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    X9 vs X5 shifters?

    Recently I had to replace my X5 rear D, so I decided to upgrade to an X9 rear d. I still have the X5 shifters, So my question is will there be a difference in the way the x9 remote feels/shifts? Or is the main difference just weight?

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    You would feel a difference, especially with 2012/2013 models as they now use bearings instead of bushings in the pivot points. The controls have more metal, at least the main lever is aluminum. If you have the spare cash and are inclined, go for it. Many will say ride the X-5 til it breaks then upgrade, I have been know to do both depending on the situation. In general X-9 will "feel" nicer, more positive, but in the end, both shift the gears.

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    The shifters are whats mainly responsible for feel imo. more expensive = better feel. that being said I was very happy with my 2008 x7 shifters. they felt really nice I think. I tried a x5 shifter from2007 or so and it was alot more flexier and mushier, all plastic, seemed to be very low quality compared to my x7. Probably that step is the biggest x5-x7. x9 is high end and x0 and x11 and such is just more bling.
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