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How to change gear knob

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by piccolaninfa, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. piccolaninfa

    piccolaninfa Copenworld Newbie

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    Hello fellow Copen lovers :)

    Just got my first Copen and would like to change gear knob as it's not as new as it could be... Does anyone know how does it goes off, do i simply twist it or do you have to push/twist etc. Can't seem to find any info on internet and don't want to break it into my first week owning one :)

    Thanks in advance :p
     
  2. trustafox

    trustafox Copenworld Guru

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    yes just twist it anti-clockwise
     
  3. DaG

    DaG Copenworld Guru

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    As said just twist it, wear a rubber glove if it's very tight. Alternatively a hacksaw will remove it.:D
     
  4. dsb

    dsb Copenworld Regular

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    mine started to twist off easily the other day when I gave it a try - maybe the previous owner had already replaced it.
     
  5. RHD

    RHD Copenworld Member

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    He he

    Mine needs pulling, never mind twisting! Ouch!!
     
  6. JBP

    JBP Copenworld Newbie

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    I have just replaced my gear cover looks great
    Re the gear knob twist anti-clockwise also pull up pressure as you do it
    and use a rubber glove they are very tight. Hope you have success
     
  7. Number6

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  8. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    I did this; got what I thought was a good Momo knob. I wasn't impressed with the rubber insert/grub screws supplied. Tightening it enough to stay put will bugger the thread, making it difficult to screw on another one later on. Anyway, the new knob added way too much length to the gear stick and ruined the whole driving experience. In disgust, I removed it and put the corroded original one back on.

    Then I remembered I had a whole brand new set of pool balls somewhere. I found them after a lot of digging (you should see my place), and was all set to drill and tap the 8-ball, when I discovered that I have 12mm taps pitch 1.75 and 1.5, but not 1.25. Rats. I noticed that one of our colleagues here has pool balls already drilled and tapped, but I'm way down here in Australia, and I fear the postage would be prohibitive. Anyway, I have a lunch date on Sunday with my sculptor friend who has every kind of tool imaginable, plus some others. If he can't find the tool he needs, he makes one. Piece of cake, he says. I also had reservations that an 8-ball gear knob might be a bit twee, but same sculptor friend says no, it's alright.
     
  9. shane

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  10. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    @shane
    Yes, I saw that one and was tempted, but it would have been a bit pricey to get it down here, and then there's the waiting... Strange, but I can't seem to find anything else that looks suitable anywhere else on ebay. That's interesting about the nut. I might have to do something similar with the 8-ball. I'm hoping the gearstick doesn't end up any taller than with the original knob. It's just the right height, imo.
     
  11. BarnsleyRob

    BarnsleyRob Copenworld Veteran

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    See how you get on with the 8 ball but I'm visiting Sydney next month and sometimes carry a gearknob for good luck.
     
  12. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    Just search for 12x1.25 shift knob on ebay, I got tons of results

    I had someone make a leather one with red stitching for me years ago...its still good :D
     
  13. freddyzdead

    freddyzdead Copenworld Regular

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    Hey Rob, if you get up to the lovely Central Coast, just north of Sydney, let me know and I'll pick you up in my Copen and show you around. As for the gear knob, I'd be happy with an original one, if I could get my hands on one.
     
  14. BarnsleyRob

    BarnsleyRob Copenworld Veteran

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    @freddyzdead
    If you find one on eBay over here, I don't mind ordering it and bringing it with me. I'm only in Sydney for a few nights with the missus otherwise I'd probably take you up on your offer.

    There's an eBay user called Gaz something based in Cardiff who seems to get a few bits and pieces and doesn't list them all so worth emailing. Alternatively, the link to the scooby version had some nice steel 5 speed alternatives.
     
  15. freddyzdead

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    Thanks for the offer; I'll let you know how it goes on Sunday with the 8-ball.
     
  16. freddyzdead

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    Here it is; not bad, if I do say so. Rather than drill and tap it, I drilled it out, half-filled it with epoxy putty and mashed it onto the gearstick. Oh; I smeared some Vaseline on the shaft first, to make it possible (perhaps) to get it off if I need to. It felt a bit big at first, but now it's just fine. (I've got big hands)

    IMG_20170319_183707.jpg
     
  17. Salieri

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    :O can I take a pressure washer to the interior of your car? :D
    8 ball looks good, but I think it would be too big for me
     
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  18. Vin Petrol

    Vin Petrol Copenworld Regular

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    If you fancy it, there's different sizes of pool/snooker balls, used to have a little folding table in my garage and I remember the balls were smaller than the pub and much smaller than the snooker club.

    Found this:
    1 7/8 inch balls - Home Toy Tables and Foldaways.
    2 inch balls - Most Pub , Club and Tournament 6, 7 and 8ft Tables
    2 1/16 inch balls - 12ft , Full Size Snooker Tables
    2 1/4 inch balls - American tables with oversized pockets

    Smallest size is is just under 1/8 inch bigger than the Subara knobs Shane linked to, I'd go check the standard knob size but it's freezing out there :p
     
  19. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    The original one is ~ 1 3/4 inch (4,4cm)
    I already have a leather shift knob ("baseball design" with red stitching)
     
  20. dunf

    dunf Copenworld Regular

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    I sell the pool ball gear knobs for the Copen on here. I've sent a couple to Australia previously . It actually wasn't as expensive to post as I feared. I use the junior balls as the full size ones are too big and look daft.
     

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