Use a thin flat blade screw driver and pry the plastic chrome piece off the bottom, and the plastic chrome trim on the top, get a large pair of pliers and give the knob a couple 1/4 turns each way then just pull off. They are not threaded and as long as you are careful it will all come off with no damage. I swapped mine out about a month ago, but I didn't take any pics of the process, sorry.
Plastic Shifter Bezel Broken? No Need to Remove Knob!
The plastic bezel separated from the shifter boot on my 2008 Wrangler 'X', 6 speed manual trans.
The factory plastic bezel is held on by plastic nubbies that, when broken, offer little option but replacing the bezel.
I suppose that one could drill holes in this bezel and buy some small hex bolts and nuts and reinstall the old bezel easily enough, but I found a nice billet aluminum bezel in my Quadratec catalog.
I installed the Rugged Ridge (black anodized) bezel easily, WITHOUT REMOVING THE SHIFTER KNOB!
I read all the posts about removing the shifter knob, gave mine a few pretty hard tugs, and then realized that even thought the directions specify removing the knob, I wouldn't really have to.
I would recommend laying down a sheet under your work area, though, because the screws, nuts, and washers are pretty small and your fingers are not--reminds me of a joke;
Q: Why do Gorillas have such large nostrils?
A: Have you ever seen their fingers?
Anyway, guaranteed you will drop one and it'll go directly under the seat and find it's way under the carpet pan never to be found by you. (Or me, in this particular instance).
That is all.
...my other ride also gets crappy mileage.
Take some rope about a foot long put a slip knot on both sides. Take the three knots over over the knob and sinch up. This will put like a loop handle, take the end and put them 180 degrees apart. It will act like a 2 prong gear puller. Yank on the loop a couple of times and of it pops. It worked on my dodge Magnum and nitro
2014 JK "Wyld Willy" His
2014 JKU "Code Red" Her's
Just changed mine out last week. It's a 2014 with manual trans, but I used a screw driver to pry the plastic chrome piece off the bottom, then opened a pair of channel locks just wider than the shifter shaft and placed it under the bottom of the knob and gave about three whacks upward on the channel locks - knob went flying off. No damage done, but if I were to do again, I would wrap the shaft with a cloth just to be sure. Also worked on the transfer case knob.
Its actually pretty simple. But this depends on how you want to do it. Take some time and patience and you can remove it without damaging it. If you don't care, then its even easier.
First: Get a narrow plastic panel puller (Avail at most Auto Stores) this is if you don't want to damage it. (Small Flathead screwdriver if you don't care)
Second: A pair of soft work gloves (Gloves make it easier to pull the knob off when ready)
Third: depending on if you are left or right handed, sit in either the drivers seat or the passengers seat. (I am left handed so did it from the passengers seat)
Fourth; There is a small chrome ring at the bottom of the shift knob. Use the panel puller (Or screw driver) and moderately tap the chrome ring from the top edges around it in a downward motion. The ring will eventually "POP" loose.
Fifth: HERE IS THE HARD PART !!! AND USE CAUTION AND MAKE SURE NO ONE IS WATCHING !!! (btw, I am not kidding when I say make sure no one is watching) Put the gloves on, get a good grip on the knob and "PULL" straight up. The knob will come off, BUT if you are not prepared for it, you WILL WHACK yourself in the face when it lets loose !!!
The knob will come off, but when I say "PULL" I really mean "PULL".
NOTE: If you do not want to damage the knob, do not twist it, pull pull pull...If you don't care, twist it with a wrench and it will make it a little easier..but it will damage the knob to the point you wont want to use it.
I did this to my Jeep, got it off but I damaged mine.(Which I didn't care becuae I was putting a custom billet on on) I helped a friend with his, and due to lessons learned, we got his off without damaging the Knob or the Chrome Ring...
There ya have it.....DONE
PS: Don't even think of asking how I know you will whack yourself in the face!!