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Old 06-02-2007, 04:28 AM
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Need a shift knob replacement

I just installed a Kenwood KDCX969 deck into my 83 240D (after a wiring nightmare) and to my dismay, the extended pop-out controls barely graze the shift knob when in park. Extends like this for reference:


So the only fix for this is replacing the shift knob with something more low profile that doesn't have the bulge out (in the direction of the engine)

Anyone know of a replacement that doesn't stick out as much?
I know on W123s the knob is integral to the whole rod so I guess I have to replace the whole thing; same question applies though
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Old 06-02-2007, 06:34 AM
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Put the car in Neutral and use the parking brake...
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Old 06-02-2007, 02:48 PM
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That can't be good on the transmission, can it?
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:00 PM
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Should be better for it actually. Too many people use park as a parking brake.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:13 AM
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Well I always use the parking brake and understand the damage of letting the car roll in park

I just didn't think it was good to start the car in anything besides park




Does anyone have any alternative shifter options just so its out there as something else to try?
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:18 AM
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You don't need a different shift knob, you need a different radio.....
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:19 AM
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The transmission isn't a kickstand.

How about bending the rod so it tilts back a bit?

Park is the same function as neutral, the only difference is it engages the parking pawl in the tailhousing.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:25 AM
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You don't need a different shift knob, you need a different radio.....
I don't think you understand how awesome this radio is



Bending the rod is an interesting idea. Seems like a good deal of force would be necessary to bend it into shape. Any suggestions on how to go about this? I think Ill test it on a junkyard find
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:28 AM
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Put the shifter rod in a vice and pull on it or use a small pipe over the other end and pull.
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Old 06-03-2007, 12:29 AM
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Clamp in vice and buy your most muscle bound friend a beer.
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