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Old 02-17-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
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Replace that nasty mushroom shifter!

If you have a 5 speed and want a newer style shifter, here's one on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Porsche-986-Boxster-99-05-Shifter_W0QQitemZ8039786244QQcategoryZ33703QQssPag eNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I got one and love it. Much better than that ugly round one that came on older boxsters.

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Old 02-18-2006, 12:41 AM   #2
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That would be nice but I think alot of people forget about the aluminuim knob route. I have it and other Boxster owners asked if it was aftermarket because they havent seen it before. It can be had for a low price from a junkyard,I bought my matching aluminuim knob and hand brake for $75 including shipping. Just a thought. Sorry about the low quality pic but you get a idea.
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Old 02-18-2006, 07:17 PM   #3
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purty nice Blinkwatt!

try some Klasse VLRP on your black plastic
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and keep an eye out for polished gauge rings on ebay, they'll go nicely with your ebrake and shift knob.
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So let me get this straight Perfectlap...are you telling Blinkwatt that he needs to polish his knob?
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Anyone know what the thread is on the shift knob?
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Old 03-02-2006, 03:15 PM   #6
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Anyone know what the thread is on the shift knob?

denverpete, it might not be a threaded fitment, I think it is a compression/friction fitment.
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denverpete, it might not be a threaded fitment, I think it is a compression/friction fitment.
Ahhh. I guess I assumed it was threaded - but a compression fit would make some sense. Provided it was somehow pinned.

I was just thinking about possibly designing and having a custom aluminum knob CNC'd. Guess I should take mine off before doing that.
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There are some good postings here on how to remove the shift knob. The approach can be summed-up as the "John Daley" method...grip it and rip it"!
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There are some good postings here on how to remove the shift knob. The approach can be summed-up as the "John Daley" method...grip it and rip it"!
Hi,

Actually, that is not at all the Proper Method to remove the Shift Knob.

The Proper method to remove the Shift Knob is to pry the Shift Boot and Frame off of the Center Console. Then, you pull the Shift Boot over the Shift Knob. This reveals a 5mm Allen Set Screw which you loosen and the Shift Knob will slide right off. Installation is the reverse.

If you're doin' the John Daley, you're messin' it up! Hope this helps...

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Jim's right. My attepmt at humor my have been misleading. Sorry.
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Jim, my MY97 had no set screw. You really do just unclip the base and yank straight up! I imagine some model years have the set screw, but mine doesn't.
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Jim, my MY97 had no set screw. You really do just unclip the base and yank straight up! I imagine some model years have the set screw, but mine doesn't.

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Just quoting from the Dealer's Service Manual - no Model Year Specificity noted...

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Here is a copy of the more serious posting I gave to Blinkwatt a few months ago:


"To remove the boot and knob you would first have to pry gentle up on the bottom edge of it. The bottom of the boot is snapped into the console. Next lift the boot over the knob to expose the back of the shift knob. Should there be a 5mm Allen loosen it and then just lift the knob off of the shaft. All other manual shift knobs without the 5mm Allen are simply pushed on and require more lifting force to be removed on the 986 and 996 models."
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Good stuff! Thanks to all! If I ever get around to designing the thing I'll definately post some pictures.
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Good stuff, I just got my shift knob in from the UK this morning, Ill install it when i get down stairs for lunch, Its the same one that OhioBoxster has... Black ball with steel top half.
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Good stuff, I just got my shift knob in from the UK this morning, Ill install it when i get down stairs for lunch, Its the same one that OhioBoxster has... Black ball with steel top half.
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No picture yet, I havent installed it yet, It cost me about 60 bucks and 15 for shipping, I forgot what part of the UK but i called a used and new porsche parts place called Porsche Apart. When the cheap get searching, the Cheap get the deals.
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mine just has one allen screw holding it
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The mushroom non-optional shift knob that comes stock in my boxster just slides off and the new one i just installed slides on then i have a allen bolt to tighten... incase anyone is interested as to why theres an allen bolt, It is cause the shift knob is Height adjustible.

If you slide it all the way down you and tighten the allen bolt, you will notice your shifter leather boot is pretty baggy, its cause you are at the lowest setting for height.

I just installed it an hr ago, heres a picture VVV.
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o tahts the one ure talking about...

ive got the same one, i swear its the most comfortable knob ever.

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