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Old 03-15-2014, 07:29 PM   #1
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Made a new shift knob today

I made a Brass shift knob on a 2 axis cnc lathe today. Turned out pretty good, but still needs a little work. I had to make a little collar to hold up the shift boot, but didnt have a set screw, so for now its held up with a pipe clamp. The knob is just a perfect sphere with about .125 stump on the bottom, but i should have made that a little longer like on the stock knob because my fingers touch the boot a little. I think if I put a new ziptie in the top of the boot and tighten it up a little it wont be as bad. It sits about the same height as the old knob, but it sure is slippery, when I pull back on the shifter it feels like my hand is gonna slip off. If I polish it to a mirror finish it might be a little more grippy, what do you guys think? hows it look?


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Old 03-16-2014, 03:06 AM   #2
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Looks pretty great.
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Yeah very nice! I dunno about polishing it though, seems like that would make it more slippery?
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:51 PM   #4
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I'm not a huge fan of brass but that really looks good
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:50 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. Yea sleepy, i was thinking maybe it would make it more slippery. But at the same time if you think about rubbing your finger on chrome or a mirror, they are alot less porous, so your finger would get more traction on them compared to say stainless steel or steel.

I know for a fact that this thing will get hot as f during the summer and cold during the winter, so I'm gonna mill the bottom part of my old knob so I can just switch them easier if I need to. After we turned this thing on the lathe, I waited about an hour before I started to drill/tap/counterbore it, and it was still very hot.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:34 PM   #6
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Ever think about making a batch and selling them to forum members? How much would you charge to make it worth your time? In various materials, brass, stainless, aluminum, delrin, maybe a pool ball or two?

I've been looking for a new shift knob myself
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #7
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Yea, that would be pretty cool. I don't know how much I would charge, I've seen so many different price ranges for the same thing when it comes to shift knobs. Maybe around 50 bucks depending on the material used. What kind of shift knob were you looking for?
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I have gone between a few different options. I just want a simple weighted stainless ball, but brass could be cool as well if it's not TOO heavy.

I like the Blox balls I have seen that weigh 490g, but they're either not available in a color I would like(black) or too expensive for me in one I do like(the platinum and dark blue), and I'm not a fan of neo chrome.

For now I will probably go with a resin ball shift knob from twisted shifterz as they're pretty well made, and customizable, but they do weigh a couple ounces less than the stock shift knob
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looks good but when you see really cold weather
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looks good but when you see really cold weather
You would probably be wearing gloves until the car was fully warm on the inside anyway. Heat can be avoided by putting a hat or something over it in the summer.
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