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    Default Gear Knob

    All of sudden a few months back, my gearknob fell off in my hands. Not a great thing to happen on the way home...

    After a speaking with my local VX parts department, I was under the impression that a replacement knob wasn't something they sold. I should point out, there was some swearing at this point.

    LMF, always good, had an Irmy one but at eighty odd quid it just wasn't within budget. So, off to Halfords I went...

    In amongst the ultra chav blue and pink RipSpeed selections was a pretty basic chrome/ally Richbrook Knob, with black gaiter details. I decided to give it a go.

    Not bad quality but it didnt sit far enough onto the stick, the lift for the reverse was fully exposed and there was a gap between the lip of the knob and the lifter.

    So after a little brain work, I decided to take a hacksaw to the gearstick. This was not as easy as I thought. Long story short, after breaking 2 blades (and swearing again) I cut about 8mm off of the stick.

    Put it all back together and it looks about right, almost looks OE.
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    Points to note:
    • It was more by luck than judgement that my reverse lift still works.
    • Use some thing to hold the gear leaver still when sawing, or you will damage the selector forks.
    • The lights in the cubby hole can be seen from the back seats New Mod Next week to fix this.

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    Looks alright I went for the Astra gear stick for 25 pound
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    Nice mod mate. I still like the chrome look though, brings the rest of the "chrome" together.

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    Its a common problem of the knob falling off. Just stick back on and hey presto!

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    I stuck it back on twice already, after 130k it just kept breaking.

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    I used a 2 part poxy resin when i did mine. At least you've found the solution.

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    does look good mat. i just pm you mate

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    I guess I just like shiny things. Never mind ADHD, I have ADOS... Attention Deficit Ooooh Shiny!

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    looks good from here Matt.

    the vectra has gone , but not far away so ill still see it form time to time

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