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Old 01-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Shift Knob Removal

Sorry for the stupid, perhaps even ignorant, thread. I just got a new leather boot for my 98 and I need to remove the **** **** to put it on. I read somewhere that you can use vice grips and a towel, but it seems really hard to unscrew. My question is, how much torque can i put on the shifter before something breaks. I havent tried the vice grip method yet, but i cant for the life of me unscrew it with my hands. Any input is appreciated, and flamers are welcomed, as I know there will be some. i just dont want to cause any damage to my shift linkage. Thanks
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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You wont damage the linkage. Just go to town on that damn ****.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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pretty sure theres loctite or something of the sort on the threads. mine was impossible to remove i just saw the **** down the middle so i could pull it off.

i wouldn't do that if its in good condition though.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:53 PM   #4
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I used a wash cloth and big channel lock pliers. Mine was tight as hell, but it came loose with no damage.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #5
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yea...go to town, you wont break the linkage...if you break metal before you break plastic....good luck to ur future builds haha
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:01 PM   #6
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jar opened will make quick work of that shift ****


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Old 01-22-2011, 12:52 AM   #7
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I used a monkey wrench and a rag wrapped around the ****.
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So I tried with vice grips and a towel, but just ended up tearing the threads on the leather shift ****. Guess I just need a new one. But the **** is still on. Dammit
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dont you just turn unscrew it off with your hand? That's how I got my **** off my 03 Sentra
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:40 PM   #10
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dont you just turn unscrew it off with your hand? That's how I got my **** off my 03 Sentra

yeah, mine is the same way. I can unscrew it without any effort


Maybe if it's the first time removing it since the Nissan factory placed it on...it's much more difficult.
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rubber strap wrench will work

http://www.google.ca/search?&ie=UTF-...r+strap+wrench

works great, no damage at all
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its cuz u are tryin to unthread at the top of the ****.

U have to turn at the base of the ****. The threading inside the **** is very shallow.
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Towel to cushion it and a big pipe wrench to provide the leverage. It will come off.
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well i finally got the damn thing off. big pair of channel locks and one hell of a grip got it done. i still am using my shredded stock ****, while my new one, http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT, is on the way. Thanks for the help everybody!
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I've been trying to get mine off, and ripped the threads on the **** as well. Wanting to get a new one and get that area cleaned up a bit!
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Why did you want to take it off so badly if you didnt have the new one yet?
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A small shop rag and a set of channel locks. Nothing should get damaged if you apply force gently. The rag will prevent the **** from getting torn up by the channel lock.
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I used the rubber strap wrench and that already torn off the threads

so I bared the shift **** and undressed it (lol) and then used a vise grip. voila. Original shift **** no longer usable though.
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Meh, I personally don't like the stock 4th gen shift **** much. I ditched mine for a Nismo aluminum ****.
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Meh, I personally don't like the stock 4th gen shift **** much. I ditched mine for a Nismo aluminum ****.
I have a short throw shifter and def couldn't use the stock **** it was notchy did a poly bushings and a weighed arc **** and I'm happy with it
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