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Unread 10-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #1
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FYI for JK shift knob removal

I thought it was the most impossible thing to remove.

Sadly, the 4 youtube videos didn't really help .

The internal metal clip gradually unclips when you just wiggle clockwise/counterclockwise about 3-5 degrees while pulling the shifter.

shifter pops off instantly.

if all else fails and you get frustrated,
and you don't want to destroy your stock shifter, wrap it in cloth, then lock a vice clamp plier onto it.
using a rubber mallet, hit your plier (upwards)3x and it'll pop off.

I'm not sure what happened to the day when we just use screw on shift knobs.

Goodluck guys.

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Unread 10-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what happened to the day when we just use screw on shift knobs.

Goodluck guys.
They probably fell victim to the insatiable quest for manufacturing efficiency. A screw on knob would probably take about 5-7 seconds to screw on vs 1-2 seconds for a push on knob. A screw on knob would also increase the risk of repetitive stress injuries of the wrist.
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Unread 10-10-2012, 10:04 PM   #3
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hmm... that's not really far fetched... good point. hopefully this'll be helpful for anyone wishing to put on an aftermarket shifter
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Unread 10-10-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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What kind of shift knob did you end up going with. You got any pictures?
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Unread 10-10-2012, 10:58 PM   #5
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picked the drake stuff. i just flipped the tire tread around backwards. i found the tire marking a bit too jazzy.
i'll post it tomorrow when there's some daylight.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:36 AM   #6
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If you put a set of vice grips very loosely on the shaft you can smack the shifter from below and it will usually pop off, if not you can grab the hammer and tap it off without marring the shift knob at all.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 08:18 AM   #7
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The transfer case knob comes off the same way.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #8
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If you put a set of vice grips very loosely on the shaft you can smack the shifter from below and it will usually pop off, if not you can grab the hammer and tap it off without marring the shift knob at all.
I have heard with that method it is good to take a screw driver and pry the bottom plastic off. At least that way there would be less likelyhood of any scratches to the factory knob.
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The transfer case knob comes off the same way.
That's the Sick Speed knobs right? http://www.sickspeed.com/pages/universaljeep.html
If they weren't $80 for the knobs, I would already have a set. They look great.
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Unread 10-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #9
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That's the Sick Speed knobs right?
If they weren't $80 for the knobs, I would already have a set. They look great. [/QUOTE]

Nope..... the shift ball is a plain white ball ordered out of the Jegs catalog.
The X-fer case knob came off my lawn tractor, sanded and given 10 coats of
rattle-can "Arctic White".
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Unread 10-11-2012, 05:40 PM   #10
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See photo. The main shifter wasn't available when I bought the stuff.

You don't have to remove the bottom. Just wrap the knob with cloth before you clamp it. If you're worried, remove the lower plastic with a screw driver and clamp onto the underside.
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Unread 10-12-2012, 12:50 PM   #11
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So what are the shaft diameters for the shifter and transfer case?
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Unread 10-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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i love that there are users that just put this info on here!
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Unread 11-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #13
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So I popped off top and bottom. Wiggled and pulled and couldn't tell anything was happening. So I wrapped in a cloth and then a loose vice grip...

Two easy taps and it's off.
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Unread 02-22-2014, 04:41 PM   #14
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Removal in under 30 seconds...

Hey... I just used just about every trick under the sun trying to remove my shift knob. (09 JKRU) After pretty much destroying the first knob, I realized that there isn't a clip on the inside of the knob that holds it on to the lever... There is a small notch on the rear side of the shift lever. After realizing that, I decided to use a strap wrench on the second one. It worked like a charm!!! Put the strap over the knob and turn it like 10-15 degrees in both directions. By doing that you will stretch the plastic around the notch. be careful not to twist it too much if you plan on reusing the original knob.

By doing it this way, absolutely no damage will be done and it will be off in less than 30 seconds.

P.S... The YouTube videos that I watched were almost useless. There is absolutely no need to take the knob apart for any reason at all. And you need the hulk to pull on the knob in their methods. Below is my video of the removal. Hope this helps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10b_...e_gdata_player
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Unread 02-23-2014, 04:45 PM   #15
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I just did this the other day to fix my xfer case cable. I used a large adjustable wrench. Placed it on the lever under the handle, tightened it down so it was snug on the lever. 1 good upward wack with a hammer on the bottom side of the wrench sent the handle flying. Done. No damage to either the handle or the lever.
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