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Old 07-07-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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M6 shifter knob - anyone have issues with the design?

I'm guessing that after a year or so of rowing the gears, M6 owners like myself are going to regret the baseball stitching on the shifter knob. I'm thinking the stitching is going to become soiled and stained. Any of you have this concern?

See the pics below of the shifters for the Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang. I think Chevy made a less than ideal design choice on the shifter knob - they should have gone with a metal, hard plastic, or ?
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
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that mustang ball is awesome! i want one of those (with proper pattern, of course) but i really like that font, matches the gauges, kinda.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:46 PM   #4
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Hey neighbor!

When is your car due? Agree with your comment. It looks good now but I suspect it will stain. I wonder if you can spray it with scotch guard or something? I wanted the hurst shifter but it wasn't availaible yet.

I got my 2SS Silver Ice on June 4.

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I can only imagine the burns I'd get from that metal mustang shifter on a hot, let alone warm day. In the winter it would be freezing too. Though it is kinda cool. I just like the hurst shifter and hope it or a nice replacement will be out soon.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #7
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Hey neighbor!

When is your car due? Agree with your comment. It looks good now but I suspect it will stain. I wonder if you can spray it with scotch guard or something? I wanted the hurst shifter but it wasn't availaible yet.

I got my 2SS Silver Ice on June 4.

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Car is due in Sept/Oct (long story short - cancelled at one dealership and reorder over the 4th holiday). Good idea on the Scotchguard - I will do this during the first week of ownership. I, too will be getting the aftermarket Hurst billet/plus shifter when it becomes available.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:57 PM   #8
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I can only imagine the burns I'd get from that metal mustang shifter on a hot, let alone warm day.
Yep. Going to be 115 degrees this next week here in the vast Sonoran desert. I still like the metal better, or possibly leather without the stitching.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:58 PM   #9
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I don't have a problem with the shifter knob, but the cup holder location is a bit annoying with a 64 ounce big gulp and straw in the way...
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:59 PM   #10
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Roger that on the 115. I'm headed to Sedona on Sat to take some nice photos and beat the heat.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:00 PM   #11
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Yep. Going to be 115 degrees this next week here in the vast Sonoran desert. I still like the metal better, or possibly leather without the stitching.
Yeah was pretty dang hot today, think it was 112dg, that's what the cars guage said on the stereo...
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:01 PM   #12
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There are a lot of great aftermarket shift knobs out there. I will probably pick up one or two and experiment with some different shapes and sizes to see what I like best. I like what GM came up with here because it would have been easy to throw something from the parts bin on there but instead they created something special for this car. That is one of the things I like about the entire car. Very little on the interior is out of the standard GM parts bin.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:05 PM   #13
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I don't have a problem with the shifter knob, but the cup holder location is a bit annoying with a 64 ounce big gulp and straw in the way...
Pretty much any standard shift vehicle I've owned in the "cup holder" era has been very difficult to shift around a 64 ouncer.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:11 PM   #14
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There are a lot of great aftermarket shift knobs out there. I will probably pick up one or two and experiment with some different shapes and sizes to see what I like best.
Sadly, you won't be able to use any of the aftermarket shifters that are out now. I thought the same as you, but the Camaro shifter is press-fitted on to the shaft as opposed to being threaded on.

I wanted to use a Tremec shift knob, but alas it won't happen.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:47 PM   #15
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I don't have a problem with the shifter knob, but the cup holder location is a bit annoying with a 64 ounce big gulp and straw in the way...

I found that pretty annoying too, even with a single small bottle of water.
it is just in the way.
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:38 PM   #16
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My shifter in my GTO has the same stitching, 5 years and 40,000 miles and still looks brand new
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:06 AM   #17
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I have small hands so the OEM shifter knob will be one of the first things replaced with a hurst STS or something similar. It felt way too bulky when I test drove one @ Carlisle
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:32 AM   #18
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I love the stitching. I love the look. I just don't like the size.

I MUCH prefer the Hurst shifter of the 4th Gen era. TEN GABILLION times better!
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:40 AM   #19
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I didnt like the shifter at first, but now I love the car so much i have kind of forgotten about it. I plan on getting the hurst when it comes out, that way i can change the ball to whatever I want. And as long as you have a stick good luck with cup holders. Although my 2000 TA had a pop out cup holder that popped out to the right of the counsel.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:48 AM   #20
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solution = Hurst shifter when available
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:50 AM   #21
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mine has a little darkening in the stictching at 1600, I am moving to the hurst witht he black know though when it comes.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:13 PM   #22
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I'm not thrilled with the shift knob, I think my old beater Nissan truck had a more comfortable one... hopefully the Hurst will take care of this problem.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:39 PM   #23
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My Saab is ten years old and that leather wrapped shifter have been use heavily and is only now starting to show signs of wear with the stitching being a bit thready. The Camaro's is higher quality is higher so I wouldn't be worried.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:34 PM   #24
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My GTO had a metal top plate and that thing got pretty darn hot. It's a wonder I don't have the shift pattern burned into my palm. Had a GMM race shifter so a bit more force was needed to shift over stock.

I like the shifter, but then again with the little force required, I shift with my fingertips for 2,4,6 and lower palm for 1,3,5 so I don't touch it much.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:35 PM   #25
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i'm planning on a hurst shifter anyway with a metal-type shift knob replacement. These will be all over the market soon.
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