Installation of Crystal Series Products.
Installation Videos & Installation Instructions.
all affected components must be OFF when installing gear shift knob and
multimedia controller knob.
Both methods have their merits:
What drivetrain does my BMW have?
Printed installation instructions are provided with the products. The latest electronic versions can be downloaded below. The level of difficulty for the installation is measured on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is very easy and 5 is more difficult.
If you need help with your installation, contact an independent BMW workshop. There are two Master workshops that are familiar with our products:
In other areas, search online. Be aware that not all workshops accept third party parts, so you may need to shop around.
Installation Instructions Updates.
December 17, 2021:
There are now two recommended methods for
installing the Crystal Volume Button:
October 3, 2021:
of the Crystal Gear Shift Knob:
If the vehicle cannot shift into gear after installation, a short
circuit in the gear shift module under the gear shift knob has occurred.
Our Crystal gear shift knob does not cause this.
There are three possible reasons for this malfunction:
February 17, 2021: Installation instructions for mild hybrids: The 12V battery is a conventional battery in the trunk; the 48V battery is a lithium-ion battery under the hood.
January 29, 2021: Installation instruction (PDF) for the Crystal Volume Button is now available online.
January 28, 2021: The instructions for the Multimedia Controller Knob have been updated. When installing the transparent ring, it is important not to use force. The ring only fits in one position.
December 17, 2020: The Gear Shift Knob has been redesigned. The original version had a brass coil which was used together with 2 Allen screws to fasten the gear shift knob to the gear shift rod. The new version does not have a brass coil. Instead, BMW:s OEM T10 torx screw is used to attach the gear shift knob to the shift rod.
December 16, 2020: The instructions for the Multimedia Controller Knob have been updated. Some customers prefer to unplug the ribbon cable, while others prefer not to. It is up to the installer to decide what works best. The reason the instructions say to remove not just the touchpad surface layer but also the adhesive film under is to achieve a tight fit. If you have a leased car and are concerned about restoring the iDrive controller, you may want to leave the adhesive film on the printed circuit board.
November 16, 2020: Recommendations from the manufacturer detail that vehicle batteries must be disconnected before installation of all Crystal Series products, not just the Crystal Gear Shift Knob. Exception: plug-in hybrid models.
August 28, 2020: When installing the Start/Stop Button, it is recommended that you let the sticky rubber set for about 5 minutes after you have attached and formed it, before trying to pull out the original start button. This will make the material stronger. If this does not work either, you can heat up the original start button slightly with a hairdryer set on Low before attaching the rubber.
August 28, 2020: Gear Shift Knob lights. Your BMW was shipped from the factory with the base gear lever with just one light (the P button). Our product uses the available voltage primarily to power the model logo with a bright white light. The remainder is used for the P button. It will light up with an amber light. The intensity will depend on model and equipment level. (If you were to install BMW:s crystal gear shift knob, only the P button would light up, not the model logo. This could be fixed with a change of coding in the car, but it would be vulnerable during future software updates.)