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Post by Phils85ti » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:54 pm

does any aftermarket shift knob work on our xr's or do i have to buy a factory knob
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Post by hEaT » Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:12 pm

A lot of knobs are universal so they slip fit and then lock with a set screw.
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Post by xr4man » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:09 am

the set screw kind only work for about 2 days. you need one that screws on.
usually the screw on type come with different size adapters
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Post by hEaT » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:45 am

If you can verify the threads are the same as a T5, any Focus shift knob will work.

I agree, the slip fit ones do suck, but it's better than a bare shaft.
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Post by Tumbler » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:13 am

What kind of knob are you getting?
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Post by Mike McCreight » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:05 am

Set screw knobs work fine with a dab of thread locker, like Loc-tite.
On that, I have ONE Sparco knob left from my "bulk purchase", it's a techno, in red.(Shameless plug! :D) if anyone's interested.
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Post by cmouta » Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:22 am

hEaT wrote:If you can verify the threads are the same as a T5, any Focus shift knob will work.

I agree, the slip fit ones do suck, but it's better than a bare shaft.
So Focus knobs(00-02?) work on T5's? and since Focus knobs work on Contours, Contour knobs work on T5's as well by some mathematical law who's name slips me?

I would kill to have a Voodoo knob in the merkur as well...
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Post by MerkXRTurbo » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:03 pm

xr4man wrote:the set screw kind only work for about 2 days. you need one that screws on.
usually the screw on type come with different size adapters
Ditto that, although I'm sure that a bit of thread locker would work, as Mike suggested. After doing my T5 swap I used one of those that my brother in-law let me borrow until I could afford a proper threaded one. Lets just say that I kept a little allen wrench in the center console and would tighten it as I drove. Got quite good at it too. :lol:
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Post by hEaT » Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:29 pm

cmouta wrote:
hEaT wrote:If you can verify the threads are the same as a T5, any Focus shift knob will work.

I agree, the slip fit ones do suck, but it's better than a bare shaft.
So Focus knobs(00-02?) work on T5's? and since Focus knobs work on Contours, Contour knobs work on T5's as well by some mathematical law who's name slips me?

I would kill to have a Voodoo knob in the merkur as well...
Sam (Smoke3006) is using my old Focus knob on his C3 -> T5 swapped car. I believe its M12x1.25 or x1.5
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Re: shift knob

Post by John V » Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:17 pm

Phils85ti wrote:does any aftermarket shift knob work on our xr's or do i have to buy a factory knob
I use the autotragic knob on the manual stick

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Re. Shift Knobs

Post by 86XR4Ti5SPD » Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:15 pm

After chaning over to the short shift kit in my '86 (lots more vibration coming thru when you do this btw), I wrapped the top of the shifter with duct tape to the point the new leather shift knob fit snuggly on the shifter, then a liberal application of Loc-Tite on each allen head screw did the trick. It's been several months now since that sucker's come off in my hand!
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Post by Garret » Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:50 am

set screws work just fine if you drill a starter divet into the shaft after you put the knob on

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Post by 86XR4Ti5SPD » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:22 am

Garret, how do you avoid messing up the threads in the shift knob when you do that? Or what's small enough to put an easily visible mark on the shifter so the divot hits the correct spot?
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Post by Garret » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:24 am

a small drill bit put into the hole usually does the trick, or you can use a center punch

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