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.