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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
What you need: Torx bits for screwdriver, measuring tape, hack saw, leather shift boot, and scissors.

1.Remove old shift knob. It is held in place with a torx screw. (Don’t strip it, I did and had to drill the screw out. Talk about a pain!)

2.Then you will have to pull up on the shifter. You have to pull hard, and it is likely that you will break the overdrive wires. I think it is easier to just cut them, you can always mount a switch later. Be sure that overdrive was on last time you shut it off. If you mess up, you can change it just by touching the two wires ends together while the battery is on.

3.Once you have the shift knob off you will see a silver shaft. Inside of it is a white plastic stick. That is the stick that depresses the brake release. Don’t break it!

4.Get your custom shift knob and place it on top of the silver shaft. If you want it to be short, and sit right in the shift box, you will need to shorten the silver shaft. Measure how much will need to be cut.

5.Remove the plastic stick that releases the brake. Take out the hacksaw and cut the silver shaft. It only takes about 20 seconds to cut through.

6.You will also need to cut the plastic brake releaser to fit with your shifter. It may take some adjusting and playing with. (Don’t worry about messing up. I did, and found out that a Bic pen tube will work just as well as the brake depressor if necessary.)

7.Now, if you want a leather shift boot, you should remove the dash. Including the entire console area. There are many how to docs for doing that. But, if you are intimidated it is not necessary for this mod. But it does make it a lot easier. If you decide not to, you should finish the mod without a shift boot, or it will be very difficult.

8.I removed the plastic sliding cover that sits in the right opening of the shift cover. It’s the thing that goes around the bottom of the silver shaft. It needs to be removed if you are going to put a shift boot in its place. You can cut it out with some scissors. You may be able to cut your shift boot and wedge it in without removing the sliding cover. (If you remove the entire plastic sliding cover, including the middle piece, you will no longer have the orange marker that lets you know what gear you are in. If you don’t like the sound of that, then finish the mod without a shift boot. It still looks good. I posted a pic.)

9.Then just stick the leather shift boot in. If you removed the dash, you can put it over the gearbox and pull it through the opening. If you removed the dash this mod is much easier.

10.Attach the new shift knob and you are finished.

11.Questions, comments, e-mail me --- [email protected]
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
I got the shift boot from AutoToyStore.com and I got the shift knob from a custom car shop called AE Performace.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Can you use any type of shift knob, or does it have to be an automatic shift knob? Also,how do you switch gears, does the knob depress down or does it just slide back? Any information would be helpful, and I definitely plan on doing this mod :)
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
To change gears with my knob, you depress the knob, and then slide back and forward through gears. You can use any shift knob, provided it can in some way depress the brake release. So, the knob itself can depress, or there can be a botton or something that depresses the brake release for you.

Most likely you will have to get a ATX shift knob. The MTX shift knobs are not made to move or depress in any way.

Let me know if you need more info.
 

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I used a zip tie to tie down the brake release lever so I could shift the car into N without turning the key to the 'On' position and without pressing the brake. This way I could get to my CD's under the player when I'm parked.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I went to the local shops around here (of course all they stock is import stuff, I'm like I got a cougar, and they go "a what?")

anyways, I went to look for a shift knob to do this mod on the weekend, problem is when I asked if it could fit my car, they said that the shaft might be too big or what not. I was looking at some Razo ones that looked pretty nice, they had the depress thing built in.

but ya, so you think those Razo shift knobs would fit? I kinda dont have the option of buying it and then returning it if it doesnt :(
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Check this site:
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I bought the RZ auto knob, works perfectly. All of the shift knobs should be fine as long as it is specified for an ATX.
Sorry, no pics yet.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
you sure all ATX shift knobs would fit right? is the shaft head like universal that all knobs have the same size, thread... so on?

I dunno, I guess I'll go pick up that Razo one I really liked.. hmph.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Depending on the shift knob you may need to shorten the length of the shaft. That is what I did, and it is not hard. I agree, any ATX shift knob will work, you just might have to shorten the shaft to make it look right.
 
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hey dude, wanted to thank you for the tutorial :)

went out on a limb and just bought the damn thing... heheh, but ya, just found out it was held by torx screws and werent screwed on like manual shift knobs, anyways, heres the pic... please ignore the wires extruding, I haven't gotten a chance to relocated a button for the overdrive :tongue:

once again, thanks!
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Any one done this with a MTX?

Id like to see pics

VonHugenstine - That Looks sweet as S#$%!!!!!!!!

Doug
 

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Hey Von.....can you just come over and do mine for me......I have BEER!!!!
 
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I dont got traction control, so Im gonna put mine there... I went to Mercury and ordered the traction control button :) should be in next week hopefully.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
An easy place to relocate the Odrive switch is on the side of the console, just to the right of the drivers seat. Just buy a switch plate you can mount to the console, then cut a hole in the console to allow the switch button to fit through.

But you can mount it a lot of places, since it is a simple on off switch. If you never use it, just leave it in the console.

--I would be happy to help anyone out with this mod. It is not too hard, and I think it makes a big difference in appearance. If you live around Illinois, and supply some beer, consider it done.
 
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