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Old 11-05-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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knob removal

I have read what is posted about how to remove the shifter knob. Wondering if anyone can give a little more clarification. i have removed the two rubber sleeves from the lower 3/4 of the knob. Now, do i just pull the rest of it off or does something else need to be removed? (see pic)
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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From my experiance i changed the tcase knob and just pulled really hard just dont punch yourself in the face

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Old 11-05-2010, 02:14 PM   #3
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Thanks, i will be removing that knob too. From what i understand the tranfer case knob has to have the top cut off to remove a clip...?
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:38 PM   #4
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No i just put in 4 low and kind of wiggled it back and forth and pulled didnt have yo cut anything i removed mine because i scratched the hell out of it when i put my dash light in you can see the top of knob in pic
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:00 PM   #6
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You have to hacksaw the top part from the rest... Like a soft a boiled egg
Then remove that holding clip and all comes loose..
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:08 PM   #7
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^ Holy hell, no!
T-case:
Take a chisel and a hammer. Put the chisel against the base of the shifter (4 HI and driver's seat ALL the way back helps!). Hit it. Repeat until the shifter hits the roof Repeat similar steps for the 6-speeder Mark W.
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:13 PM   #8
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^ Holy hell, no!
T-case:
Take a chisel and a hammer. Put the chisel against the base of the shifter (4 HI and driver's seat ALL the way back helps!). Hit it. Repeat until the shifter hits the roof Repeat similar steps for the 6-speeder Mark W.

Be careful, it all depends how firmly that one way locking clip has gripped into the shift lever..
Hammering on the shift lever is NOT recommended..You can damage the shift mechanism...Of course everyone can do with his/her Jeep what they want to do..If you want to remove the knob, I have to assume you don't need it anymore, hence the "hacksaw" solution is still the best/safest one..
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Old 11-05-2010, 04:45 PM   #9
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I don't know if it is because I took my knob off like a month after getting my jeep but I could not pull it off. So I took a dremel to it around the ring on the top and that ate like to blades so I took a hack saw to it. I finally got it off, but I was not careful enough and the arm on the shifter has two 1 or 2" cuts into. Nothing major but if it would bother you make sure you are very careful about cutting.
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I have a 2010 rubi and my tcase knob came off easy with a little force
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:17 AM   #11
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You have to hacksaw the top part from the rest... Like a soft a boiled egg
Then remove that holding clip and all comes loose..
On the TJs, I just pried off the piece with the shift pattern and undid the nut threaded into the end of the shifter arm.

Then I mounted a threaded-out 13-ball on it

After I ummm..well, the Jeep died....I kept the ball knowing that I would someday get another one and would want to put it back on. I can't wait till next spring

I'm curious now...can some one post a pic of what the end of the ARM looks like without the knob?

Thanks!
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On the TJs, I just pried off the piece with the shift pattern and undid the nut threaded into the end of the shifter arm.

Then I mounted a threaded-out 13-ball on it

After I ummm..well, the Jeep died....I kept the ball knowing that I would someday get another one and would want to put it back on. I can't wait till next spring

I'm curious now...can some one post a pic of what the end of the ARM looks like without the knob?

Thanks!
JK is different

This is a pic I got from someone else
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:30 AM   #13
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JK is different

This is a pic I got from someone else
The arm on the TJ tapered down where the threads were milled into it.

The JK looks as if the end is the same diameter all the way down which means I'll have to drill the ball out to make it's hole a little bigger.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:26 PM   #14
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Remove 4WD Knob: Place a flathead screw driver between the plastic medallion and the rubber sleeve and pop it off [easy part] to remove the small metal clip. Get a pair of large vice grips and place it on the knob. Using a hammer or rubber mallet, bang vicegrip until the knob comes off. Will take a few good hits.

Manual shifter knob: Not sure if it has a metal clip under the medallion, but use vicegrips as well.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #15
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Thanks all. Doesn't that pic of the knobless shifter look to be a uniform diameter? I am fabricating the replacement, so it would be nice to be certain about the size before i ruin the stock knob. i will take some pics along the way for future reference for the forum.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:31 AM   #16
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Remove 4WD Knob: Place a flathead screw driver between the plastic medallion and the rubber sleeve and pop it off [easy part] to remove the small metal clip. Get a pair of large vice grips and place it on the knob. Using a hammer or rubber mallet, bang vicegrip until the knob comes off. Will take a few good hits.

Manual shifter knob: Not sure if it has a metal clip under the medallion, but use vicegrips as well.
Close to what I did, except I used a Crescent wrench instead of vice grips. Set the wrench to the diameter of the shifter shaft, place under the knob, and give it a few whacks with a hammer. Comes right off, whether you remove the clip or not
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I am totally with USAntigoon. About a month back I tried to remove the shift knob by pulling really hard upward, or even hitting it with a hammer in an upward position to crack it loose. However none of these ways worked. So I took USAntigoon's advice and hacksawed the top off, then removed the metal clip that HOLDS it in place making it almost impossible to remove just by pulling on it.
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I am totally with USAntigoon. About a month back I tried to remove the shift knob by pulling really hard upward, or even hitting it with a hammer in an upward position to crack it loose. However none of these ways worked. So I took USAntigoon's advice and hacksawed the top off, then removed the metal clip that HOLDS it in place making it almost impossible to remove just by pulling on it.
If you remove these shift knobs, apparently you want to install some other ones. Who cares they are toast anyway..(better safe than sorry)
Here is my set up....
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:19 PM   #19
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Here is the rest of the story. (i miss Paul Harvey) After removing the rubber pieces and getting it to the place that the original picture represents i hack-sawed just under the edge of the top of the knob. Unknowingly all i needed to do was cut the wedge style tabs at 3 places. These necessary cut places are as follows: looking at the shift diagram on the top of the knob the places to cut are at 6, 10, and 2 o'clock. Once cut the top portion just pulls off. The result after the cut looks like this.
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:26 PM   #20
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The naked shaft looks like this. (insert phallic joke here)
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:30 PM   #21
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Looks like this:
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:33 PM   #22
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Here is my home-made knob. It is a fossil that has amazing fit to my hand.
I made a back-up knob as well as two for the transfer case. i will put those on eventually.
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Looks good glad everything worked out for you . Happy thanksgiving to all
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Here is my home-made knob. It is a fossil that has amazing fit to my hand.
I made a back-up knob as well as two for the transfer case. i will put those on eventually.
When I see that pic, I keep thinking of Bernie Mac's scene in Ocean's Eleven when he's talking about his hand moisturizer and 'social agenda' (ouch).

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You can get to the metal clip without using a hacksaw... there's a plastic cap piece that pops off, and on my 2010, that metal clip was holding the cap on the knob, and had nothing to do with the holding the knob on...

Seriously, I spent about an hour looking for what was holding on the knob before google cheating the clip holds the trim piece on...
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You can get to the metal clip without using a hacksaw... there's a plastic cap piece that pops off, and on my 2010, that metal clip was holding the cap on the knob, and had nothing to do with the holding the knob on...

Seriously, I spent about an hour looking for what was holding on the knob before google cheating the clip holds the trim piece on...
I was referring to the clip as shown in my pic of post #6, here

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