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    Default Irmscher Gearknob

    After 55,000 miles in my Vec the leather around the gearknob is starting to look it's age, even though it is only 15 months old.

    From reading other threads VX charge quite a lot to get a new one and to get it in matching leather will probably be quite expensive.

    I have read Graeme's How2 on fitting the Irmscher gearknob, is it definately the case that it needs sawing. I have done some things to my car like cutting the headlining and drilling the rear bumper but taking a hacksaw to my gearstick does worry me.

    There was an additional comment on there about hammering the gear stick but it wasn't clear how to do this.

    Advice would be great please, also if I replace the gear knob does the mechanism for selecting reverse remain untouched (i.e. lift the lever)

    Cheers

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    I noticed mine was starting to wear a bit too (40k), be interested to hear how you get on if you do end up fitting one

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    fitted my new silver irmscher gear nob last week
    and yes its a bit scarey at first

    I pull the leather off, cut the top off with a hacksaw (small one)
    and then cut down one side of the nob
    a pair of gripps twist and it came off

    a lot of sweating and swearing

    it looks the part now and good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian
    I have done some things to my car like cutting the headlining and drilling the rear bumper but taking a hacksaw to my gearstick does worry me.
    I know what you mean mate, would scare the c**p out of me too, the thought of it, taking a hacksaw to your motor?!! Its all good though, so long as the end product turns out well.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damian
    There was an additional comment on there about hammering the gear stick but it wasn't clear how to do this.
    I read the same how2 - I think what he was trying to say was to hammer the edge of the gear knob from the underneath, but use a bit of wood or something in between the hammer and gearstick as it's a fairly small target, an unusual angle, and you need a decent amount of force.

    HTH

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    if you want to replace with an irmscher gearknob i saw one for sale on ebay yesterday - have a search.

    all silver unit - 6 speed

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    Is there any way to easily shorten the length of the gearstick itself? Especially after fitting an irmscher gearknob it seems long and high it would look 10 times better if it were say 10cm shorter and take out the lift reverse mechanism. Why there is a lift mechanism for bottom right reverse gear anyway is pointless

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    Quote Originally Posted by david173 View Post
    Is there any way to easily shorten the length of the gearstick itself? Especially after fitting an irmscher gearknob it seems long and high it would look 10 times better if it were say 10cm shorter and take out the lift reverse mechanism. Why there is a lift mechanism for bottom right reverse gear anyway is pointless
    For those that used to have 6 speed, but now have 5, or in my case, 5 speed in the car, 6 in my van! I jump from one to the other and forget where reverse is! lol

    the number of times i've gone for 6th in my veccy, lucky for the lift reverse mech!

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    i used a hammer and a chisel type thing, place at the bottom of the gear knob and keep hammering on alternating sides and after about ten minutes hey presto its off no sawing required!!!!

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    I just followed the How2 and hey presto it came off in my hand...;sweat: needed to be changed as the leather had come away and let down the whole interior.....

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