: Where to Buy & How to install the GTO/Holden/Monaro/Commodore shift knob/boot (pics!)



CTSV_510
03-14-09, 07:57 PM
I'm going to post a lot of pictures and details of this process - exactly what I would have liked to see when I was deciding on whether to order the knob.

TO BUY: From Australia:

The company doesn't have an online store so it has to be ordered via email and you can pay with paypal.

http://www.nvu.com.au/products_single.php?action=showproduct&cat=2&id=199&page=3&section=1

My contact was Chris Milis: cmilis@motorfield.com.au

It cost $110 AUD shipped, which was about $71 US at the time I ordered.

Here is what you are looking to get:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobstart1.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobstart2.jpg

Here are some pics next to the stock shift knob:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobcomparedtostock.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobcomparedtostock2.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobcomparedtostock3.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobcomparedtostock4.jpg

TO INSTALL:

Set aside an hour or two to do this.

We'll start with removing the shaft that comes attached to the bottom of the knob.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknoboriginalshaft.jpg

My best friends throughout this mod were these baby sized screwdrivers. I pulled and pulled at this shaft, but it didn't want to budge. It is held on by 4 retaining edges of white plastic. I stuck 3 of these baby screwdrivers in between the shaft and the clips, and the shaft pulled right out with barely any effort.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknoboriginalshaftremoval.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknoboriginalshaftremoval2.jpg

Next you'll have to remove the plastic trim that is attached to the base of the new shifter boot. Here is what is holding it on, and once again, I used baby screwdrivers to push the boot out from each spot it was held to the trim.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobplastictrim.jpg

And when you're done...trash the plastic.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobplastictrimdone.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobandboot.jpg

Now you need to remove the stock boot from the plastic trim. From underneath you can just pull the boot off where it is glued, then remove the silver piece that holds it in.

Be careful of the tabs on the trim, I broke one off and had to glue it back on. Super glue held it well enough.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobstockplastictrimbroken.jpg
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http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobstockplastictrim.jpg


Now you've got to start cutting the new boot in the same way that the stock boot is cut. These tabs are used to fold under the plastic trim piece and are then glued to the plastic to keep it in place.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobbootcutting.jpg

CTSV_510
03-14-09, 07:59 PM
Here is the new boot all cut and ready to go:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobbootcuttingcomplete.jpg

The knob needs to be drilling/bored out a bit to accomodate the girth of the V's shifter (stock, B&M, uuc, etc.) I recommend doing the drilling/boring of the new knob before you attach the plastic trim to the new boot.

Stock on top, new knob on bottom:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobhole.jpg

I used a big bit and worked it around inside the knob to remove some of the white plastic.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobdrillingbore.jpg

I measured the depth of the hole in the new shift knob and then used that measurement to mark the V shifter so I knew how far to push it on.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobstockshaftmarked.jpg

Just keep drilling/boring the hole out with whatever method and tools you have available until you can get the shifter in almost to your marking line. It will take plenty of effort to get it all the way on, but wait until the knob & boot are attached to the plastic trim before you go doing that. It's going to be on real tight so it'll be a pain to get back off.


Time to attach the new boot to the V's plastic trim. Just feed the tabs through the holes, bend them in and around, and put a bit of super glue there to hold them.

The boot has three seams of stitching - the single seam goes toward the front of the car (attach to the WIDER part of the plastic trim), and the double seams will attach to the rear corners of the plastic trim.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobbootgluedtotrim.jpg

Snap the silver piece down over the edges of the boot and voila:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobputtogether.jpg


Final Product:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn240/ctsv510/GTOknobfinalproduct.jpg


Overall, I'm VERY happy with the weight, feel, and look of the knob. Get yours today!

your maker
03-14-09, 08:17 PM
very nice looking i would wonder if to get the origninal one re-stiched with the white if it would be easier, anyway over good job and nice detailed instructions

Jesda
03-14-09, 10:00 PM
Beautiful. The stitching adds some class.

shadybx7
03-15-09, 10:55 AM
The finished product Looks Great!!! Thanks for the write up

CadzillaTN
03-15-09, 12:19 PM
great detail and pics...thanks!!

