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Old 08-17-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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manaul shift knob removal

Anyone removed/replaced the shift knob on their manual JK? I've got a new one I want to put on, but I can't figure out how the stock one comes off, and I know if I push/pull/twist/turn too hard I'm going to bust something.

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Old 08-17-2009, 05:32 PM   #2
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i havent replaced a knob in a JK but according to this forum, the knobs for a JK just slide off. see if this helps...removing shift knob [Archive] - JK-Forum.com - The Ultimate Jeep JK Wrangler Bulletin Board

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:30 PM   #3
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No, they do not just pop off but they are easily removed.

Place the trans in 4th gear and pry off the lower plastic cup using a thin screwdriver and allow it to fall down the shifter shaft. Then pull on the knob.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:03 PM   #4
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like he said, you have to pull pretty hard, dont hit yourself in the face with it
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:15 AM   #5
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The key is get the lower "cup" removed. You "can" force it off without doing so but you may very well whack yourself in the face with it

Once the lower cup is removed the knob comes off very easily.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:16 AM   #6
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Anyone know where to get some nice replacement knobs that will fit?
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #7
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Anyone know where to get some nice replacement knobs that will fit?
If you want something a little funky & cool check out rocknob.com

They make a bombnob too. It's a pineapple grenade
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:44 PM   #8
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I still had a hard time removing the shifter knobs. I just didn't want to start hammering to get the knob removed..
The instructions I received with the LiteGrip billet knobs was to cut the OEM knobs, which I did..

As you can see from the pic, there is indeed a "retaining" clip holding the knob onto the shifter lever. Once you hacksaw the top and get to that clip, just remove it and the knob "slides" off..

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Old 10-29-2009, 11:48 AM   #9
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09 rubicon knob remover

i have a 09 jk rubicon and i want to change the shifter knob, but i've read so many posts and still can not figure it out.
plz help
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^ See your "knob removal" thread- good natured ribbing, and maybe even some advice

As for the manual trans shifter, as was said, just give 'er a good tug

The t-case is a bit more work. I recommend a wide chisel and a BFH with some beef behind it- Mark W.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:47 PM   #12
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Be careful with these so called "good tugs".. You don't want to damage anything in the shifter mechanism. Some of these clips will bite more into the shift lever with each blow or tug..

I did it the "safe" way and just cut the top of to remove that clip.. (see post #8) I you want to replace the shifter knobs, than I assume you don't need them anymore..
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just barely removed mine. with the the upper part of the knob intact and the lower cup already down it took surprisingly little force to slide up. having read the forums i was geared up for a battle. i slid on the shifter bezel assembly i was replacing and the knob slid back on with a little click, slid the lower cup back up and presto my factory shift knob is more or less unscathed. anybody wanna buy a black 2007 X with soft top?
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Manual Shift Knob Removal - JK

After much research and frustration I finally removed the shift knob from my 08 Wrangler.

I followed advice posted on a couple of things:
1) Pull up - Did not work as it requires a good deal of force. The other components of the knob came apart first so essentially I destroyed the top of the shift knob and need a new one. Good news is since it was destroyed I decided to experiment further.

2) Twist - You cannot twist as it is not threaded. It actually has a groove at the top of the rod that looks like the knob clips over it. Picasa Web Albums - Patrick

3) Wrench with towel around the base of the shift knob with and "guide" it off with a mallet. This did work but it required a few good bangs and it ended up causing minor scrape and gouge damage the shift rod. EVEN with the towel.

What I found to be the most effective is:

1) Remove the rubber lower cup with a small screw driver. Once the lower cup is removed you will see grooves around the shifter knob.

2) I placed a wide flat head screw driver (just wide enough to fit) in one of the grooves right on the shift knob towards the bottom. I gave the end of the screw driver a few short solid hits and the knob popped off.

Any damage caused here if NOT severe can be covered with the lower cup.
Be careful there is limited room for a mallet / hammer.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:54 PM   #15
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Yeah it does not just pull off like many people think, or at least mine didn't. I tried for multiple days to get this thing off and finally a broke out the hack saw. after finally removing it, there is a metal clip that holds the know to the shifter rod that makes it almost impossible to just pull off.
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You are telling me!!! I almost resorted to a saw.

I had to replace my shift boot because the design on this model wrangler is terrible. Which is why I wanted to try to salvage the shift knob.

