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Old 05-05-2015, 01:05 PM
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Change Shift Knob?

My shift boot and the actual rubber on the shift knob itself are starting to rip. Im wondering if i can change it out for an aftermarket shift knob. I founf a nice wood grain one i would like to use. Is there any special kind of shift knob i have to use? Also what is the easiest wayof getting mine off?

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Old 05-05-2015, 01:08 PM
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The knob is molded into the steel shaft, which I believe is then screwed into the transmission. You can get it out from the topside pretty easily, just take off the trim and look for how it's threaded in there.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:13 PM
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So instead of changing just the shift knob you change the whole shaft?
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:14 PM
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What kind of shift knob would fit I have no idea.

How to get it off, I might know:

1) Peel off the boot from the knob a little. Under the shift knob there's a nut. Unscrew it (clock wise, it's upside down)
2) After the screw comes out you can unscrew the shift knob by turning it counter clock wise.
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:06 PM
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I found a shift knob I liked and cut the old knob off and epoxied the new one on. I tried one of the wooden eBay ones but it started cracking and looking funky within a year or so. Not a whole lot of other options.

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