If I saw both and never drove the V, I would swear the monaro was the stock knob.

....next $75 spent on V will go to this.

BacDoc
03-15-09, 02:09 PM
I just beat my knob.....on.

Seriously, I pounded that sucker on and it's ain't budging. Also took 99% of my shifter noise out too.

c4ss
03-15-09, 02:54 PM
Great writeup. Probably will be my next mod as well. This writeup definitely belongs in the FAQ :thumbsup:

shadybx7
03-19-09, 03:11 PM
I followed this write up and my new knob and boot came out great. thanks oldroadawg for sending me you old set up. I didn't even glue down the leather boot tabs... the trim ring does a good job as long as you didn't fck it up while disassembling it.. overall great mod, pretty simple once its drilled out, the holden shifter and boot looks great in person and looks more stock then the oem counter part..

http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/IMG_0278.jpg
http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii384/shadybx7/IMG_0277.jpg

i know most of this board hates purely cosmetic mods, so hate on my interior all you want but i love it

surfera007
03-19-09, 11:54 PM
That thing is gorgeous and looks like how the car should have came from the factory! I have been looking at this for a couple weeks now and you are awesome for putting up these instructions.

After installing the switch wiring to my DMH cutouts last week I snapped the plastic shift boot that holds it down and I figured how perfect it would be to just get the GTO one to replace, but now I see that's not even an option! Damn I screwed myself! Where do I even get that plastic piece? I'm assuming I have to buy the whole assembly. FML! :crying:

BacDoc
03-20-09, 12:27 PM
That thing is gorgeous and looks like how the car should have came from the factory! I have been looking at this for a couple weeks now and you are awesome for putting up these instructions.

After installing the switch wiring to my DMH cutouts last week I snapped the plastic shift boot that holds it down and I figured how perfect it would be to just get the GTO one to replace, but now I see that's not even an option! Damn I screwed myself! Where do I even get that plastic piece? I'm assuming I have to buy the whole assembly. FML! :crying:

That entire shifter setup was an abortion from GM. A testament to their old fit and finish.

"We gave the V the spirit of a Vette, with the guts of a Cavalier."

VforMe
03-27-09, 11:31 PM
:nanaparty:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb98/sbr62979/IMG00034.jpg


Mine also came with this sweet jacket for the shifter. Maybe I won't have to warm it up in the morning to get it to shift into 1st anymore.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb98/sbr62979/IMG00036.jpg

CTSV_510
03-28-09, 11:18 AM
FYI, that little "jacket" does nothing to dampen noise.

VforMe
03-28-09, 11:22 AM
yeah it didn't look like it was gonna do anything to help with noise. I actually didn't even put it on. Thanks again for all the info, it made it super easy. Aside from waiting for glue to dry the whole thing took all of about 20 minutes. I know I would have torn the thing up if I hadn't used the little screwdrivers.

shadybx7
03-28-09, 12:20 PM
welcome to the gto/holden club

CTSV_510
03-28-09, 04:37 PM
yeah it didn't look like it was gonna do anything to help with noise. I actually didn't even put it on. Thanks again for all the info, it made it super easy. Aside from waiting for glue to dry the whole thing took all of about 20 minutes. I know I would have torn the thing up if I hadn't used the little screwdrivers.

:yup:

Slithering_Joe
05-04-09, 09:12 PM
Got mine today from Australia...now I have to make some time to intall it. Thanks CTSV_510 for the info and Chris Milis at NVU.

I can't believe this isn't regular equipment in the V.

CTSV_510
05-04-09, 09:26 PM
:cheers:

Slithering_Joe
05-04-09, 11:52 PM
Oh, and thanks Shady for showing the shifter in person.

qqik4u
05-05-09, 08:28 AM
I have that shifter sitting in my garage if anyone is interested I could part with it. I went with UUC from Luke (That Luke has the force). Anyway PM me for price - I bought it from this forum for 100, but half of that could be resonable.

