upgraded my shift knob with one of those fancy ones. If you decided to do this you may find pulling the stock shifter off to be a GIANT PAIN IN THE ARSE.
That thing won't budge!
1st attempt in the car ended up banging my hand bad enough to yell out an expletive that my neighbohrs kid heard.
Here's the right way to do it (no tools):
1-Lower the top and windows completely.
2-Pop off the base of the shifter from the console. There are ten 'snap' tabs just gently pull up on each corner with your hand and you'll hear each one come loose one at a time.
3- take off your shoes
4-stand over the center console with one foot on each seat. grab the shifter with one hand and hold onto the windshield header with the other hand. Give it one good heave and pop! it comes right off.
the Carrera coupe guys can't do this