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Old 03-31-2014, 08:52 PM   #1
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Pool Ball Shift Knob

I make my own pool ball knobs.

Pick up a set of used balls on ebay, I got mine, sadly minus the 8 ball for under $20. I used the one ball 'cause I gave the three ball and the 14 ball that would match my green jeep to other people. The cue ball is in my Cummins pickup and the four ball is in my LandCruiser.

Figure out what size tap you need, go to the hardware store, price one and put it back on the shelf. The things are friggin' expensive!

Go to the nuts 'n bolts aisle and get the proper size bolt. Grade 5 or 8.8 will do--pool balls are pretty soft. Go home and haul out your dremel tool and cut the bolt into a tap. (see pics)

Drill a hole a bit undersize for the bolt, use the bolt to tap it, mount.







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Old 03-31-2014, 09:06 PM   #2
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That's cool man! I thought you were selling stuff at first but exactly the opposite! Thanks man.

Edit reason I thought that is phone app just says. I make my own pool ball knobs. I almost didn't click it. Good info. Thanks again.

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Old 04-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #3
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Can you elaborate on how you used the Dremel to make the bolt into a tap?
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:35 PM   #4
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He used dremel to cut flutes three or four along long axis of bolt plus maybe a little taper to threads on end
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:38 PM   #5
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great idea thanks for sharing
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:35 PM   #6
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the hole that you drill in the ball before you tap it, how much smaller in diameter should it be than the tap?
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #7
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The bolt diameter minus the pitch is good enough or just look up drill and tap sizes ( google it) and a table for proper dril size for any sae or metric thread will be listed
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:42 PM   #8
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Pictures from chart on my shop wall
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #9
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oh nice, that's cool that there is a set chart. I've never tapped anything before so I didn't know it was so exact, thank you.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:19 PM   #10
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Anyone know the thread diameter for the TJ shifter?
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:10 AM   #11
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10mm (M10 x 1.5)
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:52 PM   #12
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10mm (M10 x 1.5)
Ok......would an early yj be the same I wonder?

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