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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 07-02-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Storm Motorwerks V1 shift knob

Hey guys, thought I'd throw up a review of the new shift knob I just picked up from Bilal @ Storm Motorwerks. A titanium finish V1.

They have just started putting out a new engraved M symbol option that doesn't show up on the website yet. It's weighted (500g) and helps to smooth out/ease shifting a lot.

Aesthetically, I love it, it looks and feels great in the hand. Performance-wise I am just amazed.

First off let me say that my shift linkage is screwed, it's well worn and you can feel it. I have at least an inch of play even when it's in gear so I wasn't expecting much of a change in feel, but it has noticeably smoothed out the shifting action. Notchiness is basically gone and the gears engage much smoother.

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Maybe not the most important, but I always enjoy when products come in nice packaging.

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It's secured with 2 allen set screws, key included in the packaging.

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The inside is machined straight for a good fit.

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Here you can see it's very close to the size of the BMW lever. I think it could be just a little bit tighter, there is just a little bit of wiggle room before it's been tightened down, once tightened down it doesn't move at all.

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Here is where I cut the boot from the original shift knob, if I could go back and do it over I would cut more of the leather off further up the knob. I find that the boot is a little tighter than I want it to be if it's in 5th or 6th, but it's not a major difference. The leather is also narrower and thinner where it has been stretched over the knob, which would make for a better look when it's been zip tied to the lever.

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And the finished product.

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For the people concerned about how hot the knob can get while the car is parked, Storm has a cover you can purchase to go with the knob. Note that the logo comes in the brown colour, the white is an older version they don't have anymore. I think it's a good idea but I'd rather make myself a cover for it that isn't form fitted black leather (sort of defeats the purpose of keeping it cool I think).

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Old 07-03-2014, 06:46 AM   #2
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Ya know I was just looking at picking this one up. The reviews echo what you said. This might have just sold me. Looks like its allen screw secured. Im always hesitant with that. hows the fit?
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:13 AM   #3
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It looks beautiful. My only concern (and I voice this because I had an aluminum shift knob in another car many years ago) is that metal knobs can get hotter than Hades if they sit in the sun for any length of time.
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Ya know I was just looking at picking this one up. The reviews echo what you said. This might have just sold me. Looks like its allen screw secured. Im always hesitant with that. hows the fit?
The allen screws only stop it from sliding up and down/left to right, it's internally machined to fit the bmw lever and fits on perfectly.

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Thanks. It can get super hot, but as long it's not getting direct sun it hasn't bothered me so far, certainly no worse than the steering wheel.
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Ordered Asked for the M logo in the note. Lets see what happens
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Good find, even though all my shift linkage is new & up to date (Rogue) I can totally see this as being a performance upgrade, it weighs about 1.1 lbs. That should make shifting feel much better.


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Ordered Asked for the M logo in the note. Lets see what happens
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Good find, even though all my shift linkage is new & up to date (Rogue) I can totally see this as being a performance upgrade, it weighs about 1.1 lbs. That should make shifting feel much better.

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It sure does, even with my shift linkage near the end of it's life. As far as I know, it should make an even bigger difference in the effort required on an SSK compared to stock.
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First post updated with better pics/details answering the questions I've been getting.
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Nice! How're you liking the feel?
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Nice! How're you liking the feel?
Its super nice. I was def surprised by how heavy this was! I actually opened the box and tried to just pull the knob out with minimal effort and couldnt even pick it up being so unprepared. I have so much play in my shifter that in N the shifter almost swings like a damn pendulum. haha
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Exactly how mine feels lol.. Just waiting on another Autosolutions group buy.
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I used to have a Ti knob on my other car. I hated it in the winter but hated it even more in the summer. Yes you can get a cover for it, but that just defeats the purpose. Always went back to a leather/OEM knob.
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