Mick

Twitch
05-05-09, 11:09 AM
Didn't even read this thread till today. The fact that ithas weight to it, makes it a functional mod. ;)

shadybx7
05-05-09, 03:02 PM
Oh, and thanks Shady for showing the shifter in person.

no prob Joe, you gonna get a short shifter too? We need another meet since you and Will have stated to get the modding bug

Slithering_Joe
05-07-09, 06:45 PM
no prob Joe, you gonna get a short shifter too? We need another meet since you and Will have stated to get the modding bug
I'll probably get the short shifter later on. My only complaint about this shifter knob & boot mod is that when you over extend first gear, it puts a bit of tension on the opposite side corner of the boot and mounting plate. I wish there was just a little more leather. It sure does look good though. I can't imagine why this isn't original equipment.

Slithering_Joe
05-07-09, 07:52 PM
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/CTSV_MonaroVZ_top_view.jpg

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/P5060027.jpg

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/P5060031.jpg

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/P5060039.jpg

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/P5070044.jpg

CTSV_510
05-07-09, 10:27 PM
You need to get that sucker on farther! It's up too high, that's why you have a problem with stretching the leather.

Pull it off and drill out more.

Slithering_Joe
05-07-09, 11:00 PM
I marked the depth of the new knob onto the factory shifter shaft. I even removed some of the plastic material in the head of the Monaro knob too but it wasn't much. It's on there. CTSV_510, you have a short shifter. Right? Maybe that shortened shifter length allows some 'leftover' leather. I thought about shortening the factory shifter shaft but at the moment that seems a little too drastic.
Hmmm....

CTSV_510
05-07-09, 11:47 PM
I have a B&M shifter. I didn't think there was that much difference in height between it and the stock one.

But I was wrong one time before so I guess it could happen again.

VforMe
05-09-09, 11:11 AM
I marked the depth of the new knob onto the factory shifter shaft. I even removed some of the plastic material in the head of the Monaro knob too but it wasn't much. It's on there. CTSV_510, you have a short shifter. Right? Maybe that shortened shifter length allows some 'leftover' leather. I thought about shortening the factory shifter shaft but at the moment that seems a little too drastic.
Hmmm....

I have stock shifter too and mine doesn't look as high as yours does in that picture. Could just be the angle of your picture but I would pull it off and re check it. Also mine doesn't stretch that much in first gear. The only one that is a stretch is reverse and as long as I don't just slam it in its fine.

shadybx7
05-09-09, 03:07 PM
joe

get a katech Short shifter, its much shorter then stock.. :stirpot::stirpot: that will fix everything

Slithering_Joe
05-26-09, 07:36 PM
joe

get a katech Short shifter, its much shorter then stock.. :stirpot::stirpot: that will fix everything
One of these days I'll ditch the stock shifter.

Just as in the the stock shifter, I got tired of accidently toggling the A/C on and off while shifting into 3rd. So, I took a hacksaw to the stock shifter rod and the results were great.

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z130/Slithering_Joe/My%202005%20CTS-V/P5260050.jpg

CTSV_510
05-26-09, 08:42 PM
Cool! Do the shifts feel shorter?

bneal1022
05-26-09, 09:04 PM
I just ordered mine today from Chris above. Looks awsome and natural with the car, can't wait to put it in. The UUC is cool but a little too spaceship or balding man with horseshoe hair-like. The real benefir I bet is the weight of the knob with the short leverage. oh well, opinions are like ****** we all have one. The connection with Chris at Motorfield is great and save about $400 if you want the same thing from the pontiac dealer.

Slithering_Joe
05-27-09, 01:03 AM
Cool! Do the shifts feel shorter?
Oh, it's definitely an improvement with a wee bit shorter in throws. The factory mechanism still kills it but the weighted knob makes a big positive difference.

bneal1022
06-03-09, 08:09 PM
WOW, I just got my knob and boot from Chris Milis in Australia. It only took a week! He offers a killer deal considering buying it from the local dealer parts counter is about $400 more. Super thumbs up ! can't wait to install it. the knob is surprisingly heavy and looks great with the accent stiching!

