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    My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    I finally got tired of my stock shift knob and decided it was time to change to a weighted knob. I had initially looked elsewhere and had a very bad experience with another company. The Holden knob, although very nice looking, wasn't for me. After a lot of looking around on the internet I found TWM Performance.

    They didn't have any models specifically listed for the V. I started a discussion through email with them and they got back to me very quickly. After giving them the measurements of my UUC short shifter shaft they figured it was the same as the 89-04 Corvette. Through the course of several emails they told me to pick the Corvette knob size on the product page and write in the comments for the order that we discussed one for the V. What was great was that we had our discussion through email all the way up to something like 2am EST. That's some amazing customer service!

    The style that really attracted me was the TWM Piston in stainless steel. It is 520 grams and just the right size for me. The shifting is easier than stock due to the added weight and the feel is more notchy feeling now.

    I really like how the knob feels as the pads on my hand at the lowest joint just fit into the indentation in the top of the knob. There are no sharp edges at all and it is just a really well made piece.

    To attach the knob to the shaft of the shifter, they supply you with a little metal collar that you place on the shaft at the desired height. It is secured with three little set screws. After the screws are tightened you simply thread the knob onto the top of the collar and you are done. The collar makes for a modular system so that you can use whatever knob you want on their website, some exceptions of course.

    This is the model I chose. The TWM Piston.
    http://www.twmshiftknobs.com/shiftkn...hiftknobs.html

    Here are some pics of mine installed.



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    In the pics I scraped and sanded off that old rubbery paint stuff on the shifter bezel and repainted it with some matte black and clear coat. It came out a lot shinier than I expected but I still really like how it looks. The stainless steel of the knob matches the interior of the V quite nicely. At the same time I also added a suede boot from Redline Goods. I'm quite happy about my results. The car is a lot more fun to drive with the heavier knob.
    If anyone's looking for a new knob, I'd highly recommend TWM Performance. Shipping is quite speedy and packaging is top notch.


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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    I just looked at the product page again, and I see that they do specifically include the V now in the product offerings.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    TWM has an excellent reputation over on NASIOC, the Subaru forum. As you found, they're very willing to work with customers to develop new applications or come up with custom stuff.
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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Great write-up on the shifter knob.

    Now, I loved to know more about what's in your ashtray
    and the control knob & button by your cup holder.
    looks cool.
    Need a write-up on the cool blue light.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Those are both for audio equipment. In the front door of the ashtray I've got the control module for my Audison BitOne audio processor. Behind that when you flip down the door is a monitor for the Zapco 9.0 amp for my subs. It monitors stuff like sub lvl, battery voltage, amp rail voltages, temps, etc. That little knob by the cupholder is a controller to change various parameters on the Zapco amp. Hopefully I'll have some pics up here soon. My car is off for detailing right now so when it gets back I'll get time to get some pictures of everything. It's my luck that the day I took my car for detailing (yesterday) and today there was non-stop rain. And a little sleet. So nothing has been done yet.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Wow, I really like that knob. I will be ordering one. I also really like the suede boot. It looks great.

    I will be copying your idea to repaint the shift surround. Mine looks nasty.

    Nice work!

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    I wonder if they would add a shift pattern like ours

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Pretty sweet knob. The only thing that keeps me from considering it is that it looks like she'd get DAMN hot after being parked outside in the Arizona summer heat for an afternoon. I could see chunks of skin being left behind on there on a 118 degree day.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    I'm sure they could get a shift pattern like ours. They have one that is 6 speed but I think the 6th gear is on the wrong side. I don't remember without looking again though.

    As for it getting damn hot I'm sure it does because it's solid stainless steel. I do know for a fact it gets damn cold right about now though! But that's to be expected.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    How does the bezel (with the boot) come out of the console since I would like to paint mine like you did on yours? Also, is the boot attached to the bezel and ws the new shiter (the piston) easy to replace (a direct fit with the OEM shifter)? Thanks

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    The bezel is very easy to remove from the console. There are two tabs on one side. Maybe you can pop it out by sliding it while prying very lightly. It takes about 5 seconds. After you disconnect it you have to pull like hell on the OEM knob to get it to pop off the shifter stalk. It requires a lot of force because there is a lip inside that catches on part of the shifter. I forget which gear I put it in to get some good force. When it's off of the shifter, carefully pop off the silver trim ring which has little clips that snap into the bezel. Perhaps some little pliers would be good to pinch the clips together to get it apart. Watch out because they will break if you bend them too hard. After the trim ring is off the bezel you need to remove the boot from the bezel. The boot has fingers/strips of leather that are glued to the inside of the bezel. Again pliers helped me in removing the boot. You can yank on the boot leather pretty good, it won't tear.

    The knob I put on is a direct fit because they give you a little metal collar that you put onto the shifter first. Then tighten the set screws to hold it in place and thread the new knob on. It's really a very easy job that anyone can do. TWM Performance has a lot of knob choices you can use. They are all threaded to use with the collar I believe. If you aren't sure just shoot them an email. They respond quickly and are really easy to deal with. I'll be going with them on the next car I have most likely.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    I just checked out their website - how bout seein if they can make that bronze bushing kit for us as well

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Quote Originally Posted by bcarv87 View Post
    I wonder if they would add a shift pattern like ours
    Looks like they added the V's shift pattern now.

    I painted that trim ring as well after seeing the above pic...it was very easy and looks amazing!!! Now I'm debating on painting the trim around the Nav. I don't think it would be near as easy, and I still wonder how good it would look?!?!?

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    That looks pimp, you should ask them which styles would work so they can add our cars to the model selection list.

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    Re: My new TWM Performance Shift Knob

    Very nice knob, might get one. Stainless w/ shift pattern. Got a link on the suede boot?

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