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Old 05-02-2003, 04:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Need help with removing step shifter....

I've tried many ways to remove the shifter and still couldn't figure out a way to pull it out. And I just saw the Trim remove DIY faq from Dan's page. But I'm so dumb still can't remove it. Can anyone kind enough to tell me how? TIA~!!
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Old 05-02-2003, 01:24 PM   #2
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just pull really hard strait up. i had to take mine out to paint it.
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Old 05-02-2003, 02:56 PM   #3
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use both hands and pull straight up really hard. just be careful not hit yourself in the head and also do not twist it while still in place. just pull up
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Old 05-02-2003, 09:33 PM   #4
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I already twisted it and I think something wrong with the shifter cuz it can be turn around now .... I will try pull it harder later on. Thanx alot !
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Old 05-02-2003, 10:24 PM   #5
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I already twisted it and I think something wrong with the shifter cuz it can be turn around now .... I will try pull it harder later on. Thanx alot !
thats why i said dont twist it cuz you will screw up the engraved part that "locks" the knob into place. twisting will open up the engravings and it will spin around.
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Old 05-03-2003, 12:01 PM   #6
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just got my new ACS knob, dealer did the swap for me and I saw how easy it was to pull the old one off. Put the key in to release the lock, shift to D, then grab the knob with both hands, twist it a bit and pull real hard staright upwards...it just poped off...easy as that.

here is a link to my pics
http://www.bmwcarmagazine.com/forum/...TOPIC_ID=10503

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Old 05-04-2003, 05:19 AM   #7
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Finally got my shifter removed and replaced wit a new one. One thing i'm sure is... I messed up my wood shifter...lol The shifter can be spin around like ya said. Anyways, thanks alot for helping me out guys. :3some:
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