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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, May-23-2019, 06:57:00 PM   #51
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I'm in, no pads, the machining marks look perfect.
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Old Fri, May-24-2019, 03:32:03 PM   #52
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Hey Guys,

Definitely working on a lower ring as well. Maybe paddles will be next. I should hopefully have another update in about a week or so.



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Definitely working on a lower ring as well. Maybe paddles will be next. I should hopefully have another update in about a week or so.



Love it!

It might be interesting if you used the same radius that you used on the bulbous top part of the knob, and used that radius (but inverted) to create a scalloped sort of chamfer around the lower ring. (hopefully that makes sense).
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Another quick update. I received the anodized samples back. It is a clear hard anodization. It does change the color a bit, but tool marks are still visible. It will really help prevent scratching and scuffing. The last image is a prototype of the gator ring, so it is a bit rough looking.







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Would love to see SMG peddles design like this




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Just received a sample of the first batch of these to test out. Formal review to come, but initial thoughts -- This shift knob is VERY well designed and manufactured. Fit and finish is phenomenal. Weight feels fantastic. Looks OE(+), but feels much higher quality than the stock knob. Comfortable too, no sharp edges, the texture feels great in the hands (I am a very tactile person) and without any sticky gel that could leak from the inserts like on the stock knob. Honestly blown away. After the first drive, It would be hard to go back to stock without feeling like I am putting a cheap plastic knob on in its place. Installation is as easy as it gets. It comes with 2 set screws (well thought out design), but the tolerance is so tight that they were not needed in my case. There is zero cross-movement or wiggle. If BMW engineered the VANOS tabs with this exact of a fitment tolerance, we would have never had VANOS tab shearing issues. Super impressed.



Pictures and full review after in a couple weeks. Initial impressions though, totally nailed it.
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Please let me know when the knob is available, the knob in my CSL is in desperate need of replacement, but i'll hold off for this one.
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I wish someone made a shift knob like this with illuminated ///M logo (like the classic BMW manual shift knob ZHP)

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I wish someone made a shift knob like this with illuminated ///M logo (like the classic BMW manual shift knob ZHP)

You can just put a manual knob and boot on. It has the same connection point. I was thinking about doing that just because I hate how the smg knob looks. Also not a fan of this one here.
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I wish someone made a shift knob like this with illuminated ///M logo (like the classic BMW manual shift knob ZHP)

It would be cool if the top engraving was illuminated on the new SMG knob that the OP designed, but honestly....He hit this out of the park, as is. I still cannot get over how well this knob feels tactilely. Every time I get in my car, forgetting the knob has been changed, I let out a gasp of "oh my god" when my hand grabs the shifter to put into neutral to start the car. The feel has totally ruined the stock paddles too; which now feel cheap and flexible. Hoping a set of paddles can accompany this new shifter. I can never go back to my stock shifter. Previous to this, the Storm Motorwerks one was the only viable option that I liked for SMG -- This one is better (IHMO).

Also, it's great that there isn't any worry of white sticky gel leaking out (like you have with the inserts in the stock knob). Thus far, in 105+ degree heat, it hasn't gotten too hot to where it couldn't be touched either. Honestly, I fucking love this shifter. Fitment and finish is better than the OE knob.

The charcoal grey one I received was supposed to be bright silver (to match the brushed aluminum trim I have)...but the charcoal has since grown on me and matches the steering wheel trim and SMG surrounding trim basically perfectly. Would look stellar in an Imola interior car with dark shadow trim.
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