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Old 02-23-2012, 10:25 PM
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X5 4.8is with AMG Paddle Shifters

I know, I know. Mercedes parts on a BMW is blasphemy, but these are very generic looking, so it doesn't bother me.

I wanted paddle shifters. SMG and SSG paddles were going to involve much more cutting than I was comfortable with, so I had to find another route. After some researching, I came across the Mercedes AMG paddle shifters, reasonably priced around $100. They required minimal cutting, were a nice, heavy aluminum, and would wire up just like SMG paddles. I'm very happy with the results. The paddles, slip ring, and parts for the wiring harness, came to about $260 after shipping from ECS. I haven't had a chance to utilize them much since I just installed them today, but everything works well.









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Old 02-23-2012, 10:31 PM
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looks neat, nice work
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:50 PM
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Wow, great job! Do the paddles attach firmly to something metallic in the wheel?

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:13 PM
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looks neat, nice work
Thanks!

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Wow, great job! Do the paddles attach firmly to something metallic in the wheel?

Part numbers?
Thanks. Yeah there is a single screw (not supplied) that attaches each paddle to the steering wheel. I didn't take a picture of it, but if you look at the second photo, I drilled a hole through that exposed metal and used a screw and washer to attach the paddle from the front side.

Sorry for not listing the part numbers, I'm having trouble posting and editing threads, so I wasn't able to add it to the post above, but here are the part numbers for the slip ring and paddles:

AMG Paddles: 1712670046
BMW Slip Ring: 61318379091

I referenced these two threads before tackling the job:

HowTo-> Paddle shifters from Mercedes on a E38 and yes it works! (long)

DIY: Harness for SMG paddle shift retrofit (for steptronic auto) - E46Fanatics

The second thread lists the part numbers you will need for the wiring harness. If you are using the AMG paddles, you will have to get another 2-pin connector to attach the paddles to the slip ring. I didn't get one but had a one lying around that I rigged to work.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:36 AM
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That is killer! Nice work!
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:19 AM
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Looks very nice. hows the clearance from the wiper/turn stalks? Does cleaning the windscreen make you shift up a gear?
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:58 AM
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Nice job!

I have them in my E38. Also put some leds in.



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Old 02-24-2012, 06:44 AM
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Uh ♥ ! Great job!

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:34 PM
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Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.

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Looks very nice. hows the clearance from the wiper/turn stalks? Does cleaning the windscreen make you shift up a gear?
There is about an inch of clearance front to back between the stalk and the paddle, so that is plenty of room. I don't think accidental shifting is likely, especially because the car has to be in S mode for the paddles to do anything.


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Nice job!

I have them in my E38. Also put some leds in.
That looks awesome! If you don't mind I think I might do the same. I even have some amber LEDs laying around. Do you happen to know which wire to tap into in the steering wheel. I imagine it would be the one that lights up the steering control buttons, but I don't know what color that is.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:30 PM
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very nice. Leds are also hot
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