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Old 01-02-2014, 09:04 AM
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For those with Drake shift knobs.....

How did you retain them to the shifter shafts?

Got some for Xmas, both the auto trans and the transfer case. I assumed these would come with set screws for this purpose, but no luck. Is everyone gluing these in place or something? Or just letting them spin around freely to rattle and drive you nuts?

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It took me 15 seconds to find multiple answers to your question. I don't have one, but it looks like you use the stock screw under the rubber piece??

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I spent 20 minutes digging for a specific answer and found nothing....to reiterate, I'm talking retaining the aluminum Drake knobs to the shifter shafts.

There's not a single screw associated with either of my OEM knobs, so I'm not sure what you're getting at....
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Is it the one with the tire around it? Is yours a manual? There is a set screw under the tire
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Just saw you are auto... Hmmmm... I want these for my manual... Did you check under the tire on yours?
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I never messed with pulling the tires back.....duh.

I'll have to check later.
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Let me know on both, I am ready to order. I just want to know it is under the tires
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I have these on the shifter and 4wd shifter on my '13 Auto. There is a set screw under the rubber tire.
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Yep, set screws under the tire.

Kind of wish there had been some indicator of this in the packaging for both, would have saved some bandwidth.....

FYI, concerning the video posted above, there is no need to remove the top cap of the OEM shifter knobs. Just pry the lower retainer down and they pull straight up and off.
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I know on my 09 jk there is no set screws it just pops off and the new one sits on it. I have the manual tran though could be different for the auto. I just put a set a vice grips under the old knob put tape on the shaft and hit up with a hammer and off came the old one.
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Hey StrokersWild, do you mind posting some pics?

I just got an automatic Polar and was thinking of putting the Drake shift knob in mine as well. I put it in my manual Wrangler Unlimited and loved everything except the fact it was like shifting an ice cube in the winter. I have a Polar Edition now and I'm thinking of painting the knob white while keeping the rubber tire piece black.

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Crappy cell phone pic, but you get the idea.
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Crappy cell phone pic, but you get the idea.
Looks good. Thanks. Absolutely going to get the pair and paint them.
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Looks good. Thanks. Absolutely going to get the pair and paint them.
If you are going to paint them , then why not get the rugged ridge ones for half the price
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But then you don't get the nifty little tire tread grips.
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If you are going to paint them , then why not get the rugged ridge ones for half the price
I want the black and white contrast just like the rest of the interior. But good suggestion. I didn't know Rugged Ridge even made them.
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How are you planning on painting them? Just curious
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How are you planning on painting them? Just curious
Rustoleum makes aluminum primer. I can also use a self etching primer as a base. Then use a durable high quality top coat paint (haven't figure out what to use yet). My fear is that it will wear away over time due to daily repeated use. I'll absolutely post pics of the progress. I just didn't know what the Drake automatic shift knob looked like until a few days ago. Order placed. Now just waiting for parts to arrive to begin the painting process.
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The Drake knobs are allegedly clear anodized, so it should work better than if they were just bare machined aluminum.
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Done. That took a while. Did a base of self etching primer, then top coat, then found Permalac for the clear coat. Let's see how long this lasts.
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