We're jumping ahead a bit now to a job I've only just done, but in the interest of updating on the gearstick all in one go...
I'd picked up a really nice gear knob from a chappy in the States (via Etsy
). It's a lovely piece of work, but being for an automatic it's quite lightweight. Having replaced the weighted gear knob for the original Getrag 'box I know how much a little bit of heft really helps a gear change feel nice. So, I found a sheet of lead and got snipping
I snipped up lots of little squares of lead and dropped them down the threaded section into the void behind it. There wasn't much space, but enough to add a bit of weight. It ended up at 85g once I'd poured some 2k gloss down to bind everything together. Doesn't sound like much, but in the hand it feels a appreciably heavier.
Next up was to chop off the M14-ish thread on the BMW gear stick and drill/tap an M8 thread for a stud to screw the Jag gear knob onto.
et voila! Looks the business I think