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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby Yoshi » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:54 pm

blasphemy101 wrote:Gotcha - The INTEREST is there, but I'm not sure the money is.


+1. I'm waiting on medical bills for my recent eye burning. Should be fun.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:20 pm

So you're just talking about a rod with a blind hole on one end with a thread on the other?
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:21 pm

I want to make these for people, but what ARE you willing to pay for a sweet knob. I can do S.S. as well if you want a shorter, yet equal weighted knob.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby blasphemy101 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:21 pm

ten2doyle102 wrote:So you're just talking about a rod with a blind hole on one end with a thread on the other?


Basically. The shift knob in my S2000 cost $50-60. That price point would be good, but I know this isn't going to be a mass-produced piece.

I was trying to think of a way to get the cost down while achieving the desired results. It sounds like Tony is trying to achieve the affect of a shifter like this. It could also be threaded to a pitch common on other makes. Knobs for BMW tend to be OEM (too light IMHO) or expensive. I found an extender/knob combo for an E46 priced at $315!

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I seriously like the shape of the shift knob he designed, but I think it may be better suited to a slightly over-sized/weighted knob. If that render is to scale, that knob is going to be pretty big, which might be cool or might be overkill. On the other hand, it could double as a self-defense weapon...

Come to think of it, I don't know of many (any) weighted shift knobs for the E30. The stock one is super light, and all the other ones I see make their lightness a selling point, which seems silly to me. It might be something worth looking in to, but most people are going to want that standard or slightly-oversized knob, not the hammer.

Example - this is the knob I have in my s2000. It's a similar shape, and I love it. However, I don't think it needs to be any bigger.

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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby M20_fever » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:22 pm

I designed this for my application and thought it would be nice to offer it up for everyone. With that said, I don't mind altering the design a bit, but in the end I want one for me, lol. My car has a z3 1.9 shifter which is MUCH shorter than stock which you can kinda see in this pic:

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So the one I designed is the same major OD as the knob in that pic, just 3" taller which would put it just a bit taller than the stock early model shifters, which I liked better than the stock one from my late model. Combined with the extra weight, I think it will feel awesome.

Early shifter I liked:
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Also, there are several weighted shifters for E30s (BMWs in general) but they all run $95-100+.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby blasphemy101 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:39 am

D'oh! I wasn't thinking about how far down the knob has to fit on the shifter... The threaded Honda knobs are generally much less countersunk, so I was thinking of 6" on top of my early model shifter.

Height-wise I think it will be fine. In terms of looks, I still think it might wind up looking seriously big.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:10 pm

I know Tony, I am just wondering if I get 9 other shorter ones and then the one you want, maybe the cost can still be lower. Naw men?
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby M20_fever » Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:06 pm

can you do that? I thought the cost saving was in setup time. I have no problem changing the design to fit community want, I just need to know what they want, lol.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:21 pm

Yes, I would make the profile the same between them all, the only difference is the mounting. It was a thought. :)
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby M20_fever » Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:57 pm

well I've gotten zero feedback from the other forums, so I'm assuming nobody is ibterested. lol.
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:11 am

I guess not... Unless it's just cause its so tall?
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:05 pm

no idea, no feedback...if people would criticize it I could make changes...
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:51 pm

Do you want me to just have the one made? Maybe so people can see a finished product???
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby M20_fever » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:43 pm

I'm working on getting a rapid prototype made on a 3d printer to show its size and fitment, stay tuned!
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Re: Feeler: Billet aluminum shifter

Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:37 pm

LOL! Awesome!!! :) I love those machines...:)
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