewed
everything back together. She did a fine job, if I may say!
Reinstalling the knob is easy -- just push.
The instructions show you how to remove the lower knee-panel from below
the steering wheel which should reveal a wire loom tucked up the left
side of the dash which has space to connect the grey/red and brown wires.
What they didn't mention is that the North American models have a crash
pad for the knees behind this panel (by the illustration, Euro models
have a shelf down there), which you would also have to remove. The
locations were specified in the manual, something like 58 & 31, but were
not clearly illustrated and I'd be dammed if I could find them. So,
after screwing around with that for 20-30 minutes, I put everything back
together, and instead I took out and spliced the grey/red & brown wires
that illuminate the ashtray. That works fine, and to anyone else
attempting this -- screw the instructions.
So the knob looks great, real nice leather, etc., etc. Just one
observation: the illumination colour is bit more red than the orange
everywhere else. Does anyone else have this problem?
'95 318ti | Jet Black, partial M Technic |
Sport | M Contour, S-02, K&N, PBR, |
| Stebro |
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