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      08-17-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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SAT Gear Selector Switch retrofit DIY

I got the idea from ShawnSheridan's thread found at:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=660759

I really liked the way that the SAT gear selector switch looked compared to the original version that came in my car.

BLUF: The original came out and the SAT version went in and the car works perfectly. In order to get the cluster's gear indicator to display correctly, my car required some coding.

Part Number 61319251190
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...5&fg=15&hl=300

is a plug-and-play (no coding for function and no new plug) replacement for:

Part Number 61319251186
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...5&fg=15&hl=197

Step-by-step:
Tools needed: TORX 20

1) Pry the center console storage release and lock button's cover off with your fingers. Just pull upward.
2) Slowly lift the entire forward center console decorative panel upward from the rear edge. It pivots on the front edge under the center console.
3) When you meet resistance, stop, and look under the panel. You will see two sets of wires which have three attachment points which must be disconnected.
4) The set on the left is detached by pulling the plug towards the rear of the car. The set on the right is detached by a large plug connected to the bottom of the panel, and a small plug half-way down the larger wire set. Remove the larger plug first and that will ease your removal of the smaller plug from the bundle.
5) Remove the four screws holding the gear selector switch trim panel and move the trim panel aside.
6) On the right side of the gear shift module you will see a two-piece white plug which obstructs your access to the front right screw of the gear selector switch. Pull the back half of the plug out of the front half. Now press the small center white spine of the forward plug downward and remove it from the fixture by pulling it forward.
7) Remove the four screws holding the gear selector switch in place.
8) Lift it until you can see the wires and plug on the bottom of the module. Pull the plug from the module. Note that the plug is horizontal, not vertical.
9) Plug the new gear selector switch module in to the car, and button it up.

I started the car and test drove it by trying to do all of the things a gear selector switch normally would do, and I also tried to get it to do things that it shouldn't, like moving from Park into Drive without the unlock button being pressed, or trying to put it into Park at 85 mph (no I didn't just checking to see if you're still awake )

I have not done any coding to get this to work at a functional level. In order to get my car's gear indications to display correctly, I had to code the following:
After injecting CAFD's for EGS and GWS, I FA (VO) replaced 205 with 2TB, then EGS and GWS coded with the new FA (VO).

Prior to the coding, the gear shift indications were:
Drive: D
Sport Auto (shift lever just pushed to left): DS
Sport Manual: M1, M2, M3, etc

After coding, the indications are:
Drive: D
Sport Auto (shift lever just pushed to left): S1, S2, S3, etc.
Sport Manual: M1, M2, M3, etc

Please let me know of any questions that you may have.
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Last edited by MWPos; 08-18-2013 at 07:42 PM. Reason: re-ordered some pitcures
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      08-17-2013, 01:11 AM   #2
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Nice job and good write-up!

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      08-17-2013, 04:05 AM   #3
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Nicely written & detailed. Thanks.

Can you read with esys and share the SVT Actual details for this GWS?
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      08-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #4
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Thank you. The car is a 3/11 build 535i. Here's the GWS tree and some details from the GWS ECU.
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      08-17-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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You do not have a GWS CAFD.

I have only seen this before on M5, which has no CAFD for GWS or EGS.
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Thanks for your help on this Shawn.

After injecting CAFD's for EGS and GWS, FA (VO) 205 replaced with 2TB, then EGS and GWS coded, everything works perfectly and displays as expected.
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Thanks for your help on this Shawn.

After injecting CAFD's for EGS and GWS, FA (VO) 205 replaced with 2TB, then EGS and GWS coded, everything works perfectly and displays as expected.
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      08-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #8
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I like the look of the new one as well
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      08-20-2013, 08:15 PM   #9
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When I saw the side-by-side pictures in Shawn's thread I knew I had to do this. I never would have tried it without Shawn's example and another member's pointer to some eBay auctions in Europe.
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      08-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #10
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Great DIY. Now you can tell what gear you're in when in Sport mode.
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Yes, but I don't have nearly as much fun changing gears as you do!
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would this mod work for the X5? Please let me know if you have any info...

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According to realoem.com (results of the query below) the exact gear selector that I used for my retrofit is NOT usable in the X5. Something similar may be, but mine is not according the realoem.com's report:

Part 61319251190 (Gear selector switch) was found on the following vehicles:

F06: Details on F06
F06 640i Gran Coupé
F06 640iX Gran Coupé
F06 650i Gran Coupé
F06 650iX Gran Coupé

F10: Details on F10
F10 528i Sedan
F10 528iX Sedan
F10 535i Sedan
F10 535iX Sedan
F10 550i Sedan
F10 550iX Sedan
F10 Hybrid 5 Sedan

F12: Details on F12
F12 640i Convertible
F12 640iX Convertible
F12 650i Convertible
F12 650iX Convertible

F13: Details on F13
F13 640i Coupe
F13 640iX Coupe
F13 650i Coupe
F13 650iX Coupe

F25: Details on F25
F25 X3 28iX SUV
F25 X3 35iX SUV
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I have a ceramic SAT gear selector for sale in the classifieds that will fit F10s or 6 series built prior to 03/2012

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anyone knows if there is retrofit shifter out there for X5
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Thanks for the inspiration and DIY instructions! Definitely looks much better.
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Very Nice! Congratulations!

Do you have anything to improve or change in the DIY write-up?
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The hardest part for me was removing/disconnecting the wiring. I ended up using mini screw drivers (http://www.mscdirect.com/product/det...S_010=72883218) to remove the connectors. Other than that, your step by step instructions were perfect.
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Hi everyone,

This is my first post, so forgive me my beginners' questions

Could You please elaborate i little bit on 'injecting CAFs' ? I am able to change FA and do VO coding, but why should I replace CAFs on any of my installed modules? Currently I have collected all required parts (steering wheel with paddles and airbag, SAT gear selector) and I am preparing for this upgrade - however I would like to fully understand each step before I start.

From what I understand, the GWS module is integrated with gear selectors (both the standard one and the new SAT selector), so when I replace the entire gear selector, I will also have the new GWS module installed and connected. Does it need to be coded/flashed anyway?

You also mentioned EGS module - why wouldn't it be enough to simply VO code that module? Is there a different ECU firmware for SAT gearbox? If so, does 'injecting' new CAF in this module in fact change it's firmware? Where should I take this new CAF file from and how would I be able to tell, whether CAF origins from 205 or 2TB gearbox?

Excuse me if any of my questions would be considered stupid As I said, I would really like to understand every step of this retrofit, before I start doing it myself.

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