NICE !

bneal1022
06-06-09, 07:23 PM
i just completed the Holden knob and boot install. This guide was great. i had a couple of comparison questions for those who have it done.

1) anyone ele superglue you fingers together A LOT?
2) I was a little surprised that the new knob was a little taller when installed than I though it would be. The knob is stubbier but not drilled as deep as the factory. Mine looks a little taller with the B&M than i would have thought. Anyone want to chime in with their factory measurements and or holden measurements with or without a short throw kit?
3) What is your 1-2, 3-4 throw length? mine is 3.75" and a little more than 3.5" respectively at the knob top.
4) height from center console top to top of knob? my height from silver ring in console to knob top is 5.7"

thanks!

VforMe
06-06-09, 08:23 PM
i just completed the Holden knob and boot install. This guide was great. i had a couple of comparison questions for those who have it done.

1) anyone ele superglue you fingers together A LOT?
2) I was a little surprised that the new knob was a little taller when installed than I though it would be. The knob is stubbier but not drilled as deep as the factory. Mine looks a little taller with the B&M than i would have thought. Anyone want to chime in with their factory measurements and or holden measurements with or without a short throw kit?
3) What is your 1-2, 3-4 throw length? mine is 3.75" and a little more than 3.5" respectively at the knob top.
4) height from center console top to top of knob? my height from silver ring in console to knob top is 5.7"

thanks!

1)Used elmers glue
2)Somebody else posted theirs and it looked tall, mine seems shorter than the factory knob. You may wanna pull it off and redrill it and make sure its all the way down. Did you mark a line on the shaft where it should come down too?
3&4) I didn't measure mine so I couldn't tell ya. Sorry

shadybx7
06-06-09, 08:40 PM
Oh, it's definitely an improvement with a wee bit shorter in throws. The factory mechanism still kills it but the weighted knob makes a big positive difference.

i rowed threw all the gears on Joe's modified shifter and was surprised how much of a difference it made.. also a little ticked that i spent 2+bills on my current setup.:mad2: when i just could of tired this first. the gates are still vague like stock but the added weight and shorter stalk make a nice cheap short shifter..

shadybx7
06-06-09, 08:50 PM
i just completed the Holden knob and boot install. This guide was great. i had a couple of comparison questions for those who have it done.

1) anyone ele superglue you fingers together A LOT?
2) I was a little surprised that the new knob was a little taller when installed than I though it would be. The knob is stubbier but not drilled as deep as the factory. Mine looks a little taller with the B&M than i would have thought. Anyone want to chime in with their factory measurements and or holden measurements with or without a short throw kit?
3) What is your 1-2, 3-4 throw length? mine is 3.75" and a little more than 3.5" respectively at the knob top.
4) height from center console top to top of knob? my height from silver ring in console to knob top is 5.7"

thanks!
1) never used any glue on my boot
4) my height from the silver ring to my GTO knob is at 4.9in and with my monster knob its at 3in.. the monster knob is lighter but its short height really makes my set up feel much shorter and knotchy.

...this is all on my Katech Short shifter which is $$$ simply because it has a threaded stalk..

some variation of a short shifter is a must:yup:

Slithering_Joe
06-06-09, 11:40 PM
Thanks Will.

Marking the depth of the new shifter knub onto the length of the shifter rod is the only way to see if you have it on far enough. I used a soap water solution (very very little soap) to help aid the knob on. When the water evaporates, its as good as glue. Not permanent and you won't damage the knob if/when you take the trans out.

bneal1022
06-07-09, 10:16 AM
good advice.. I only used the glue on the cut tabs of the boot, not the knob. I thought of using the soap trick for the knob as I hogged out a nano-bit more of the internal plastic than I should. I did mark the original knob height and the the deepest the holden knob would fit with a sharpie. The hoden knob is stubbier in height but also not drilled as deep. I drilled deeper in the holden until I felt uncomfortable. Ended about 0.75" from original mark. I have to take the knob off anyway. While driving last night i really noticed the shaft and boot getting warm, I forgot to install the wrapped padded foam that came with the holden unit (pictured in installation in this thread) to isolate the heat to the shaft. Ill use the soap then.

