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Old 05-08-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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besthaticouldo Shift Knob Review



Today I got my shift knob from besthaticouldo. It is made from a sold hunk of steel and is beyond beefy. Seeing it and picking it up will instantly surprise you. It is extremely heavy for it's size. The knob is fully machined and includes the proper threading for Subaru fit, and has a boot retainer clip machined right in (it is made from a single piece of metal). The knob is finished with a really nice powercoated finish. Mine is a "satin" texture, and it looks and feels great. The knob is flawless, any possibly anomaly you may think you see is merely from the photography.

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Stock WRX knob vs. besthaticouldo knob:



Note that the bestthaticouldo knob is wider than the stock WRX knob. This gives a nice solid feel in your hand. I don't have very large hands (Medium glove size), but I think it feels very good when driving. I didn't mind the stock knob, but this feels even better.

Stock WRX knob, "STI" Duracon (plastic) knob, and besthaticouldo knob.



First let me say that I thought I might like a plastic knob, but after having one, I am not impressed at all. They are simply way too light. No matter what you do, they'll always end up feeling "cheap". Unless you are really after a certain "look" knob and don't want to spend a lot, I wouldn't recommend a plastic/polymer knob. If you've handled one before and you do like it, then go for it, but it's not my preference. Here are the weights of the knobs.





"STI" Duracon (Plastic) Knob: 105 grams (0.23 lbs)
Stock WRX Knob: 229 grams (0.51 lbs)
besthaticouldo Knob: 671 grams (1.48 lbs)

A round plastic knob is probably going to be similar in weight or possibly lighter. It really does feel light enough to change how shifts feel compared to stock. I am not a fan. On the other hand the besthaticouldo knob is a beast. It is nearly 3x as heavy as stock. I am really impressed with how nice it feels.

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This is a bit decieving because the height once installed on the car isn't dependant on the distance from the bottom of the boot retainer to the top of the knob, it only depends on the distance from the top of the threaded hole (inside the knob) to the top of the knob. The stock knob looks much taller in the photo, but once installed on the car, the besthaticouldo knob only sits a hair lower.

But since it is a shorter knob overall you can adjust you shifter to sit much lower (if you have an adjustable shifter like the COBB/MODE). If you have a fixed height shifter you could trim it off quite a bit more than with the stock knob. If you did this (adjustment or cutting) then the knob would sit a lot lower. It is nice that it gives you the option to have a similar shifter height to stock, but also allows you to go lower if you'd like.
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Stock vs. besthaticouldo



As you can see, the stock knob does sit slightly higher than the besthaticouldo knob. I have the MODE (COBB) adjustable shifter and the top section is adjusted right to the groove that's cut into the rod (medium/tall height). Both knobs are threaded all the way down onto the shifter, but you can see that the bottom of the stock knob sits lower (because it is longer). The besthaticouldo knob's overall height isn't much shorter, but it would allow me to go much lower than the stock knob if I wanted to.



Once you actually start driving, this knob really shines (duh!). All that extra mass pays off the first time you shift a gear. I have the COBB/MODE shifter set for a fairly short throw, and I also have the Kartboy front and rear bushings. Prior to the knob my throws were quite short and had very little slop, but they were a bit notchy. The heavier knob does an excellent job of getting rid of this. The throws are still just as short and slop-free, but they are so much smoother. The next gear just flips into place with ease.

Here's a video of it in action:


Shifts are very quick and smooth. No missed shifts at all. When just cruising around town it feels great too. 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th almost feel like the car shifts for you! Once the momentum of the knob gets moving, it just slides right into the next gear. The knob is a bit different shape than stock (obviously round instead of contoured), but I'm sure most people will have no trouble getting used to that shape. I really like the satin finish on mine, but the gloss finish he has done on other knobs looks great too. Overall I'm super happy with the shift knob! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice heavy knob to go on their shifter!

