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post #1 of 19 Old 01-31-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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DIY billet aluminum shifter knob!

I had a piece of aluminum round I picked up because it just looked cool, so I decided to try it out on my wood lathe with wood turning chisels. It cut like a dream to my surprise. I deviated slightly from the original plan but it was great fun.

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post #2 of 19 Old 01-31-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the final turned piece after cutting off the lathe...
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I finished sanding it and filed some grip cuts into the sides. I made six cuts 60 degrees apart. I clamped it in a vice to hold it steady and used a chainsaw file to make the grooves.
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This last part is what makes the whole piece and what I am the most proud of definitely. I cut a logo out of masking tape and taped up the knob so that the log was visible only. I then sandblasted the JEEP logo into the top of the knob and the tape left a perfectly frosted textured logo. It worked much better than I anticipated so I was very excited about it.
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I used a bolt with the same threads as the shifter to tap the knob after I drilled a hole slightly smaller than the bolt. With just a little cutting oil it went pretty smooth. After I did that the original lock nut went perfectly with the design and will look awesome on the column! I am psyched
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Here is the picture of me tapping the hole with a normal bolt...
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Nice work!

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Cool. Lets see it installed.
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I will put it on tomorrow I had to show it off today hehe

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Love it especially the logo!
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Here it is put on. It feels really nice when shifting and looks better than expected! Overall a fun free little project.
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Nice! My only issue is that metal shifter knobs of any kind either get REALLY hot in the summer or REALLY cold in the winter

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Nice! My only issue is that metal shifter knobs of any kind either get REALLY hot in the summer or REALLY cold in the winter
I actually thought of that haha If its really unbearable I will put it on the t-case

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awesome work!

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That's really nice! I like that "etched" logo with the sandblaster.. I'm gonna have to try that out on some stuff..

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