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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-29-2004, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, my question is odd, at least I think it is, so maybe you all won't... I duno. Ok, check this out. My shift boot is ragged and nasty, so I took it off to replace it. When I got it off, I noticed my shifter has this sort of... rubber-type... thing... around it, and I can get that to slide down off the top, but the top won't twist off so that I can replace the boot with a new one. I'm curious if anyone else has run into this issue? If so, can you give me some hints? I'm lost here. I can't force the boot down over the knob, it is way too big, so how do I install a damn new boot? Grr!
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It knida makes it easier if you give year and model. Anyway, if yours is like my new 86 325es 5 speed I just got, you get the shift handle off by pulling. Grab it with both hands and pull up while giving it slight twists to the left and right, it takes a little force so do be carefull not to crack yourself in the noggin when it pops off. :P To get it back on, just line up the shifter, push down and turn it slightly to the left and right untll you feel the notch set in place then just slap it down. Finished.
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suppose that would have helped to give year and model, but I've got a 1985 bmw 318i. I bet chances are its like yours, but thats a real weird design. I wouldn't mind getting a new knob, the current one is kind of ... well its seen better days.
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yank off the old knob, and pull off the shift boot... the hit the top of the old knob to put it back in
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like he said just watch the noggin,,,not that i know anything about that ghead
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haha, thanks. I'm going to try that today probally. Woot. This new shift boot ought to add like... 20 horsepower!

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