It's plastic and basically the boot detached from the plastic ring. I fixed this by ordering an aluminum ring and drilled new holes into the plastic clip and re-attached the boot. This worked for 6 months or so until I hit a nasty bump on my way down the highway and I heard a snap. You guessed it, the entire plastic clip disintegrated. I ordered a new boot assembly which obviously is why I had have to remove the nob.

Not sure if anyone experienced this problem with the JK before or if it's just a defective part on mine.
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Ive had both t-case and shifter knobs off mine .the shifter was a lot harder ,t-case was easy .if you messed up the (handle) thats what chrysler calls them there about $13 bucks to replace.i scratched the hell out of mine putting my ipod cable in
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:18 AM   #18
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just got my knob off. i tried all the ones RedMountain said. the only one that worked was the wrench, towel and really big hammer. it took me a good 30mins to get it off. i guess jeep didnt want you to take it off
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Has anyone removed the Auto Shift knob 2007-2010 (looks like a honda civic shifter) and replaced with the 2011 auto shift handle? Any part number from Mopar?
In my opinion it looks so much better.
Drake makes one that looks ok but I am thinking about the original set up in the 2011.
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just got my knob off. i tried all the ones RedMountain said. the only one that worked was the wrench, towel and really big hammer. it took me a good 30mins to get it off. i guess jeep didnt want you to take it off
Good Job I know I was so relieved when I finally got mine off.
So what kind of knob are you putting on it?
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Where can I find a solid shifter shaft adapter (for 6sp jk) in order to put on a threaded shift knob? The notch on the end of the shaft would seem to me to pose a problem for the smaller adapters that I have seen (e.g. the Lo Dapt III adapter by gennie).

Or if anyone is using this adapter and has no problems, please let me know.
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Has anyone removed the Auto Shift knob 2007-2010 (looks like a honda civic shifter) and replaced with the 2011 auto shift handle? Any part number from Mopar?
In my opinion it looks so much better.
Drake makes one that looks ok but I am thinking about the original set up in the 2011.
I just removed my 2011 shift knob. Took a flat screwdriver between the leather and the bottom chrome piece, twisted and the bottom piece slid down the lever. The top slid right off. The bottom is some sort of a retainer that keeps the upper part in the slot. Very easy once I knew what to do. I'll post a picture of my bubinga duck call shift knob tomorrow when I can get some sunlight to hit it.
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I still had a hard time removing the shifter knobs. I just didn't want to start hammering to get the knob removed..
The instructions I received with the LiteGrip billet knobs was to cut the OEM knobs, which I did..

As you can see from the pic, there is indeed a "retaining" clip holding the knob onto the shifter lever. Once you hacksaw the top and get to that clip, just remove it and the knob "slides" off..

I pulled muscles in my neck trying to yank this thing off! I tried the crescent wrench and mallet method too with no luck. I started to worry that I was going to screw up the transmission! I ended up butchering the knob with a hacksaw. There are a few dings and scrapes on the shifter, but I sanded them out and will repaint this weekend.

I'm very happy with the final result!
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I pulled muscles in my neck trying to yank this thing off! I tried the crescent wrench and mallet method too with no luck. I started to worry that I was going to screw up the transmission! I ended up butchering the knob with a hacksaw. There are a few dings and scrapes on the shifter, but I sanded them out and will repaint this weekend.

I'm very happy with the final result!
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I just replaced my stock knob. There is a way easier way than the ones i saw here. Simply remove the 2 bottoms. Then the top ring around the part that shows the gear illustrations. Then stick a real skinny screw driver into the 2 slots on the sides and pull it up. After that simply remove the metal clip and slide the rest out. No damage done to the stock knob or the metal part of shifter.
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I just replaced my stock knob. There is a way easier way than the ones i saw here. Simply remove the 2 bottoms. Then the top ring around the part that shows the gear illustrations. Then stick a real skinny screw driver into the 2 slots on the sides and pull it up. After that simply remove the metal clip and slide the rest out. No damage done to the stock knob or the metal part of shifter.
no offense, but these are not aesthetic at all to me. guess the diversity of everyone's preferences is what makes the world go 'round though.
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no offense, but these are not aesthetic at all to me. guess the diversity of everyone's preferences is what makes the world go 'round though.
Yep we all like different things. That's what's great about jeep, so many ways to make it your own regardless of others' tastes.

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