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Where do I buy one?
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #6
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Looks a lot like the LatheWerks knob I got recently but I think mine's a little lighter at 550 grams. After getting a heavier knob, I would never go back to anything lighter. Friend of mine gave me a pair of baby socks her newborn outgrew to put over the knob in the summer and winter, lol. That thing gets so frickin hot and so frickin cold. Anyway, nice work besthaticouldo.
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Yeah, this is probably the heaviest ball knob I've seen. I think it's a little larger OD than most others. I might have to try the baby sock idea if it ends up getting too hot/cold. So far the powdercoat seems to be doing a good job normalizing the temp. The only downside with the baby socks is that all the ones I have are pink! Haha.
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How does the finish stand up to heat/cold. I had an Agency Power knob and while I loved it, it was too damn cold or hot in the seasons.
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I might have to try the baby sock idea if it ends up getting too hot/cold. So far the powdercoat seems to be doing a good job normalizing the temp. The only downside with the baby socks is that all the ones I have are pink! Haha.
This is actually a temporary solution because I'm probably going to have a friend knit a little cap with a drawstring to put over it, lol. Custom crochet shift knob FTW
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Yeah, I'm going to keep an eye on the heat/cold issue. If it's not useable due to temp, I'm not really sure what I'll do. I don't see myself putting a sock or other cloth item over it long term.
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Like xluben, I live in the frozen northland. The cold in the winter is nearly unbearable, and the heat in the summer if the knob is in the sunlight is equally unpleasant. I would love a leather wrapped version. I have even thought about dipping in rubberized dip (either the kind for tool handles or bed liner), but I think that would only work a little bit.
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I had to talk myself out of buying one of these. My car currently needs other go-go-parts before I can turn attention to things like shift knobs. When it's running again I hope to buy one.
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i have the red one in my car, it was 90 here yesterday. i left my windows up, everything. the temp sensor when i got in my car said 98*. touched the knob, it was warm, but not hot. its actually 2 coats of powdercoat, not just one. don't skimp on the details man!
Good to know. One of these days it will actually get warm around here...

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Like xluben, I live in the frozen northland. The cold in the winter is nearly unbearable, and the heat in the summer if the knob is in the sunlight is equally unpleasant. I would love a leather wrapped version. I have even thought about dipping in rubberized dip (either the kind for tool handles or bed liner), but I think that would only work a little bit.
Interesting idea. Plasti Dip was originally intended for coating tool handles. I have some of that I could try if I think it's necessary. And it should come off if I end up not liking it.

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I had to talk myself out of buying one of these. My car currently needs other go-go-parts before I can turn attention to things like shift knobs. When it's running again I hope to buy one.
Yeah, the shift knob wasn't the first thing on my list, but now that I have it, I am really happy with how it feels!
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I had to talk myself out of buying one of these. My car currently needs other go-go-parts before I can turn attention to things like shift knobs. When it's running again I hope to buy one.
i think the thing connects you to the transmission qualifies as a go-go part. but if you're car isn't even running then that's a different story
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Looks awesome. I have a stailness knob from WC and it doesn't get too bad in the heat/cold so I assume this will be even better since mine is polished... Emailed!
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i agree it is. lol

also my philosophy is what do your hands touch most in the car, wheel and knob. why not make them completely bada$$
Absolutely. I really mean it when I say that I had to talk myself out of contacting you to buy one. It's just that my car...well...it doesn't move right now; the engine is almost out because the head gaskets need to be replaced...among other things that I will undoubtedly find on the way in. As soon as it does move, I will be buying a nice heavy shift knob from you, I hope.
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beautiful knob!

besthaticouldo - do you have any other designs in the works? (tear drop, piston shape etc) or other fitments? (sti reverse ring compliant, other thread sizes for other cars)

what's a general price range for these?

-sean
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beautiful knob!

besthaticouldo - do you have any other designs in the works? (tear drop, piston shape etc) or other fitments? (sti reverse ring compliant, other thread sizes for other cars)

what's a general price range for these?

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I'm curious about these questions as well. Seems like a great product. Not sure how I did not know about this 3 weeks ago. You must be a knob ninja.
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beautiful knob!

besthaticouldo - do you have any other designs in the works? (tear drop, piston shape etc) or other fitments? (sti reverse ring compliant, other thread sizes for other cars)

what's a general price range for these?

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I'm curious about these questions as well. Seems like a great product. Not sure how I did not know about this 3 weeks ago. You must be a knob ninja.
at the moment, i am only running the ball. its a 2.15" diameter ball made from a solid hunk of steel.

other designs, yes, i am definitely working on new designs. i have a few others that i am thinking about. i want to make something that is going to set me apart from everyone else. i dont have anything for other cars yet, i will be basically going where demand takes me. as far as the STi, yes, i am working on that. i have a few friends that are going to prove my prototype and then i will be able to release it to market.

how you didn't know about this 3 weeks ago, ben is the first one outside of my local buddies to get a knob.

gimme 1 minute and i'll have an STi rendering for you guys!
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Here you guys go, preview of STi knob.


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Wow, look cool! I wish I had an STI!
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Here you guys go, preview of STi knob.


Make mine red for a 6-speed.
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there will be color options for the 6speed car for sure.
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what would price be? 6 speed would be nice as i don't need the boot retainer. white would be fantastic as well (:
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