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Old 10-15-2010, 07:25 AM   #1
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97 TJ Sport Shift knob replacement strange issue?

Purchased for my daughter (learning to drive a stick) and want to replace the custom knob with the OEM one that has the shift pattern. Purchased an OEM (I believe) from one of the online suppliers. Went to install and realized the custom knob did not have the expected pop-off to access the nut. It essentially is just tightly compression fitted - I twisted in and it pulled straight off. It also looks like the previous owner might have cut off or ground the top of the shift arm that the shifter fits upon.

The factory service guide depicts a picture of the top of the shift arm that does not look like ours.

The knob I purchased is palm-shaped (not round) and does not appear to have a pop-off pattern - nor support the nut attachment. The inside diameter is also to small to fit over the arm shaft for a compression fit like the custom. Any chance someone can post a picture of the OEM knob and top of the shift arm.

Needless to say, I'm confused.

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Old 10-15-2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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I have a 97 sport, and the shift knob is round when looking at it from the top, and tear-drop shaped from the side profile - it tapers as it goes down to the lever. Sorry, no picture right now, I'm in the airport.

I have never had to take the cover off of mine. The nut that is inside the knob will just unscrew along with the whole knob. When screwing it back on, it always stops in the exact same spot, perfectly straight when fully tight. I dont know if the nut is in a fixed position to keep it from spinning or what, but I can hear it shaking around in there when I take it off.

What kind of aftermarket shifter did you have? Maybe someone would trade with you?

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Old 10-15-2010, 08:01 AM   #3
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im installing a t handle on my jeep next week some time. i never have luck posting pics but i can try when I do it.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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I just realized that nobody ever posted a pic for you. Here you go. The last one shows his much of the lever it covers.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:00 AM   #5
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Thank you - definitely not what I purchased...

Will try again and re-order and OEM shift knob from somewhere...
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