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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Shift Knob

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $200

Talent:

*

Tools:

Screwdriver, crimps

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

Shift knob, boot

Hot Tip:

Careful removing clamp if you are reusing it

Performance Gain:

Cooler shifts

Complementary Modification:

Detail the interior

The shift knob along with the steering wheel gets more handling and wear and tear than almost anything else inside the car. While the knobs tend to wear okay the boot itself can get very tattered and worn over time. Replacing the knob and boot can go a long way towards freshening up your interior. Replacing the stock knob with an after market one is also one of the most popular upgrades you can perform on the car.

Removal of the knob and boot is easy and straight forward. The only thing you really need to be conscious of is if you plan on reusing the clamp that holds the knob to the stock you will need to use caution when removing it. New knobs come with a new clamp.

As you can see here our project cars shifter boot has seen better days.
Figure 1

As you can see here our project cars shifter boot has seen better days. Begin removal by pushing the rear of the boot towards the front of the car (red arrow).

Once the boot has cleared the rear lift up the back of the boot (red arrow).
Figure 2

Once the boot has cleared the rear lift up the back of the boot (red arrow).

The front of the boot has a ridge in it that sits in the front of the shifter opening.
Figure 3

The front of the boot has a ridge in it that sits in the front of the shifter opening. If you try and lift this before sliding the boot forward and up you will break this ridge off. Make sure this ridge is seated first when reinstalling.

Lift the boot up over the knob (red arrow) to expose the clamp holding the knob on.
Figure 4

Lift the boot up over the knob (red arrow) to expose the clamp holding the knob on.

There is a crimp clamp holding the knob onto the shaft.
Figure 5

There is a crimp clamp holding the knob onto the shaft. If you are reinstalling the original knob use care and carefully pry this clamp apart so you can reuse it. If you are installing a new knob it should come with a new clamp so you can just pry the old one off. With the clamp removed pull the knob up and off the shaft. Installation is the reverse of removal

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