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    Default Replacing the uplift gearknob

    Hi,

    Sorry if this has been covered already, but I was wondering how difficult it is to remove the gearknob? I did see on here that some actually swapped it with a Mk5 Astra gear stick, which I love that idea as it would look completely standard, but I think I will go for the easier option of just getting a Richbrook gearknob.

    They have some nice subtle leather ones, which aren't too bad.

    Help and advice would be appreciated.

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    With this intense heat we are having it should just pop off on to your hand, well thats with the facelift models anyway lol. Facelift ones are just glued on, not sure about the prefacelifts

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    Just smash it from below and it will pop up.

    Don't try to twist it, as it's slipped onto a geared tip and won't turn at all.

    The tip is slightly conical, so the knob is actually force fitted. Use a hammer and something to protect the knob (a small board or just a folded rag) if you intend to keep it clean. Strike from below, both sides alternately, until it loosens and gets off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z80
    Just smash it from below and it will pop up.

    Don't try to twist it, as it's slipped onto a geared tip and won't turn at all.

    The tip is slightly conical, so the knob is actually force fitted. Use a hammer and something to protect the knob (a small board or just a folded rag) if you intend to keep it clean. Strike from below, both sides alternately, until it loosens and gets off.
    Thanks mate. Do you have a different gearknob in your car?

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    I have the richbrook leather one,

    P1030212.jpg

    Fits easily and looks/feels good..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotsDragon
    I have the richbrook leather one,

    <img src="http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=56931"/>

    Fits easily and looks/feels good..
    That does look good. Does it work alright with the uplift? Did you have much hassle getting the old one off?

    The gearknob I want to get just has the numbers on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl83 View Post
    That does look good. Does it work alright with the uplift? Did you have much hassle getting the old one off?

    The gearknob I want to get just has the numbers on it.

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    Uplift works fine and the old one just fell off in my hand on a hot day..

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    I fitted a Momo Duke (chrome top, leather bottom half).

    You must just use a specific model for uplift (it's short with a large hole). There are quite a lot of models around.

    They just fit on top of the uplift trigger. Keep the spring, gasket, foam cylinder and all the stuff. Just slip the new knob in place of the original one, tighten one bolt and you're done.
    Last edited by Z80; 28th May 2012 at 10:27.

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    im going to change mine, was wondering bout uplift but you guys cleared that up. mines come off 3 times last time i was having abit of fun and pop off it comes not good at speed on twisting roads

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    Mk5 Astra gear stick all the way like takes ten mins to do and feels million times better
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