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Old 11-27-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Anarchy Motive Weighted Spherical Shift Knob Review (WRX 5 Speed)

Reposted from here (because no one would re-open this thread and change the title):

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2351863



Today I got my shift knob from Anarchy Motive. 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.

Anarchy Motive knob:



Stock WRX knob vs. Anarchy Motive knob:



Note that the Anarchy Motive 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 Anarchy Motive 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)
Anarchy Motive 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 Anarchy Motive knob is a beast. It is nearly 3x as heavy as stock. I am really impressed with how nice it feels.

Height comparison:



This is a bit decieving because the height once installed on the car isn't dependent 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 Anarchy Motive 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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Old 11-27-2012, 11:56 PM   #2
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Stock vs. Anarchy Motive



As you can see, the stock knob does sit slightly higher than the Anarchy Motive 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 Anarchy Motive 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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Old 11-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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Nice review. I bought one in the group buy and I'm very happy with it, for all the reasons you lay out. But I thought you had a knob that was even heavier than this one?
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:50 PM   #4
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awesome review, where can i get one
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:01 PM   #5
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email me at derrick@anarchymotive.com and I will take care of you.

Thanks.

Thanks a bunch for the awesome review xluben, glad you guys are enjoying the knobs!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #6
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How are these in the cold? I have the momo knob and the steel part of it is freezing until about 15 minutes into the drive.

Same question about hot weather. I had a hurst shifter in my mustang and in the summer I swear it branded my hand with the hurst logo a few times.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:43 PM   #7
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This knob has a real thick powdercoat on it, so it resists heat transfer a lot better than an aluminum or chrome knob. It still gets colder/hotter than a leather knob, but it's not unbearable. I used it all summer and didn't have a problem.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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Looks cool nice shots too!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:40 PM   #10
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How much do these sell for? Can't imagine them being as much as some shifter knobs.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:47 PM   #11
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How much do these sell for? Can't imagine them being as much as some shifter knobs.
They are higher quality than most other knobs, and work better than them too.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:52 PM   #12
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They are higher quality than most other knobs, and work better than them too.
Yeah definitely! The weight of the knob seems nice, how much do they run though?
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #13
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Yeah definitely! The weight of the knob seems nice, how much do they run though?
email derrick@anarchymotive.com and he'll let you know
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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I bought one of these off a friend and fellow enthusiast. It was unbelievable the difference I felt in my transmission shifting. It just glides into gear now.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:20 AM   #15
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How much does one of these guys cost? Not much info on the website. I think the links on the product page are not working.
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Chicago77, there a few group buys over in the vender group buy section which show prices depending on how many people order..anarchy should be starting another GB soon, I've PM'd them to be added to the next GB list
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:05 AM   #17
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I just ordered mine today!! I cant wait for it to arrive! i got mine in red for my 2011 wrx
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #18
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Got one a few months ago. Super slick shifting !!
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:54 AM   #19
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Will these have any issues if I have a kartboy short shifter? I know some shift knobs out there do, so I just want to make sure. I held one of these at a local shop and I really want to try one out.
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no. it'll fit fine.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:59 AM   #21
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Just picked up my Anarchy Matte Black Knob and love it. Shifts are finally as smooth I'd hope when gearing through my WRX. The weight, finish, and look...It's A Great Product.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:31 PM   #22
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Got my Gunemtal Anarchy Motive shift knob about a month ago now.

Pros:
-Nice and heavy, well machined, clean threads
-The gunmetal matches Dark Grey Metallic paint pretty accurately, certainly a plus.
-'reasonable price' when compared to other similar shift knobs

Cons:
-Near 3 month wait (attributed to extreme weather)
-A small chip has come off of the powder coating after a month of use. I don't wear jewelry and I have not hit the knob with anything so I do not know how it could have happened

Overall, if you're not a in a rush for the product, I would recommend picking one up. It's a nice addition to a daily driver from a stylistic POV as well as a functional POV. It certainly smooths out the shifts.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:37 PM   #23
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Shoot me a PM, I'll take care of the coating. It has a warranty on it man.

I'll recoat one and swap it for you.
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