AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: idle to 7500rpm
The gear knob can be removed by cutting only the base (of the gear knob, not the stick), not the whole thing. But it does take time to pull off without exerting too much pressure to the linkage down below.
The new gear knob should come with rubber adaptor(s) so that it fits snuggly over the gear stick.
The handbrake lever can also be removed, quite a few guys I know have changed theirs to Momo ones. Unfortunately I don't have pictures to show you.