improves on every single aspect of the BMW lever. First we eliminate any
possible source of breakage by eliminating all welds. We start with a
38mm steel bar and carve the inner lever out of it. The pivot ball and
bushing housing are now structural member of the shift linkage and the
shifting stress does not go through the welds. The added advantage of
this method is also that the pivot ball is also made of steel and will
not wear as it rotates inside the hard plastic bushing.
bend the inner lever to the proper angles essentially mirroring the BMW
lever. The objective is of course to position the shift knob in its
original location. Sometimes we will customize the bends slightly
increasing or decreasing one or both bends and changing the position of
the shift knob to the driver's liking. Interestingly we are to our
knowledge the only company that actually bends the lever along both the
front/back and the left/right planes. This double bend can be found in
all our levers even in our budget line.
add the anti rotation tabs and compression washer. The inner lever is
now ready to be heat treated, plated and assembled to the outer lever
the outer lever is also carved from a 6061 T6 heat-treated aluminum bar.
The outer lever length at 150mm is slightly shorter than most BMW levers
and is the product of 15 years of experience. Several lengths were tried
over the years. We tried a 135mm, a 179mm and a 157mm length. Both the
179 and 135 length were rejected with the 135 being too short for proper
ergonomics and the 179 being not very versatile. The 157mm length turned
out almost ideal. We shortened it to 150mm to increase its versatility
when using the pivot-raising adapter.