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Installation of Crystal Series Products.

  •  Tech-savvy users can install the products themselves.
  •  If you are unsure if you can do it, watch the videos and look at the BMW repair manual for your car (see link below).
  •  Let an independent BMW workshop do the job if you think it looks too difficult. See Workshops below.

Installation Videos & Installation Instructions.

WARNING!

  • Gasoline-powered vehicles: Disconnect negative cable for all vehicle batteries before starting installation!

  •  Mild hybrid vehicles: Disconnect negative cable for 48V battery and wait 5 minutes before starting installation! The 12V battery can stay connected. 

  •  Plug-in hybrid vehicles: Remove center gear console and/or iDrive controller before installation! All batteries can stay connected.

What drivetrain does my BMW have?
- If your car is of model year 2021 and has a 6-cylinder engine, it's a mild hybrid.
- If your car has an "e" in the model designation, it's a plug-in hybrid.
- If none of these apply, your car is gasoline-powered.

The indicated batteries must be disconnected before installation of the Crystal Series products. If this is ignored, there is risk of short circuit in the center gear console that may render the car undriveable! There is usually one or two 12V batteries in gasoline-powered BMW models, in the trunk and/or under the hood. The mild hybrid BMW models usually have one 48V battery in the trunk and a 12V battery under the hood. Only the negative cable needs to be disconnected. The positive cable can stay connected. No particular reset procedure is required when reconnecting the cables, but you may have to set the clock and make some minor adjustments.

Link to BMW repair manual ($30 for 1-day access)

To locate the battery/batteries for your specific BMW model/engine version, click the link above and select your BMW model or enter your VIN number. Then click on:
Repair Manuals and Technical Data -->
General vehicle electric system
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Battery
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Disconnecting and connecting battery earth lead

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.

Multimedia Controller Knob

Installation instruction (PDF)
Installation time: 30 min  Difficulty: 3  

Start/Stop Button

Installation instruction (PDF)

Installation time: 15 min  Difficulty: 2 Satisfying result!

Gear Shift Knob

Installation instruction (PDF)

Installation time: 30 min  Difficulty: 3 A short T10 torx hex key is required for the installation.

Volume Button

 
Installation time: 5 min  Difficulty: 1 Completes the cockpit.

Workshops.

If you need help with your installation, we recommend that you contact an independent BMW workshop. There are two Master workshops that are familiar with our products:

West Coast:

Solely Bimmer
23854 Via Fabricante
MIssion Viejo, CA 92691

949-586-4269

East Coast:

Bimmer Hub
45 North Ave E.
Cranford, NJ 07016

908-463-0499

In other areas, search online. Be aware that not all workshops accept third party parts, so you may need to shop around.

Installation Instructions Update.

November 16, 2020: Please ignore printed instructions for Multimedia Controller Knob and follow instructions in link instead!
Some customers think it is easier not to unplug the ribbon cable. We adopted this in the instructions but 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.

Compatibility Update.

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.)