Decided to replace the gear knob on my 2008 GT 1.9JTM Cloverleaf as the old one was looking tatty and cutting into the skin a bit due to the silver coating coming off.
Decided on the Richbrook as seemed to look good, only cost £13.80 and people said it seems to fit reasonably well with some tweaking – here is my experience and a few photos
Used grips to remove old knob. After some partially successful twisting I found that it is just a normal screw thread holding it in place with some sort of resin to stick it. Unscrewed with assistance of the grips without issue.
Fitting the new one is a bit trickier. The recess in the new knob is about .5mm smaller diameter than the lift up part on the stick that needs to pull up into the knob when you reverse. You can make the diameter greater using various methods but I took it slow with a round file - slow twisting the knob - emery paper to smooth off then a little brasso. This took me some time (maybe ½ hour) but eventually the lift up slid nicely into the underside of the knob. I would advise making the gap/play considerable more than you think necessary as must have a slightly skewed fit of the new knob on the stick when I tighten it up and this means the lift does not automatically slip back down under the spring pressure after reversing and I have to do it manually. No great hardship but I hope in time it will ease in a bit more or I may have another go with the file if I get a free Saturday.
So to fit the new knob there is a grub screw (point it to the back of the car) but you will also need a small collar (not supplied) as the hole in the knob is bigger than the screw thread buy 2/3 mm. It took some patience but I made a collar out of PolyMorph (really cheap on ebay – melts in boiling water and sets hard). The collar was made a snug fit in the knob hole and then snug fit over the stick thread – don’t rush this as its worth getting it right. Tightened the Allen screw and bingo, its on, pretty straight, feels good, and it looks great.
Note: I didn’t choose to use any glue or mastic etc. as I thought if I ever need to remove it or if I stuck it on wrong it would be hard to go back. Also be aware that as this is a metal (Aluminium) gear knob it will get warm under the hand with use but be quite cold in the winter!!
Couple more photos later (car at Garage and old knob in shed and its raining