VforMe
06-07-09, 12:16 PM
good advice.. I only used the glue on the cut tabs of the boot, not the knob. I thought of using the soap trick for the knob as I hogged out a nano-bit more of the internal plastic than I should. I did mark the original knob height and the the deepest the holden knob would fit with a sharpie. The hoden knob is stubbier in height but also not drilled as deep. I drilled deeper in the holden until I felt uncomfortable. Ended about 0.75" from original mark. I have to take the knob off anyway. While driving last night i really noticed the shaft and boot getting warm, I forgot to install the wrapped padded foam that came with the holden unit (pictured in installation in this thread) to isolate the heat to the shaft. Ill use the soap then.

That boot is worthless. I wouldn't bother with it.

CadzillaTN
10-13-09, 10:46 PM
I got a great deal on a holden/gto knob from another forum member, but it's a bit different than the ones pictured here.. The stitching is dark and blends with the leather boot and knob. Originally I wanted the white stitch look too, but this matches the stock look perfectly.. I'll post pics when I'm done with the install. Still need to bore out the knob with a 9/16 bit. I'd use a 1/2 and chip away at it, but I want the hole to be perfect so it doesn't move.

Since this knob has more weight, I decided to try and make the shifts a bit shorter by sawing off some of the b&m shaft:lildevil:-- which I've been wanting to do for a while... Took me 20+ minutes with a jigsaw and a 3 pack of metal blades. I hacked it right at the notch, which was 3/4 in. This should also cut down on 'play' in the knob

soulja
10-14-09, 05:13 PM
I got a great deal on a holden/gto knob from another forum member, but it's a bit different than the ones pictured here.. The stitching is dark and blends with the leather boot and knob. Originally I wanted the white stitch look too, but this matches the stock look perfectly.. I'll post pics when I'm done with the install. Still need to bore out the knob with a 9/16 bit. I'd use a 1/2 and chip away at it, but I want the hole to be perfect so it doesn't move.

Since this knob has more weight, I decided to try and make the shifts a bit shorter by sawing off some of the b&m shaft:lildevil:-- which I've been wanting to do for a while... Took me 20+ minutes with a jigsaw and a 3 pack of metal blades. I hacked it right at the notch, which was 3/4 in. This should also cut down on 'play' in the knob

Let me know how this worked out for you. I have been considering taking the dremel to my b&m to make it shorter. ;)

CancerJCC
10-14-09, 05:55 PM
This should also cut down on 'play' in the knob

Please let us know if this fixes the "play" you speak of. I HATE the fact that my knob is "loose" on the shaft a bit.

<----UUC Short Throw.

CadzillaTN
10-18-09, 01:22 PM
Plan on finishing this today. I drilled out the inside of the knob to an exact 9/16 inch to match the cut shaft using vice grips and holding the knob in my other hand.. I just turned until it was done...this after spending days trying ot find a 9/16 bit that would fit in my drill. :rolleyes:
question-
How much did you guys trim off the gto leather boot? Did you take it off just the front or equal length all around? I dont want to trim too much because it will be too tight, but as of now there is way too much leather to 'fit' in the existing ring.

As I mentioned I cut a bit off the shifter shaft so what I may to do is trim an amount equal to this off the bottom of the boot which seems like it will then make the diameter match the tring and still allow enough for shifts......




Let me know how this worked out for you. I have been considering taking the dremel to my b&m to make it shorter. ;)
go for it. I've been shifting the past week with my regular knob on the cut shaft, and it felt better. Not a world of difference but you could tell. The stock armrest actually feels more comfortable. I would have trimmed a wee bit more off, but the notch mad a good starting point to cut.

