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Old 12-28-2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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Just want a round shift knob!

I've done a ton of searching but haven't found a round shift knob (black or white) with the shift pattern that mates to the stock shifter shaft. I don't want the hassle, expense, or rattle issues of going to a whole aftermarket shifter. I just want a knob!

I know it is a press fit and would even entertain cutting some threads with a die but it seems the Hurst knobs have a 3/8th thread and the stock is around 1/2 in. Seems like too much material to remove with a die.

Any thoughts/suggestions? Maybe an opportunity for some business!

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Old 12-28-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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barton industries makes one-search for that on the forum
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:45 PM   #3
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The one that comes with the Hurst short-shifter is white and supposedly connects to the stock shifter. I have one if you want it.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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This is the ONLY ball that will mount directly to the factory shifter with out going to a short throw shifter. No shift pattern though.

http://bartonindustries.com/vp/JS-Li...70017649456250
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:34 PM   #5
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This is the ONLY ball that will mount directly to the factory shifter with out going to a short throw shifter. No shift pattern though.

http://bartonindustries.com/vp/JS-Li...70017649456250

so ugly would get the original shift knob before this. how hard can it be to make a white ball with the shift pattern on it?
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:42 PM   #6
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I've done a ton of searching but haven't found a round shift knob (black or white) with the shift pattern that mates to the stock shifter shaft. I don't want the hassle, expense, or rattle issues of going to a whole aftermarket shifter. I just want a knob!

I know it is a press fit and would even entertain cutting some threads with a die but it seems the Hurst knobs have a 3/8th thread and the stock is around 1/2 in. Seems like too much material to remove with a die.

Any thoughts/suggestions? Maybe an opportunity for some business!

Thanks
we have them ill post pics tomorrow!!!!

you have 2 options... 1 is ready the other in about a week...

the first option makes the height no taller than stock and requires you to modify your stalk a bit...VERY easy takes about 5 minutes with a saw or dremel tool...

option 2 will go right on sotck but will sit too high in my opinion...i dont like it.

stay tuned they look GREAT!!!!

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Old 04-13-2010, 11:18 AM   #7
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we have them ill post pics tomorrow!!!!

you have 2 options... 1 is ready the other in about a week...

the first option makes the height no taller than stock and requires you to modify your stalk a bit...VERY easy takes about 5 minutes with a saw or dremel tool...

option 2 will go right on sotck but will sit too high in my opinion...i dont like it.

stay tuned they look GREAT!!!!

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more details, please!!!
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:39 PM   #8
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ok here you go...

first option which to me is the only REAL way to go if you absolutely do not want to change out your shifter but want the classic retro look...

you have to modify your stock handle by basically chopping off the top key cut area of the shaft...you can do this quite quickly with either a dremel tool or metal saw...you dont have to be exact just get close to the end of the key cut as shown. then just make sure you deburr the shaft.

this allows the ball to sit basically the same height as stock...

i will be making one that is taller that you can put on the stock shifter with NO mods but i just think it will be so tall it will not shift well at all!!!

ok here are some pics and of course you can use ANY of our shift balls you like...

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Can you do the shift knob with a blue SS logo?
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:52 PM   #10
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Can you do the shift knob with a blue SS logo?
we have blue and hugger orange in stock now also...

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Old 04-13-2010, 04:01 PM   #11
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Do you have a link? Can't locate them on your site.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:03 PM   #12
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:25 PM   #13
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Wouldn't it be easier to just make knobs fit the stock slip-fit shaft ? Why is that so difficult ?
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:08 AM   #14
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Wouldn't it be easier to just make knobs fit the stock slip-fit shaft ? Why is that so difficult ?
it would be easier yes and we are making one but as i stated it will sit too high since the shaft on the stock setup is 9/16 in diameter the knobs would have to be made above that shaft as they do not have that large of a bore...


we already offer 2 knobs that fit stock on our site...the race knob and gripper knob.

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we have blue and hugger orange in stock now also...

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I don't see these on your site, can you post a link or send me more information?
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #16
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I don't see these on your site, can you post a link or send me more information?
we have them in stock...please call us at 706-793-1770 if you have any questions i will be updating the site very soon!

