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  Lazy Man's Shift Knob Removal Method
MNTim
03-28-2010
Okay so if you've ever tried to pull off the original factory-installed shift knob, you know it's not easy. On my E46 I damn near got a hernia doing it, and almost a black eye. I think the factory does more than just jam it on the post -- they probably use adhesive as well to make sure they stay on...
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By kiwi29 on 11-15-2011, 07:28 PM
i just put it in second, recline my seat and yank like i'm trying to get excaliber out of the stone
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By TotalPower on 11-22-2011, 08:33 PM
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well done my friend
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By SilverII on 11-22-2011, 09:27 PM
nice job
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By MakkkD on 12-26-2011, 09:49 PM
tried the push and yank today...impossible!
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By onebadmofo on 12-26-2011, 10:24 PM
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I popped mine off when shifted hard into 2nd once.
Best WTF moment ever. Holding the shift knob in your hand, looking back and forth between the knob and the metal post sticking out of the tranny, all while keep accelerating and spinning hard in second gear.
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By dbudh001 on 06-24-2012, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ********* View Post
Nice. Different, but nice. Once you get it off the first time, the second, third and so on is easier.
thats what she said
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By swin500 on 07-01-2012, 09:15 PM
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After reading this I had to try it myself... the thing pops right off. Doesn't appear to be held by any glue, just plastic pressure tabs inside the knob that click into the groove on the shift lever.
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By SpdKlzU on 11-24-2013, 05:55 PM
You sir are a genius! I couldn't get the f-ing thing off for the life of me. A quick google search found your thread and saved a whole lot of swearing. Thanks!
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By MNTim on 11-27-2013, 12:50 AM
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Good to hear it worked for you!
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By joebattle1 on 04-14-2014, 10:05 AM
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This is awesome. I just swapped my shifter knob yesterday as the one that came with my car was beat. I opened the sunroof and straddled both seats and pulled like hell. Not sure what i would have done with no sun roof.
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