One more thing, I had a knob 'rattle' at higher rpms created by this looseness (imo one of the main culprits of b&m 'noise'), it's gone after I did this.


Please let us know if this fixes the "play" you speak of. I HATE the fact that my knob is "loose" on the shaft a bit.

<----UUC Short Throw.
I hope so. Im not sure if uuc tried to duplicate the stock shaft at the top like b&m did?(smaller with the click notch), but in my opinion this 'taper' added to the play factor. Even with my old knob hammered on, I could feel a tiny amount of left/right play, and it drove me nuts. Im thinking that since I've cropped off this and created an equal amount of shaft to go in the knob it will hold better. I left the last 1/2 inch or inside the new knob undrilled, so it can clamp on tight.

CadzillaTN
10-19-09, 01:31 AM
not in car yet.., the boot was a pita but i got it. pic below. I still have to file the shaft a bit- the raw edge is marginally wider than the rest, which is cutting into the inside of knob creating a hole larger than I need.. I also plan to replace the factory foam before I reinstall.

cvettr/cts-v
10-19-09, 12:45 PM
Looks good so far, good luck with the rest of install.

CadzillaTN
10-23-09, 10:43 PM
done. The knob and boot stitching are an exact match. The silver balances with the other interior accents perfectly. It looks stocker than stock.

special thanks to cvettr/cts-v for not taking the time to install this in his own car:highfive: its in a good home now

to finish the install I had to keep trimming the inside of the knob because it would only go on halfway. I finally just hammered it down.. It's on reeeeal good now. No play, no twisting, nothing.
The knob is heavier, wider, a bit deeper, and stubbier than stock. I felt the stock was to tall anyway. Overall very solid. Before, it felt like the 'pivot' point was the shifter base, but now I 'feel' it all the way down to the linkage. The extra weight of the knob makes it shift very smooth with less effort, very connected, in a good way. The shifts are smooth and precise with no question as to what gear you are in while cruising or rowing. With my arm rested on the console, my hand rests almost flat on top of the knob.

It feels 180 degrees from stock. It also helps that I bled my clutch (FINALLY, this is super easy btw) and changed my trans fluid to mobil1 synthetic in the last 3 weeks. Those 2 things alone eliminated shifting problems I had been bitching about for more than a year, but ill save that for another post.

There's another 3/8 to 1/2 inch of space left in the knob so it could go down further, but I didnt want to damage it cause I was hitting pretty hard.. I couldnt find my rubber mallet so I used a wide hammer and a paperback.

cell phone pics and in the dark so they aren't good quality. Ill take another tomorrow.

c4ss
10-25-09, 03:22 PM
Looks good. I almost did this but when I saw the V2 knob I was sold on that instead. I think just about everyone can agree that anything is better then stock. However, I do like the look of the V2 knob on my V1. Any reason you didn't go with that instead?

cvettr/cts-v
10-26-09, 03:09 PM
Looks great, and glad it worked for you.

V-Eight
10-27-09, 12:47 PM
cell phone pics and in the dark so they aren't good quality. Ill take another tomorrow.

That boot stitching fits right in beside the seat stitching. Nice work:thumbsup:

soulja
02-09-10, 08:12 PM
I ordered my Holden Knob from Chris. I got the knob in the mail in approximately 4 days. Talk about fast. Just installed it today in an ice cold garage. One note I'd like to make is that when you are prying the new knob off of the new shaft it is not the clips holding it on. You basically need to take a flathead screwdriver and jap all away around the shaft to remove the adhesive. Then it pulls of with no problem. I also cut almost 2 inches off of my B&M shaft for a nice short (in height) look.

http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/nlspears01/2010-02-09133846.jpg
http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/nlspears01/2010-02-09133628.jpg

bneal1022
02-09-10, 08:57 PM
that is rediculously short holy crap. :bulging:

i have the same set up and was disappoited that the knob seemed to add height back that the shifter shortened... but 2 in" WOW, how'd you cut it? Does the throw require alot more pull force? with the loss of leverage, i would think that would magnify the push / pull pounds...

