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Old 08-08-2019, 11:38 PM   #1
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Remove Rennline shift knob

Any suggestions on how to remove my rennline shift knob. It was a tight fit when installing and had to use a mallet to press it on. Now I'd like to remove it to work on the shifter/shift boot but the knob is not letting go. I already attempted to deadlift it off while standing above with the top off but still no go.

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Old 08-08-2019, 11:43 PM   #2
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Isn’t there a set screw?
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If it was a press-on installation, then its a pull off removal. I'd make a "tool" from wood that fits around the shaft and then take the mallet and pound upward.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:06 PM   #4
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I would assume that it had a plastic or rubber insert to help it lock into the notch on the shaft.

Maybe try heating up the entire knob with a blow dryer or heat gun (carefully) to soften the bind.
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:50 PM   #5
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Not enough material was removed from inside the shift knob so i had to press fit it on with a mallet to seat it low enough to get the shift boot to wrap around the knobs lower base. Yes it uses set screws but in my case they're redundant since i had to press the knob on.

Good advice I'll mock something up.
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Old 08-10-2019, 07:36 AM   #7
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Not enough material was removed from inside the shift knob so i had to press fit it on with a mallet to seat it low enough to get the shift boot to wrap around the knobs lower base. Yes it uses set screws but in my case they're redundant since i had to press the knob on.

Good advice I'll mock something up.
Something like this would do it.

https://www.amazon.com/OTC-Inner-CV-Joint-Puller/dp/B000O825QU/ref=asc_df_B000O825QU/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312061979255&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13211245759347887987&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9005888&hvtargid=aud-799146894166la-434879548009&psc=1

This link has a video:
https://www.amazon.com/OEMTOOLS-27058-Front-Pulley-Attachment/dp/B004FENA7W/ref=pd_sbs_263_2/146-6804621-2586403?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004FENA7W&pd_rd_r=72da8fc9-abe0-40f0-9f42-e38c91276ad0&pd_rd_w=Yc8VZ&pd_rd_wg=41uZR&pf_rd_p=43281256-7633-49c8-b909-7ffd7d8cb21e&pf_rd_r=KQTD6Z6HTPDKYHN3H8EA&psc=1&refRID=KQTD6Z6HTPDKYHN3H8EA

Maybe you can find a loaner at your local parts store.

The fork may be too large for your shift knob, but maybe it can be adapted.


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