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Old 01-07-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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Illuminated shift knob

Hye guys, this might be a stupid question but, will the illuminated M3 shift nob work in a e36 model i think it looks sexy.....could i get the illumination to work....any ideas.
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Old 01-07-2006, 04:57 PM   #2
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ya..... the knob should come with the wiring kit!
Its a plug and play kit if its an OEM part!
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Old 01-07-2006, 05:09 PM   #3
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oh ok..so it will fit an e36 318ic and it will light up...where would u hook it up to..
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Old 01-08-2006, 03:08 AM   #4
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If the kit is purchased from the dealer, it comes with an instruction manual whoch also has a HOW TO picture.

The knob basically comes with a LONGGGGGG wire, which you run under the dash of you steering wheel, and it plugs into.... if i remember correctly.... the same plug as the dimmer control thats just to the left of the steering wheel!

If you just have the Knob, i can guide you through it... if i HAVE TO!
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The illuminated shift knob comes with a female plug that you connect to your existing male plug if your vehicle already came with a lighted shift knob. (m3's, z3's?)

If your vehicle did NOT come with a lighted shift knob already, then you will have to either get the female connector from the dealership, or simply tap into an existing circuit. The connector part number is 61-13-1-378-108. You will need two metal pins to fit inside the connector as well. Part numbers 61-13-1-376-202. In total these parts will cost you around $5. You will then have to tap these wires into an existing circuit. The connector is not necessary though, read on...

If you lift up your shift boot, you'll see the hazard light switch and wires at the bottom. Tap into the Gray & Brown wires there. Your shift knob will also have a Grey, and Brown wire. Match it up, tap into it with some wire taps, tape it up, and you're done. I believe the gray wire has a purple or red stripe on it.

It will turn on with your hazard light, and the dimmer will work too.

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Old 01-08-2006, 01:17 PM   #6
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The illuminated shift knob comes with a female plug that you connect to your existing male plug if your vehicle already came with a lighted shift knob. (m3's, z3's?)

If your vehicle did NOT come with a lighted shift knob already, then you will have to either get the female connector from the dealership, or simply tap into an existing circuit. The connector part number is 61-13-1-378-108. You will need two metal pins to fit inside the connector as well. Part numbers 61-13-1-376-202. In total these parts will cost you around $5. You will then have to tap these wires into an existing circuit. The connector is not necessary though, read on...

If you lift up your shift boot, you'll see the hazard light switch and wires at the bottom. Tap into the Gray & Brown wires there. Your shift knob will also have a Grey, and Brown wire. Match it up, tap into it with some wire taps, tape it up, and you're done. I believe the gray wire has a purple or red stripe on it.

It will turn on with your hazard light, and the dimmer will work too.

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REALLY!?!?!?

I bought a OEM knob that came from a M3 and it was a direct plug n play into my car!
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What did you plug it into?
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Im not sure about this, but when i was taking my armrest panel apart, there was a wire for a light. Im pretty sure you can just use that.
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What did you plug it into?
It came with a manual which showed how to install it as well, i believe its off of the same plug that controls the dimmer for your cluster, so you can dim the knob as well!
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propone - yeah, that's what most people wire it to, the ashtray lights / circuit.

soldo - its possible, and would make sense if you look at the connector for it. tapping into any interior light circut (minus the window switches), and headlight switch) will still dim the knob. Is the knob you got possibly wired aftermarket, or were they all like that from the factory? The stock shift knob usually plugs into a connector right under the boot, the wire for it isn't very long usually.
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:35 PM   #11
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Mine was an OEM part, came in the OEM BOX, with the oem part number/sticker still on it.

Yes, the knob pluged into a wire that pluged into the back of the dimmer, and all that came inside the box!

I know that you can easily splice it to other interior wires, but when i had it, it made for a nice clean install, and taking it out was a little tricky, cause i forgot how it was put in, since i did it so long ago, lol!
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Nice! Well I guess it can plug into the dimmer switch too then. ... I wonder if that's a retrofit kit from the dealership? My shiftknob also came from the dealer, but the wire was barely long enough to make it to the dimmer switch. I just got the female parts, soldiered it into another circuit and plugged it in. Worked well till I blew up my shift knob.
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so how do u pull the knob out is th enxty question...
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Old 01-08-2006, 05:50 PM   #14
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put it into 4th gear, and pull straight up. you can pull it up at any time, but in 4th gear there's less of a chance of you sitting the rearview or windshield. (it takes quite a bit of force on some cars, and I know people who have cracked their windshields removing their shift knob on this forum.)
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