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Manual Shift Knobs You Have Known & Loved

Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Afternoon Folks,

At some point here, I will be changing the OEM Toyota shift knob on my manual transmission shift lever to something different.  Given that there are so many different shift knob shapes, weights, textures, and materials, I don't want to make ---- possibly multiple ---- purchasing mistakes. So, before I make any purchases, I thought that I would ask folks to provide helpful feedback (including: knob shape, weight, and material; where their shift knobs can be bought; plus approximate knob purchase price) on knobs that they have used and really liked.

Yes I know that shift knob preference is highly subjective and, sometimes, can be almost impossible to quantify!

Additionally, I was going to see if there was any interest in setting up a "Shifter Knob Exchange?"

The way I envision the "Knob Exchange" is to model it after a pistol grip exchange  --- almost everybody who is into shooting pistols competitively have multiple pistol grips in their gun boxes --- I am familiar with from a gun forum I participate in. How It Would Work: if you have a knob you no longer use you could offer it for loan (later possibly, for sale), so that other forum members have an opportunity to "Try Before You Buy." Folks wanting to "Test Drive" your shift knobs would be responsible for putting a deposit down (if you so prefer) and paying two way shipping costs in full.

Please let me know your thoughts!

BTW, I just have the OEM 5 speed transmission shift knob, which I have been using on my 6 speed M/T.

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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I have never used one of the Custom Redback Spider Shift Knobs ( http://www.customredback.com )  ---- approximately $94 in US dollars ----, but I sure like the way they look!

Redback 1
Redback 2
Redback 3

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2019 12:18 pm
dev
 dev
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I have the Audi TT shifter knob which I like very much. Very nice hard leather and it feels right in the hand.  It has a OEM look that is unassuming and not a themed.   

 

 

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Posted : August 25, 2019 4:54 pm
haloruler64
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I love my TRD Duracon knob. I used to be all about weighted knobs. Then I finally found this new for $100 after searching for ages and picked it up. It's super light, and I actually like it a lot. 

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2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder, 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback 6MT

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Posted : August 25, 2019 4:59 pm
CSPIDY
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Posted by: @not-2-old-for-2-seater

I have never used one of the Custom Redback Spider Shift Knobs ( http://www.customredback.com )  ---- approximately $94 in US dollars ----, but I sure like the way they look!

Redback 1
Redback 2
Redback 3

 

I have one, on a yellow base, unfortunately I have not determined how to post pics. I added a yellow steering wheel center chicken to go with it.

if you decide to do it allow at least a month takes a while to clear customs.

the maker raises the spiders that he installs.

every once in a while it moves around, really freaks me out.

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Posted : August 26, 2019 8:23 pm
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Very cool!

How is the hand feel and weight?

Paul

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Topic starter Posted : August 26, 2019 8:56 pm
CSPIDY
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Posted by: @not-2-old-for-2-seater

Very cool!

How is the hand feel and weight?

Paul

It does well, feels comfortable, mine is on the stock shifter and I don’t see any diferance from the stock shifter knob other than it’s smooth and hard.

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Posted : August 27, 2019 8:19 pm
nocoolname
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I've got a weighted knob that a friend turned in a lathe for me on one spyder with a short shifter that I cut an inch off of.  I liked the feel of the whole setup quite a bit.  I've got a TRD leather knob for my other spyder but haven't installed it or the engine in that one. 

A suggestion I have is if you have a 6 speed, get the FRS/BRZ knob.  I really like it in my BRZ and the pattern matches the c series 6 speed as well.

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Posted : August 30, 2019 3:22 pm
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Actually the FRS/BRZ knob is the one that currently has caught my eye.  Like you say, it has the correct shift pattern.  I also like that it is one of the more weighty shift knobs out there.

 

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Topic starter Posted : August 30, 2019 3:33 pm
CSPIDY
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I finnally figured it out

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Posted : September 6, 2019 10:24 am
Not 2 Old For 2 Seater
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Very colorful!

Paul

 

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Topic starter Posted : September 6, 2019 11:33 am
ISpy
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I always wanted Redback - picked it all out with red and yellow, spider position everything. I just couldn't justify sight and feel unseen. So after playing with a friend's 2016

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Mustang GT, I bought an OE takeoff. Leather weighed, C66 6 speed shift pattern and comfortable.

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Posted : September 6, 2019 9:22 pm
DesertWanderer
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I bought this one from MR2Heaven (about $60} after seeing a pic of it on marsrock's car.

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Feels right, I think it is about 265 grams. With the TRD shifter the shifting is fabulous!

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Posted : September 7, 2019 4:51 pm
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