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Old 04-02-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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DIY : M6 shift knob removal on a 2013

I recently put my MGW shifter into my 2013 2SS M6. I originally installed it my 2010. Back then, the instructions were to simply pull up hard on the knob and wiggle it until it popped off. Once the knob was loose, you simply pushed down on the plastic trim ring for the top of the shifter boot and it seperated from the bottom of the knob.

When I started trying to yank the knob off of my 2013 it wouldn't budge. Recognizing there must have been a change, I put out a thread asking for help. Forum member Minge came to my aid and told me there was a screw below the trim piece. He told me you had to wiggle and turn the plastic collar and push it down to access the screw. Knowing this, I went back and mis-interpretted his instructions and promptly broke two little tabs off of my collar for the boot.

No worries for me as my install doesn't re-use the collar, but I thought I'd put this thread up for those that need to or those that simply don't want to ruin anything.The trick to the collar is to lift a little, turn it counter-clockwise a bunch (like a quarter of a turn!) while pulling it down, away from the shifter knob. Wiggling and pulling no longer does it.

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Old 04-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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Were you able to re use your leather boot for the hurst?
How did you get the coller off the boot?
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for posting this...it was my fault you broke your collar my instructions were not very clear. You did a much better job.

It is nice to see so many people rake the time to post things like this it is so helpful to others.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #4
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Your advice helped a bunch. I just added the details you really couldn't get without a picture. Thanks, again!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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Were you able to re use your leather boot for the hurst?
How did you get the coller off the boot?
I put in a MGW. My retro knob shaft has a diameter with a groove machined into it. After removing the collar you invert the boot and pull it up over the knob so the bottom edge is just below the groove. You then put a zip tie into the groove and pull it tight. The stock 2010 boot and collar are done this way.

The 2013 collar has a chrome half and a black half that is hidden under the boot. There are 4 little locking tabs holding the two together. You pit a few little screw drivers under the tabs and the halves will seperate. The boot is sandwiched in with a bit of trim glue but if you pull slow and careful it will seperate.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #6
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^^^^^^^^ Thanks!!!^^^^^^^
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #7
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:13 AM   #8
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Thanks. The goal was to help "even if it was one person". Lol

Glad I did.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:58 PM   #9
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Omfg I have spent over an hour trying to get the knob out with force. Took three guys and it never budged. I love you (no homo) for this thread!
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #10
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This is great. Ill be changing mine to a white ball and couldn't figure this out. Thanks
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:37 PM   #11
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LMAO. Thanks for the props. I know I pulled on mine until I was sweating and my hands hurt because my 2010 just yanked off. I figured it would help someone. I've managed to score three or four wins. I still love C5. Much more useful than Fakebook!
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #12
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Thank you. This made the install of my new shift knob so easy.

Some helpful tips, the bit needed is a T25 and about 90% of the force needed was used to rotate the shift boot trim ring, 10% of the force is needed to pull the trim ring up.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:48 AM   #13
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Agreed, on both points! Thanks.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:45 PM   #14
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Bringing up an old one here but this just saved me lots and lots of cursing. So THANKS!
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:05 PM   #15
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