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Old 05-21-2013, 11:15 PM   #1
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DIY - Steptronic shift boot swap

A while ago I did this.... I'm sure I'm not the first to post this, but I really like how it turned out.

This is not a traditional DIY but it is a very straight forward application.

For step / auto:

*Remove the plate that the small auto boot is attached to:




*Remove wafer with LEDs under (p,r,n,dr,etc...)

*Plug the wire into loose wafer so that no errors

*Bury the active LED wafer and plug in the gear shift well

*Replace plate & boot: with larger stick / manual shift boot:







Result:




Looks better IMO , and you can still see what gear you are in in the dash display
(see Sig)
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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DIY - Steptronic shift boot swap

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Originally Posted by Bimmer4Lyfe View Post
A while ago I did this.... I'm sure I'm not the first to post this, but I really like how it turned out.

This is not a traditional DIY but it is a very straight forward application.

For step / auto:

*Remove the plate that the small auto boot is attached to:




*Remove wafer with LEDs under (p,r,n,dr,etc...)

*Plug the wire into loose wafer so that no errors

*Bury the active LED wafer and plug in the gear shift well

*Replace plate & boot: with larger stick / manual shift boot:







Result:




Looks better IMO , and you can still see what gear you are in in the dash display
(see Sig)
That's badass! I'm def doing this! Thanks for the post.


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Old 06-02-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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DIY - Steptronic shift boot swap

Did you just use an e46 manual shift boot?


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Old 06-07-2013, 02:19 AM   #5
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Did you just use an e46 manual shift boot?


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Old 06-07-2013, 02:37 AM   #6
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very nice looking mod bro

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Old 06-07-2013, 02:40 AM   #7
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