CadzillaTN
02-10-10, 12:37 AM
looks good soulja


that is rediculously short holy crap. :bulging:

i have the same set up and was disappoited that the knob seemed to add height back that the shifter shortened... but 2 in" WOW, how'd you cut it? Does the throw require alot more pull force? with the loss of leverage, i would think that would magnify the push / pull pounds...

did you hollow out the knob enough to get it all the way on? im not sure the overall height is reduced by the shifter alone, and i think the difference after the holden knob vs stock on the bnm wouldnt be more than one fourth inch or so.

get a jigsaw and a 3 pack of good metal blades, start a notch with a hacksaw, then go to town...or if you just want to do a small amount use the notch thats already on the shaft as your guide to start...thats what i did and its ok but still feels too tall. i think 1.5 inches would be the perfect amount but id still like to see and try out the feel of the 2 inch cut

im still loving mine.

soulja
02-10-10, 02:07 PM
that is rediculously short holy crap. :bulging:

i have the same set up and was disappoited that the knob seemed to add height back that the shifter shortened... but 2 in" WOW, how'd you cut it? Does the throw require alot more pull force? with the loss of leverage, i would think that would magnify the push / pull pounds...

I cut of the shaft with a combination of my dremel which went though it like butter and a little hacksaw only cause I got tire of replacing dremel disks. The throw is perfect to me. I think this is how it should have been stock. The throw is nice and short. Feel more like clicking it into gear instead of throwing it in gear. :highfive:

soulja
02-10-10, 02:10 PM
looks good soulja



did you hollow out the knob enough to get it all the way on? im not sure the overall height is reduced by the shifter alone, and i think the difference after the holden knob vs stock on the bnm wouldnt be more than one fourth inch or so.

get a jigsaw and a 3 pack of good metal blades, start a notch with a hacksaw, then go to town...or if you just want to do a small amount use the notch thats already on the shaft as your guide to start...thats what i did and its ok but still feels too tall. i think 1.5 inches would be the perfect amount but id still like to see and try out the feel of the 2 inch cut

im still loving mine.


I actually had to start my cut with the dremel. My hacksaw would not even notch it. Dude, you would love it. Just cut another .5 inch off or so. I had to use a rubber mallet and a moving blanket to cushion the blows and not damage the knob. I love this look much better than the V2 cause the V2 is pretty much the same shape and look with a new logo on it. This knob is what should be in the V's.

soulja
02-10-10, 02:12 PM
BTW, cause the US dollar is sucking so bad. The cost was $137 Australian converted to $122 US shipped. Talk about a huge difference from the OP's prices. Damn federal reserve.

Slithering_Joe
02-10-10, 04:24 PM
I locked in at $80 for mine. Best interior mod with the arm rest being #2. Our economy sucks.

MikeV
12-20-10, 12:41 PM
BUMP

Just wanted to let anyone interested know that these shift knobs/boots are still available from Australia. Same guy / contact info as shown earlier in this post. Price is $99AUD plus shipping so with the weak dollar it comes out to about $145USD shipped to the east coast US. Still very worth it to me.

There are different versions available but the one with the light colored stiching is P/N P-18.

sciroccokid
12-18-11, 11:51 AM
Hey guys, I have been searching high & low for this knob and boot. Does anyone know where I can get it?

fletchf
12-20-11, 03:06 PM
I have been looking for the shift knob, my car came with the knob and boot but the shift knob has some scratches on it and I would like a new one. Let me know if you find them anywhere.

raguncajn
01-28-12, 09:04 PM
Look what I got in the mail today!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JeA4aK01JGQ/TySWnLnF9NI/AAAAAAAAACU/IaedXGknHsg/s800/20120128_180240.jpg

I was able to find it on ebay from Australia. So guys if you want them they are still out there.

Hopefully I will get it installed soon on a new to me B&M Shifter.