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post #1 of 3 Old 05-21-2016, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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2015 e12 Versa Note Manual Shift Knob Removal

So after searching the forums for how to remove the stock shift knob on our cars, I decided to post my experience with it, as there are no how-to's on the subject, and pictures make everything!! There are a couple threads where members suggest pulling up as it is a press fit but no one seemed to be successful, or at least never posted what happened. I could tell several people, including me, were still confused and worried they would do the wrong thing. After using all my might and fearing something else would break, I gave up. Today, I thought about using a certain strategy on the shifter and surprisingly, it worked! So here's what I did:



I decided I was going to twist the shifter side to side, little by little, to bend/loosen up any plastic inside. As I came in for the first twist, it just suddenly clicked out of place (probably from me already messing with it before) and freaked me out



I started twisting it around some more and got it more loose, so I finally put it in 2nd gear, got the right leverage and pulled up with everything I had and it just popped off! Way easier than I thought too



So it turns out that the shifter rod is knurled at the tip...



As for the shifter...there is a plastic sleeve inside molded to the knurling, which is why it is extremely hard to just simply pull it off. I guess twisting it broke the plastic off of the rod and started getting ground down by the knurling.



I may have cracked the sleeve...but it still pops back on and stays in place

I plan on making a flat top wooden "dildo" shift knob out of a dowel from homedepot and am excited now as I finally got the shifter off

Now, I don't know how clean anyone else's shift knob will come off (so do it at your own risk!), but I hope this helps anyone who does want to try and clears up any confusion, especially about what's holding the shift knob down.
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I was quite disappointed when I discovered that it was knurled instead of threaded. Fortunately, the Razo knob I went with for now has plastic inserts so my install was still pretty drama-free, but... I'm probably going to have to buy a new shift rod from Nissan, take the sumbich to a machine shop and have it threaded - maybe even extended a few inches - so I can fit the shifter I eventually want.

Also, congrats on joining 5MT NATION. There ain't many of us since Nissan doesn't think that enthusiasts want a decently equipped car. :\
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There are some adapters with a thread on them for the euro cars as they have press fit shifter rods as well, they might fit our cars as well in case that's too much trouble

Thanks! Seriously, it kinda sucks that the MT models are only the base models, with roll up windows! xD but hey, they definitely come in handy when the car is off aha.
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