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Old 06-04-2002, 10:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Kartboy knuckleball shift knob

got my knuckleball in the fedex yesterday and put it on right away. Install is a simple 30-second affair that doesn't involve tools. Just pop the shift boot off the bottom of the old knob, unscrew it, the screw on the knuckleball and pop the shift boot over the lip.

First off, I LOVE the feel of this knob. It's actually about an inch shorter in total height than the stock knob so the shifter feels much shorter and more precise now. The way this knob feels in my hand is nothing short of awesome and the brushed aluminum really adds a lot to the interior of the WRX.


I rate this thing a 10/10.
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Old 06-04-2002, 12:41 PM   #2
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I have the same knob and really like it too. The only problem is, living in Colorado, it sure does get cold in the winter.
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Old 06-04-2002, 12:54 PM   #3
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It is definately much shorter than the stock knob. I think the knob alone can significantly reduce the throws on the stock linkage/rod.

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Old 06-04-2002, 07:45 PM   #4
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I love mine too! I got the whole shifter combo and I love the feel of the shifter and the knob. It makes shifting a pleasurable experience.
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Old 06-08-2002, 09:43 PM   #5
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Question Silver knob match '02 dash?

Does anyone have the silver knob in an '02? Does the knob match the silver trim on the dash?
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Old 06-09-2002, 07:55 PM   #6
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Does anyone have the silver knob in an '02? Does the knob match the silver trim on the dash?
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No silver metal is never going to match silver plastic. But I think it works well. I have a blue sticker on the knob too.

I put the kb ss in today...wow what a difference. Now I see what everyone is raving about. I find the shorter throw easier to time with the pedals and the knob feels better in my hand. Because the knob/shfter combo is a lot shorter than the OEM combo, the arm extension doesn't get in my way as much any more. I can shift with my arm instead of my wrist. it's moch more comfortable now.

Hooray for Kartboy!
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Old 06-15-2002, 12:39 AM   #7
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I've had the kb short shifter and bushings on for several months and received my knuckleball today. At first, the knob looked a bit small, but after rowing through the gears, the knob felt perfect. I can feel how there's less of a chance of misshifting as opposed to the stock knob. I didn't put the blue sticker on since the wifey hated it and I was afraid she might try to use 6th gear. Highly recommended!
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Old 06-15-2002, 01:07 AM   #8
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haha Yea you never want to use that 6th gear on the stock tranny when the car is in a forward motion..
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Old 06-22-2002, 12:50 PM   #9
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Had mine for months now. Wonderful. Highly recommended.
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Old 06-25-2002, 11:56 AM   #10
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I had one......but I took it off the other day just to feel the leather OEM knob again. And now I can't find my knuckleball. Time to get the credit card out and call Tom. Need some endlinks anyways!

If Kartboy makes it, I'll end up buying it.


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Old 09-09-2002, 10:16 PM   #11
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Finally got my knuckleball. Ordered on Wed, delivered on Sat. Thumbs up for Kartboy. Fast shipping and great product. The knob seems nearly an inch shorter than the factory knob - makes a shorter lever arm for a slightly shorter shift.
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Old 09-10-2002, 07:18 PM   #12
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The fit and finish of the knob is GREAT. it doesnt really heat up much either.Installation took 30 seconds as said before and the shifting feel is greatly improved and more precise. I hated the stock shifter when i test drove the car, and if it werent for me waiting 2 weeks for it to get to me (all the way from VA) I woulda enjoyed this product far sooner.

GREAT knob Kartboy!
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:48 AM   #13
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Got it today.
Knuckleball is just way too good.
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Old 09-14-2002, 05:29 AM   #14
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i got mine too. i like it so much that i can't help but hold it lol, that sounds wrong, but yeah, the quality is good. since i live in ak, i hope it wont freeze in teh winter time.

it also improved shifter feel slightly
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Old 10-09-2002, 02:44 AM   #15
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Does this look right? What do I do with that round silver thing?

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Old 10-09-2002, 02:33 PM   #16
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Can anyone post a pic of their knuckleball shift knob installed? Is ther an indentation for the kartboy sticker?
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Old 10-09-2002, 02:46 PM   #17
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Here you go. I had trouble with the glare. This is the only pic that shows the indentation.

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Old 11-14-2002, 03:06 PM   #18
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I hate to play the devil's advocate...but I hated my knuckleball. I have the stock shifter setup, and it just didn't feel good in my hand...very unnatural. It's all personal preference, and I just didn't like it...

Another thing I didn't like is how damn cold it was in the AM. I get up for the gym at 5:30, and that thing is FROZEN. I kept it on for a day and then sold it to someone else here.

There's nothing wrong with the product, I just didn't like the feel...stock will work for now...
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Old 11-14-2002, 04:55 PM   #19
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I'm with you on that. Doesn't feel right to me and very "slippy".
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Old 11-19-2002, 02:36 PM   #20
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Got and installed mine last night and I just love it. It is way lower than stock but even with the arm rest extension that isn't a problem. It was a little cold this morning but I usually drive with gloves on this time of the year anyways so I didn't notice it one bit. Works great for shifting if you just "grab and flick" like I do. Now to get my shifter bushings installed
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Old 11-30-2002, 11:08 PM   #21
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You think that the cold is all you have to worry about.

Just wait till you touch that thing in july after you car has been in the sun. Talk about an afternoon quicky. You will be looking all over you car for a rag or face towl to through on that thing just so you can hold it.

Do not get me wrong it looks good and feels kind of cool. But it was to much of a pain.
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Old 12-04-2002, 05:30 AM   #22
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I'm not trying to be an a$$, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've seen a lot of the posts in this thread say that they can feel a shorter throw with this knob, but I don't see exactly how a knob can have any effect on the throw length, since thats all got to do with the lever and linkage.
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Old 12-04-2002, 10:00 AM   #23
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You think that the cold is all you have to worry about.

Just wait till you touch that thing in july after you car has been in the sun. Talk about an afternoon quicky. You will be looking all over you car for a rag or face towl to through on that thing just so you can hold it.

Do not get me wrong it looks good and feels kind of cool. But it was to much of a pain.
I never found that my KB knob ever became uncomfortably hot this summer. But, this knob is cold in the winter.

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Old 12-04-2002, 01:14 PM   #24
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just a word of warning lads if you ever post on scoobynet never say" someone's got a great knob "or" you like the way it feels in your hand"! it takes on a whole new meaning in the UK.......LMAO
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Old 08-05-2003, 10:55 PM   #25
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I'm not trying to be an a$$, and please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've seen a lot of the posts in this thread say that they can feel a shorter throw with this knob, but I don't see exactly how a knob can have any effect on the throw length, since thats all got to do with the lever and linkage.
A shorter stick at the same pivot point will move a shorter distance at the top while subtending the same angle.
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