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Old May 23rd, 2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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AT Shift Knob DIY

I have always hated the shift knobs in the accord. They are just awful, tall, bulky, generic looking sticks that ruin an otherwise pleasant interior design sooooo.... Here you go, my DIY for the swap out.


NOTE: The dimensions I provide are for the shift knob shown here ONLY as others I'm sure will vary.


I finally found a knob that I liked, it has good weight, feels solid and apparently is a knock off MOMO lol.



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When it finally arrived in the mail I knew it would require some modification. This is the underside of the top half of the knob. (The sections are threaded and it screws together) The spacer in there is threaded so I had to bore out the threads to let it slide on the screw. I didn't want to just replace it with a washer because the depression is the same as the outside diameter on the shaft of the selector, which was a nice surprise.



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You will need to remove the 2 set screws on the backside of the shifter with a stubby phillips head screwgie. Then just pull gently up on the shift knob. Remove the plunger and its sleeve.



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I found the best possible match at a specialty hardware store. M6x1.00x45 socket head cap screw and replaced the panhead screw supplied with the shifter. This will now act as the plunger.



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Next step was to test fit and get my markings. You'll notice the little nipple sticking up past the shaft, that needs to be cut flush with the shaft as you will have a slight protrusion where the spacer meets the shaft. It is just enough to be able to knock it from N into R but not into P.



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Use a tube cutter or hacksaw to cut the shaft to your desired height. Again, measure 10 times if need be, because you only get one cut.



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I was a bit surprised to find there is an ever so slight taper on the shaft, so I just took a file to the head of the screw and used the piece i just lobbed off as my template on how much to shave. Get some white lithium grease in there to keep friction down.



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Once you know you have clearance on all pieces, reassemble the shift knob with the new filed down screw. The knob's manufacturer also provides some adapter sleeves with it. I found this to be quite handy. I lobbed the bottom off (only one end is open) and slid it down the shaft (tehehe) to act as a trim bezel on it. And then installed the knob and tightened up the set screws. And that was it.



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The dimensions of the shaft are:
Top & Btm OD - 9/16ths or 14.2mm
Top ID - 13/32nds or 10.5mm
Btm ID - 3/8ths or 9.5mm

I cut the stem 1 3/16ths or 30mm from the top and made the cable flush with it
The replacement screw is a socket head cap screw M6x1.00x45 (shaved head)
And the tubing/sleeve you will need is approx 2.5in of ID 9/16in - OD 3/4in
The stock shifter is 19mm OD (where it slides through the plastic gate) which is 3/4in.



Take your time and get your measurements right, and you should have a nice, clean and fairly simple install.


Cheers

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Old May 23rd, 2015, 01:06 PM   #2
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Pretty good write up.



The 6th gen guys used to cut down their auto shifters also!!! We also put shifter boots on them to mimic manuals.
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Old May 23rd, 2015, 01:13 PM   #3
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Thanks man. Ive seen those shift boots and I dont care for them. Eventually I will get a piece of polished aluminum cut to spec and overlay the existing black plastic. Or just buy one if they are being made already lol.
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Where did u find it?
Does it come in diferent colors ?
Thank u
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Old October 4th, 2015, 09:31 PM   #5
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any idea if that rod and connector goes all the way down the length?
Would be interesting to see if it can be much lower.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:26 AM   #6
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Where did u find it?
Does it come in diferent colors ?
Thank u
Ebay. Yeah there are tons of different ones out there. As far as the mechanics of those, I'm not sure. To follow this DIY you will need a similar construction.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 07:32 AM   #7
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any idea if that rod and connector goes all the way down the length?
Would be interesting to see if it can be much lower.
The tube and rod do go all the way to the shift linkage assembly. You probably won't be able to go much lower on it because the degree in the arc of movement from P to 1 is fairly small. So any lower and you will hit the trim plate that surrounds the shifter and might not be able to fully engage P or 1.
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Old October 5th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #8
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No chance you've chased down where this all actually connects to the transmission? been stuck on that one for a while.
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Old October 6th, 2015, 08:47 AM   #9
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No, where it actually connects to the trans is around where the back of the cubby hole is, linked by springs and cables.
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Really... if you happen to chase it down, do update.
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