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Unread 01-11-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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Any luck changing the gear shift knob?

I have an '08 Rubicon and want to put a new gear shift knob on the thing. I can't get the other one off for the life of me and was wondering if you guys had any luck. The dealer was stumped as well.

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Unread 01-11-2008, 01:12 PM   #2
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Shimmy, shake and pull. It ain't easy, but it comes off.
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Unread 01-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
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Man I've tried but am scared that I might make the whole lever useless. I see that the head of the knob looks like it is attached to a base (almost like the bottom of the knob?). Do I pull the whole thing off or just what looks like the top part? Any other suggestions besides elbow grease would help as well. Any kind of spray to loosen the fit?
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Unread 01-21-2008, 04:18 PM   #4
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Theoretically it just pulls off, but I couldn't get it off for the life of me. I ended up basically destroying it to get it off and replaced it with a Momo knob that works really well.

Someone later suggested using a hair dryer to try to loosen it up and that might make it easier to pull off. Not sure if that would help.
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Unread 01-21-2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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A good and easy way to get the knob off is to take an adjustable wrench and tighten it down around the shifter shaft (no jokes) but leave just a little bit of play. Hold the wrench up tight to the bottom of the shifter knob then hit the wrench in an upward direction with a hammer.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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Hi , my name is Roland and I had to change my hand brake assembly, but seeing as I had no experience I searched the net and this forum on how to remove the shift knobs. Well according to the information they just pull off. This was fine for the first knob but the transfer case knob was a b***h to remove. I took some advice and tried the adjustable wrench idea and smacking it with a hammer but could not get enough swing. The fear of accidentally hitting the plastic console with the hammer and breaking it kept me from accomplishing the act. Even though I did not hit hard I did damage the knob under. So I decided to try something new.
I decided to use a hammer puller made by Powerbuilt model number 648620, which I borrowed it actually took me longer to assemble the tool than to get the job done. I will be changing my shifter knobs for something more original but not at this time. I hope this can be of help to someone.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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yeah, kinda freaked me out, but after some tinkiering, I kinda said wtf and took a 1" (or a little bigger) wrench, wrapped it in a towel, hooked it under the knob, and tapped it with a hammer.. my 5 yr old was "helping" when it came loose, it SAILED into the rear cargo area and he laffed HAO, he bout fell out of the Jeep laffin so hard... it came off so easy! when I went to do the transfer case, he wanted me to send it flying too!

wrench and hammer, pops right off
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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:16 PM   #8
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My 08 shifter knob came off very easy compared to some of the other stories I hear. Just grab and pull.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #9
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Try a pipe wrench to loosen it then the hammer.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #10
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Try a pipe wrench to loosen it then the hammer.
I won't 'twist' side to side (if you try, it'll break). The way it is made, it just comes straight off.
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