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Old 04-15-2010, 06:24 PM   #17
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it would be easier yes and we are making one but as i stated it will sit too high since the shaft on the stock setup is 9/16 in diameter the knobs would have to be made above that shaft as they do not have that large of a bore...


we already offer 2 knobs that fit stock on our site...the race knob and gripper knob.

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don't understand if you have 2 knobs that fit the stock shifter w/o mods....make a solid white (or any of the ones in your latest pics) that fits just like the race knob or gripper
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #18
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don't understand if you have 2 knobs that fit the stock shifter w/o mods....make a solid white (or any of the ones in your latest pics) that fits just like the race knob or gripper
ok ill clarify... the plastic shift balls have a 12mm thread in them.

the top diameter of the stock shaft is about 9/16" so it would not be able to fit inside the ball, the only option is to make the shaft TALLER than the oem shaft and then have the threaded portion that goes into the ball. this in my opinion makes the knob sit too tall.

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Old 04-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #19
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ok here you go...

first option which to me is the only REAL way to go if you absolutely do not want to change out your shifter but want the classic retro look...

you have to modify your stock handle by basically chopping off the top key cut area of the shaft...you can do this quite quickly with either a dremel tool or metal saw...you dont have to be exact just get close to the end of the key cut as shown. then just make sure you deburr the shaft.

this allows the ball to sit basically the same height as stock...

i will be making one that is taller that you can put on the stock shifter with NO mods but i just think it will be so tall it will not shift well at all!!!

ok here are some pics and of course you can use ANY of our shift balls you like...

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I'm very interested. Do you have any photos of either setup installed on a vehicle? Also, would you have a white ball with the V6 pattern on it? Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:34 PM   #20
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Now all we need is one of those round shifter knobs for an automatic.

I know... I have heard it all before, but the auto was a necessity (lost all nerve function in 1 leg in a jungle in a country I was never deployed to... )

but I still want the black ball with an orange SS in the top for an automatic.
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ok here you go...

first option which to me is the only REAL way to go if you absolutely do not want to change out your shifter but want the classic retro look...

you have to modify your stock handle by basically chopping off the top key cut area of the shaft...you can do this quite quickly with either a dremel tool or metal saw...you dont have to be exact just get close to the end of the key cut as shown. then just make sure you deburr the shaft.

this allows the ball to sit basically the same height as stock...

i will be making one that is taller that you can put on the stock shifter with NO mods but i just think it will be so tall it will not shift well at all!!!

ok here are some pics and of course you can use ANY of our shift balls you like...

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I'm very interested. Do you have any photos of either setup installed on a vehicle? Also, would you have a white ball with the V6 pattern on it? Thanks
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:13 PM   #22
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ok ill clarify... the plastic shift balls have a 12mm thread in them.

the top diameter of the stock shaft is about 9/16" so it would not be able to fit inside the ball, the only option is to make the shaft TALLER than the oem shaft and then have the threaded portion that goes into the ball. this in my opinion makes the knob sit too tall.

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The white and black balls that are made to fit the Corvette Hurst shifters are 9/16"-18 threads. Looks like you could cut the shaft down and thread it to fit a Corvette ball.
This ebay seller has lots of Hurst items at good prices.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Hurst...Q5fAccessories

Is the shift pattern for the V6 manual the same as the V8?

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Old 07-17-2010, 01:11 PM   #23
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George at MGW finished his solution which involves no cutting or modifications to the stock shifter at all. I think I have the first one and I LOVE it and can't say enough good things about the way it feels, the way it looks, the quality, George, MGW etc! You must buy this one if you want the retro look and feel but want no cutting and want to keep the stock shifter.


[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v327/blakealden/DS****65.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v327/blakealden/DS****72.jpg[/IMG]

I will post the details and more photos from different angles in a new thread soon.

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Old 07-19-2010, 07:21 PM   #24
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Tall balls

The new set up looks a good deal taller than the oem one. The retention of the 9/16" diameter shifter shaft, cutting it down, then rethreading it to accept the corvette ball seems the better solution.
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For MGW: I have the Hurst short throw shifter with the stock white ball. It's a little small for my hand; what size are your shift knobs, and will they fit a Hurst?
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