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    Default Leather gearknob recovering!

    Has anyone tried to use this to re-cover there tatty leather covered gearknob?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-O...-/280798327523

    Mines worn thru use and wondering if its worth the hassle? Or any tips from anyone thats used this.

    Cheers Andy

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    Hi,

    I did and bought the same item. From my point of view is rubish, it does cover somehow the knob, but it doen`t stay there, u have to glue it and then maybe it will stay. I will get a new knob in short time so ...

    If you can wait untill i change the knob (2-3 weeks) i will send you the leather thing free of charge, so u can try it !!!

    Cheers !!!

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    Thanks for the info--- i have looked into getting the knob off to fix the leather and found folks on here have ended up hacksawing it apart!!! Dont want to damage it just re-cover it!

    Apparently you cannot buy just a new leather knob--it comes with the whole lever/shifter mechanism that bolts to the floor!

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    Buy an after market knob, they will be cheeper.

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    i did have a after market richbrook knob but it didnt fit.

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    I hammered off my old gear knob on my 2004 Signum and bought the Richbrook slanted top lift to reverse knob. I got this to fit the gearknob to fit by cutting 2 small strips of 6mm thick aluminium and slotting them into the slot in the gear stalk. This then allows the grub screw on the rear of the gear knob to bite on something and hold it on.

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    Anyone piled their knob off yet (ooh er) without wrecking it I have the same issue want to take it off to really cover it

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    mine just pulls of with a bit of persuation and twisting (edit just realised how dodgy that sounds - the gear knob were talking about here)

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    whatever phil!! lol

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    For those who want to recover their 'knob' but can't get it off, you can actually do it without removing it - I've just done it yesterday. it's a bit fiddly & you do have to stretch the new piece of leather over the existing knob though. I tried for several days to remove the old knob but couldn't, I tried brut force, heating it up e.t.c. but it's solid so I did it in situ. I basically did the following. 1/ remove the plastic insert by prizing it upwards carefully with a small screwdriver. 2/ turn the new leather cover inside out then carefully force it down over the existing knob & push it down past the reverse lifter - ensure the leather is warm so it stretches easier. 3/ using a very small screwdriver prize out the aluminium ring from the bottom of the knob out. 4/ remove the existing worn cover. 5/ pull the new cover upwards & turn it right side out & position it in the correct place, I used some spots of some gel superglue to hold it in the correct place, once you are happy with the position glue round the edges where the insert goes & once it is dry refit the insert. 6/ using a small screwdriver & where the lower aluminium ring is to be refitted push the end of the leather upwards inside knob between it & the reverse lift sleeve, once you are happy with the fit push the aluminium ring back up into it's position. Happy days. it took me around 30 mins. This link might give you a bit more of an idea http://tuning-shop.co.uk/images/Inst...ver/index.html

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