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Old 05-16-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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im planning to change my shiftknob...but wondering how to make the shift boot not sag. almost everyone i know...their shift boot sags..when they put after market or take off the OEM shiftknob off...

How can u prevent that from happenening? PM me or continue this thread. thank you.
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Old 05-16-2006, 03:37 PM   #2
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The problem is more likely from installing a short shifter. I cut off the top of the boot with the plastic coupler and then zip tied it to the new knob.
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Old 05-16-2006, 04:38 PM   #3
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my car does not have short shifter.

also my previous car did not have shortshifter, and neither did my friends' so what else could be the problem? and why wouldnt it stay in place? instead sags down and looks bad...
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Old 05-16-2006, 05:05 PM   #4
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In many factory shift boots, there is a plastic clip at the top of the boot that hooks onto the bottom of the shift knob that keeps it in the right place. When you use an after market shift knob, there usually isn't a place for the clip on the boot to attach since they're from different manufacturers. The expensive way is to get a shift boot that matches your new shift knob...momo is known for offering these, then they clip together. The inexpensive way is to either zip tie the top to the shift lever like flanders said, or use a light layer of silicone to secure top of the shift boot to the lever. (only a light layer so if you pull hard enough, you can still separate the boot from the shift lever)
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Old 05-16-2006, 06:18 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice. One more thing...lets say if i do take off the stockknob...will it damage the clip? or can i put back the OEM just like the way it was on originally?
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:18 PM   #6
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It won't damage anything, there's just a plastic collar in the top of the stock boot that is a tight fit on the bottom of the stock knob. Just pull a bit firmly and they'll pop apart, push a little firmly and they'll pop back together.

Another option (the way I'm doing it now) is to put a 12mm-1.25 nut and washer on the shift lever. Screw the nut all the way down the threads, then put the washer on top of it. Then put the shift boot on so that the washer holds that plastic collar up against the bottom of your new knob. You might need to experiment a bit with how high to put the nut - it'll depend on how far your shift knob threads on.

I've also used the zip-tie technique (kind of). I actually used some fishing line tied nice and tight, worked pretty well.

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Old 05-17-2006, 02:38 AM   #7
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I cut off the little plastic ring (That is part of the OEM shift knob) and "Super glued" it to the bottom of the new knob......as Patrick Olsen said...put a small washer over the threads and screw on the new knob.....the washer prevents the little plastic ring from moving and "Voila".....no more shifter boot droop!!! This is from my 20002 RS but it worked the same on my LGT
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:25 AM   #8
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I have sag due to my shortthrow, but the Kartboy Knuckball has the same retaining "design" as the OE knob (in my car)... so I have no shift knob related boot sag.

Good luck.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:00 PM   #9
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I like sag, actually.

Just not in women (or myself!)
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:20 PM   #10
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I found you don't even need the washer. The boot should bit snug around the nut itself. It may slip down from time to time, but I didn't have a problem.

Here's my recommendation. I bought one of those cheapo shift knobs that has the 3 set screws to hold it in place. I inserted a rubber hose that fit snug around the shift lever, and that was snug inside the shift knob. These usually have a little cover thing that threads on at the bottom to hide the set screws. Well with the set screws in place (threading into the already snug rubber tubing) the shifter doesn't move at all. A little loctite makes sure that the allen screws don't back out. Then take the boot and slip it up over the threaded part of the base of the shifter. Super tight fit and looks great. I'll have to get some pics.

Mine is sort of like this one, only with out the top engraving. You can see the collar on the bottom. I just never put that on the knob. I think it cost me $10 at advance auto too.

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