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Old February 16th, 2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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Cool Shift Knob & Boot Conversion on an Auto

Well, my shift knob finally arrived so I've installed it and love the outcome. The quality of it was so much better than I thought. It feels solid and has some weight to it. The OEM 6-speed boot is nice and matches my leather interior perfect. Here are some pictures of the project. I had to make some modifications to the boot because under the shift plate is some plastic used for the shifting mechanism. You'd understand if you take apart that area.

In the near future I will cut down the shift shaft to make it a little shorter. 2001Pitboss has a DIY on how to do that here.

You can find more info on this shifter from this thread.

Here are some pictures of the install.





The two areas circled cause the boot to not fit if the boot is not trimmed down



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Old February 16th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #2
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Nice diy! 6spd shift boot is the best fit/look for shift boot/knob conversion. I want to see the shifter shortened. Get the tsx metal steering wheel controls next.
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Old February 16th, 2005, 04:04 PM   #3
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it works!! in that case, i'm ordering mine within a week. heck yeah!
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Old February 16th, 2005, 06:02 PM   #4
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I'll be shortening up the shifter shaft this weekend. Once you've removed all the pieces around the shifter a few times it becomes second nature. I'll post up a few more pics once I shorten it.
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i looks good but a little too high imo, if you cut it down the shaft, do you have to drill new holes for the screws holding the knob? if not then ill do this mod also, i like the nice clean look.
and how did you remove the plate without scratching it? i looked at mine and it looks like it need a lot of presure to pry it open.

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Old February 17th, 2005, 06:29 AM   #6
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i looks good but a little too high imo, if you cut it down the shaft, do you have to drill new holes for the screws holding the knob? if not then ill do this mod also, i like the nice clean look.
and how did you remove the plate without scratching it? i looked at mine and it looks like it need a lot of presure to pry it open.
It is too high IMO too. Neither the OEM shifter or this new one are screwed into the shaft. They are only held on by set screws (they merely screw in until making contact with the shifter shaft). You could even go back to OEM later on by trimming down the OEM shift knob if you wanted to. I'd recommend this mod to anyone. It gives the interior a sportier, cleaner look IMO. Good luck with it


EDIT: About not scratching the cup holder plate....I just used some paper towels to place under the screw driver and at the tip of the flathead. I covered the end of the flathead screwdriver and pried the cover off. Be sure to cover the fulcrum point with paper towel too.

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Sweet DIY man.. I love the look... alot better than the stock auto setup. Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as you on that one.. where'd u get that shift knob and boot again? I think I might be on the boat with this one as well
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Old February 17th, 2005, 08:40 AM   #8
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Sweet DIY man.. I love the look... alot better than the stock auto setup. Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as you on that one.. where'd u get that shift knob and boot again? I think I might be on the boat with this one as well
http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...X/appId-579985

This place and every other place I tried to order from was back ordered. It was estimated to ship February 1st, then they told me February 24, but I recieved an email two days ago that it shipped out. I'm sure everyone is beginning to get them in stock now.

Again, it feels to be made of high qualilty materials. It's not light and cheap feeling like I thought it may be.
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http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...X/appId-579985

This place and every other place I tried to order from was back ordered. It was estimated to ship February 1st, then they told me February 24, but I recieved an email two days ago that it shipped out. I'm sure everyone is beginning to get them in stock now.

Again, it feels to be made of high qualilty materials. It's not light and cheap feeling like I thought it may be.

Looks great!!!

Dang it, now I gotta add a new item to my wish list.
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Old February 17th, 2005, 09:05 AM   #10
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Thanks fellas...I agree, much improved over the stock look.
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i was the one who found it! me! </selfish rant>
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Old February 17th, 2005, 10:14 AM   #12
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i was the one who found it! me! </selfish rant>







J/K Yeah, thanks to deuzez for finding this knob. I had never heard of that brand before.
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Old February 17th, 2005, 10:50 AM   #13
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J/K Yeah, thanks to deuzez for finding this knob. I had never heard of that brand before.

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Yo how hard would it be to trim the shifter down?
Im not the best DIY person but ive done some odds and ends..
I dont want to chop off to much or cut it uneven and fuq it up..
But that setup def looks pimp
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mine are purchased as of two minutes ago!

edit: yay, it says it's in stock!

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mine are purchased as of two minutes ago!

edit: yay, it says it's in stock!
Just purchased mine as well... can't wait to do this mod.. get rid of that damn stock shifter!
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Old February 18th, 2005, 07:15 AM   #16
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Sounds good guys, I'll post pictures of this weekend after I shorten the shifter.
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Old February 20th, 2005, 09:18 AM   #17
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As promised, here are some pictures after I shortened up the shifter yesterday afternoon. As you can see from the pictures, I took the metal piece that is used to cover the set screws and used it to hold the boot in plate around the shaft. I originally came with a plastic and rubber pieced but I cut that out and have the boot end "stuffed" into the silver piece from the first pic. I'll post a picture of how much I cut off later on tonight.

This looks awesome now!! I'm stunned it came out this great. The fitment, styling, and rigidity are all on par for my standards.

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beautiful! what'd you cut the shaft with?
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Old February 20th, 2005, 09:32 AM   #19
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beautiful! what'd you cut the shaft with?
I thought you'd like that my friend.

I used an $8 tubing cutter (found in the plumbing section at your neighborhood Wally World) and a pair of cutting pliers (or snips). I'll take a pic tonight of the amount of tubing that I cut. I think it was about 1.5 - 1.75 inches.
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so i notice you have the armrest slid all the way forward, exactly like i like it. now does your arm have to bend down in a weird way to get to the shifter? like if you shift down into first? oh right, you might not do that....
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so i notice you have the armrest slid all the way forward, exactly like i like it. now does your arm have to bend down in a weird way to get to the shifter? like if you shift down into first? oh right, you might not do that....
Absolutely not, there's no awkward positions caused by it at all. Personally, I never used first or second, but you would have no problems at all if you wanted to.

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im sold!
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Looks alot better with it cut. I have my shift knob being shipped.. just have to get my hands on the 6-speed shift boot. I wish Hardtopguy would get back to me!
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Neat mod. Very well done DIY. I'm gonna have to do this. Does anyone know if there is a different color boot? I have the san Marino Red/ Ivory interior. Is the gray universal or do I have an option? I will make the gray work if necessary. Kudos KramerK2!
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Neat mod. Very well done DIY. I'm gonna have to do this. Does anyone know if there is a different color boot? I have the san Marino Red/ Ivory interior. Is the gray universal or do I have an option? I will make the gray work if necessary. Kudos KramerK2!
Thank you kindly! I don't know the configuration in 6-speed Red coupes, but if the boot is ivory from the factory then you can order it from Hardtopguy. That site I ordered my knob from also has different colors available. Check out their site HERE.
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Love it even more shortened. Is the push button quiet when pressed? I had the momo and razo before and it was clicking which was annoying. I like how oem is quiet when pressed.
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Love it even more shortened. Is the push button quiet when pressed? I had the momo and razo before and it was clicking which was annoying. I like how oem is quiet when pressed.
Yeah, the button is quiet when pressed. There are minimal parts in the knob. No complaints whatsoever.
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I'll be shortening up the shifter shaft this weekend. Once you've removed all the pieces around the shifter a few times it becomes second nature. I'll post up a few more pics once I shorten it.

Did you get the boot from hardtopguys ?
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Did you get the boot from hardtopguys ?
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