Paddle Shift Retrofit Harness for BMW
SKU: Paddle Shift
Since we created this conversion kit in 2008 it's allowed enthusiasts to easily add OEM BMW paddle shifters to their E9x E8x BMW that did not come with paddles from the factory. This kit includes a custom time saving plug and play harness which enables factory paddle shift without cutting, splicing, programming, or timely dealership visits. Separately purchase a steering wheel, paddle shifters, and the necessary steering wheel controls (MF buttons) and plug in our harness. It's that simple. The retrofit can be performed with common tools in about 2 hours at home by following our step by step printed install guide. The necessary OEM part numbers for this upgrade are included in the guide. MADE IN USA with OEM BMW connectors.
A BMS Order number is required for all tech support.
2006-2011 BMW 3 Series Sedan E90 E91
2007-2013 BMW 3 Series Coupe E92 E93
2010-2014 BMW X1 E84
the exact vehicles listed above.
Paddle shifters will add more fun, value, and performance to your BMW. Paddles shifters will enhance your driving experience and allow you to safely change gears without your hands ever leaving the steering wheel. Paddles are activated by hitting a paddle in 2007 and newer vehicles. Some pre-2007 models will need to switch the gear shifter into "S" mode to use paddles. The gear you are in is displayed in the instrument cluster. Read our FAQ and install the guide below.
This listing is for the plug & play paddle shift retrofit harness only. In addition to the harness, install guide, and tech support we provide you with the OEM BMW part numbers required to complete the retrofit. You will also need to separately purchase a paddle shift steering wheel (one with cutouts for paddles), the paddle shifters, and the exact steering wheel control module (buttons on the wheel) we list below. (1 QTY.) Steering Wheel Controls/Switch BMW part # 61319123287.
Update 11/28/17: If you use LCI paddles and modify them you may not need part # 61319123287. This only pertains to LCI modified paddles. SSG and E chassis DCT paddles (shown below) will require part # 61319123287.
The cost of the retrofit/upgrade is around $400-$500 USD total if you get everything besides the harness used. eBay has many pre-owned steering wheels with paddles already in them. This listing is for the plug & play harness only.
SSG and E chassis DCT paddles (shown below) will require part # 61319123287 steering wheel controls to work.
PLEASE READ BEFORE ORDERING: In addition to the harness, install guide, and tech support we provide you with the OEM BMW part numbers required to complete the retrofit. After receiving our harness you will also need to separately purchase a paddle shift steering wheel (one with cutouts for paddles), the paddle shifters, and the exact steering wheel control module (buttons on the wheel) we list in the install guide if using E chassis SSG or SMG paddles. We don't sell OEM parts. They must be sourced elsewhere.
Common Tools Needed
- 10mm Wrench/socket to disconnect the battery
- Large flat head screwdriver (center console and steering column cover removal)
- Medium flat head screwdriver (removing the airbag)
- 16mm socket with extension (steering wheel removal)
- Wire coat hanger or equivalent to pull the harness through the dash T20 & T30 torx tools (steering wheel parts)
For Steptronic Automatic Transmissions only. Your shifter must match the above to use our retrofit
Lowest cost option:
LCI Shift Paddles: Advanced Install: (Plug & Play harness, Paddles Require Soldering)
+Up is on the right side & -Down is on the left side of the wheel requires modification to paddles on LCI and NON-LCI vehicles. How to modify LCI BMW paddles. If you use LCI paddles and modify them you wont need part # 61319123287. This only pertains to LCI modified paddles.
SSG (Sport) Shift Paddles (100% Plug & Play)
+Up/ - Downshift is located on both sides of the wheel. Requires part # 61319123287.
M3 DCT Shift Paddles (100% Plug & Play)
+Up is on the right side & -Down is on the left side of the wheel. require part # 61319123287.
What comes in the paddle shift retrofit kit?
This listing is for the plug & play wiring harness only
1.) 1 Qty. Custom plug & play paddle shift conversion harness
2.) Downloadable color install guide (download above for free)
3.) BMS tech support with a valid order number.
I installed everything and the paddles don't work?
You need the (1 QTY.) Steering Wheel Controls/Switch BMW Part # 61319123287 (required for non-LCI paddles) without these the non-lci paddles won't work.
How much is this going to cost me?
That depends on if you get the parts new or used. The lowest it can generally be done for is $400-$500 total.
(1 QTY.) BMS Paddle Shift retrofit harness - $99.00
(1 QTY.) paddle-shift steering wheel (one with cutouts for paddles) $60.00 - $??.??
(1 QTY.) Steering Wheel Controls/Switch BMW Part # 61319123287 $65.00 - $300.00 (required for non-LCI paddles)
(2 QTY.) Paddles - $100 - $500.00 a pair.
Where do I get the other parts from?
Your local BMW dealership parts department, the internet, or BMWpartspros.com will send parts in the USA. ebay.com is also a good worldwide source. Used complete wheels with paddles sell for as little as $200.00 We do not sell OEM parts, they must be purchased separately.
There are many Different paddle-shift BMW Steering Wheels on the market. You will need to source your own steering wheel with the OEM part numbers we provide.
BMW Sport Steering Wheel
BMW M3 Thick Multicolor Stitching Steering Wheel
BMW Performance Steering Wheel
BMW Performance Steering Wheel (Non-Electronic)
BMW M-Tech Thick Perforated Leather Steering Wheel
Custom wheels are also available from other retailers.
Do I have to cut any wires?
No, the unit is plug & play. There are no modifications, messy wiring, cutting, or drilling.
Can I use LCI paddles not shown above? See how to modify LCI BMW paddles to work with our retrofit or other earlier model cars: How to modify LCI BMW paddles