recommend letting an independent BMW workshop install your Crystal
products. You can email us at
email@example.com to get directed to suitable workshops in your
area. See also Workshops below.
If you are an experienced
technician or have corresponding skills, you can install the products yourself.
If not, leave it to a workshop.
Instructions& Installation Videos.
All vehicles: Remove center gear console before installation!
All batteries can
The center gear
console must be removed from the vehicle before installing Crystal Gear
Selector/Crystal Gear Shift Knob and
Crystal Multimedia Controller Knob. It is not necessary to disconnect the vehicle batteries
before doing this. This applies to gasoline, mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and
fully electric cars.
Pay specific attention to the position of the ribbon cable
for the gear shift knob and multimedia knob!
The ribbon cable must be in the exact, correct position before
closing the cable lock.
Gear Shift Knob: The cable tabs have to fit
exactly into the connector's cutouts. Multimedia Controller Knob:
The cable has to snap into position, as you push it in.
Warning:If the gear shift knob cable is not in
the correct position when the cable lock is closed, a short circuit can occur in
console when it is reconnected to power. The car cannot
shift gears. It has to be towed to a workshop and have the gear console
replaced. The iDrive
controller can be damaged in a similar way when installing the Crystal
multimedia knob. The iDrive controller has to be replaced.
For installation of the Crystal Start/Stop Button, it's
not necessary to remove the gear console from the car. The Crystal
Volume Button can be installed without removing the audio panel from the
Disassembling the center console
required to remove the gear console from the car. The video for Gear
Shift Knob with Ambient Light below shows how it is done in a X5. For instructions on
how to do it in your car, see links below:
The level of
difficulty for the installation is measured on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is
very easy and 10 is difficult (10 = workshop installation required).
Installation times can be lowered by installing multiple products together.
Crystal Volume Button:
There are two recommended methods for installation:
1. Removing trim ring with pliers and cloth (see video 1). Be very careful when you remove the ring, so you don't dent it. Use a thick piece of cloth and pliers that are not
sharp. Don't press on the pliers too hard, don't pull, just wiggle back and forth
until the ring snaps off.
If the trim ring does not come off: check alternate methods below.
2. Removing OEM button with two screwdrivers and a piece of printer paper (see
video 2). Again, be very careful so you don't dent the trim ring. Folding
the printer paper double for the second screwdriver step is recommended. Other methods: 3) Drill a hole in the OEM button, fasten a screw in the hole
and pull the button out with pliers, or insert a small Allen wrench in the hole
and pull the button out. 4)
method: First heat up OEM button slightly with a hair dryer, then melt end of a
glue stick and attach it to the button. Then hold the trim ring with
pliers/cloth while pulling out the button. 5) Same method, but using sticky
For more info, see Bimmerpost threads on
Multimedia Controller Knob:
Some customers prefer to unplug the ribbon
cable, while others prefer not to. We recommend unplugging it to ensure a safe
U section on the
printed circuit board can break off if the
ring is put in the wrong position. The ring only
fits in one position, with the cutout next to the U section.
When installing the ring, it is important not to use force.
The reason the instructions say to remove both the touchpad surface layer and the adhesive film under is to achieve a tight
fit. If you have a leased car and are concerned about restoring the OEM iDrive
controller, you may want to leave the adhesive film on the printed circuit
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, you can heat up the original start
button slightly with a hairdryer set on Low before attaching the rubber.
Gear Shift Knob: Your BMW was shipped from the
factory with the standard gear shift knob with just one light, in the P button.
Although our product uses the voltage to power also the model logo (the
available voltage to power the P button varies with vehicle and equipment level), it does not
require any programming or coding in the car. It tricks the car into believing
that a standard gear shift knob is installed. Therefore, there will be no issues
caused by future software updates in conjunction with service visits. November 2022: The
mount for the gear shift knob has been redesigned, to improve stability. When
installing the new version, some force needs to be applied when you push down
the gear shift knob into its correct position.