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Old 10-11-2006, 04:25 PM
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I finally decided I'm tired of my stock shift knob getting all yellow and old looking. I could probably get a new rubber insert made, but I think I just want a new knob.

I've heard nothing but good things about the Whalen, and even at it's high price, people still swear by it. It's got a nice weight to it, which I've been told is an advantage, and that makes sense to me.

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I also checked out the RSpeed knob, but their site says it weighs .32 oz., which seems like a typo to me. I can't seem to find any other info on it, but at half the price of the Whalen, it seems like it might be a good option. Also, it's very vague about the fitment. It says it will fit with the "correct BMW insert", so that's a bit confusing, because I'm not sure if that means it comes with it, or if I already have it inside my stock shift knob, or if it has to be purchased as well.

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Anyway, what do you guys use if you use an aftermarket shift knob?
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:31 PM
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:33 PM
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Ok, so I just got off the phone with RSpeed... They said that it will come out of the box ready to fit onto the stock shifter.

Also, the .32 oz. weight on their site is not a typo. It actually weighs .32 oz. and the Whalen weighs 18 oz. That seems like a drastic difference. I know the RSpeed is made out of Aluminum, so I assume that the Whalen is stainless.
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:33 PM
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Cool. How much does the UUC weigh? At $99, it's a little cheaper than the Whalen, so that's nice.

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Old 10-11-2006, 04:42 PM
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Someone on NAM asked me the same thing the other day... I think it's around 18oz. It's hefty. I don't have a scale to measure. That guy said he couldn't find a weight on it online anywhere though and I don't remember exactly. I'm almost positive it's 18 oz like the Whalen.

To me the Whalen seem small in your hand. Especially compared to stock. The UUC is taller than stock but not so much skinnier than stock. The UUC goes good with a short shifter becasue of the increased height.
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:43 PM
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Cool. I would believe that it's about the same weight, because overall, it's about the same size as the Whalen, and they're both stainless steel.

How much taller than stock is it?
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My next internal mod will be the Whalen.
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I love your set up. I cant -->| |<-- close to getting it last week. But some thing inside me told me not to because I would have to use that money to fix two bent wheels.

but its still on my list to get
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I'm gonna be in the market for a new shift knob soon....my oem one has a crack in it and it burns my hand in the summer.....besides the Whalen what other aftermarket shift knob option do we have.....?
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:11 PM
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I'm gonna be in the market for a new shift knob soon....my oem one has a crack in it and it burns my hand in the summer.....besides the Whalen what other aftermarket shift knob option do we have.....?
I had a MOMO on my last Cooper. I got it off of ebay for less than $80 shipped and it was a pretty heavy knob.

It was really nice and even better with an adjustment to the OEM shaft:

The poblem that I had with the MOMO was getting it down below the little plastic neck stopper. Pictured below is not my knob, but shows the problem. It was keeping the MOMO about 3/8" to 1/2" higher than the stock knob.

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With a file, a hack saw and a little elbow grease, I was able to get rid of the problem.

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Old 10-11-2006, 06:12 PM
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Basically, the way I see it, the RSpeed is out, because it's really, really light.

I think the Whalen and UUC are the main competitors.

Dick... Have you felt the Whalen in person? What did you think?
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Cool. I would believe that it's about the same weight, because overall, it's about the same size as the Whalen, and they're both stainless steel.

How much taller than stock is it?
1/4 to 1/2 inch. I put them side byside one day. I think it makes it look a lot taller tahn it is casue of the shape.
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Interesting... The UUC makes it a bit higher than stock, while the Whalen makes it a bit lower.
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already posted twice before, but hey, it's nice... whalen will get hot in summer but it makes for even quicker shifts

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