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Old 07-31-2009, 02:33 AM
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I'm not sure about the newer NB's, but the early models had a habit of losing the shift patterns on the top of the knob. Most folks just used super glue and glued them back on.

I tried that the first time.

The second time the black paint on the underside of the cap separated from the clear portion of the cap.

So I put a bit of black vinyl (the kind used for vehicle graphics) on the underside and used some double-sided tape to stick it back on.

The other day, the adhesive on the tape gave out and the cap came off again.

That got me to thinking......about changing the color.

With my thumbnail, I carefully scraped off the remaining black paint. The shift pattern cap is clear plastic and the shift pattern itself is silk screened (I think) onto the underside. Black paint is then applied for contrast and then it is glued onto the knob.

I used two layers of green vinyl and carefully removed any air bubbles. Then a this layer of silicone adhesive on the top of the knob, and viola!!!

Let me know what you think. Our NB is Cyber Green, btw.

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Old 07-31-2009, 02:48 AM
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wow thats awesome, I now know what im gonna do to mine
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You can use any color of vinyl that you would like - you just have to be careful that you don't press too hard and scrape off the actual shift pattern.
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You can also use this method to turn a 6-speed shift knob into a 5-speed. that's what I did to my Turbo S knob when the shift pattern fell off. I just scraped off the 6 and the line going to it and then repainted the back of it black.
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Me likey! (( considers ripping apart his gearshift today ))
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OOOOo!

A shinie!

I want a shinie!

Got to have a SHINIE!!!!
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i installed an aftermarket shift knob and shift boot, the retaner ring for the stiock boot broke when i tried to staple the new one to it, anyway i can get my shift boot reattached so it doestn look like crap
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:45 AM
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That is awesome! My shift knob is doing the same thing; now I know what to do with it (assuming the pattern itself hasn't come off too, which I think it has...).
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:33 AM
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Color concept shift knob, looks great!, nice job and very clean.
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How did you attach the vinyl to the underside of the top piece? All the vinyl I can find has adhesive on the back not the front.
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You are looking at the adhesive side of the vinyl. Just make sure that you don't press too hard when applying the vinyl to the underside of the shift pattern.

Good luck!!!
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:55 AM
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I wonder if the 6speed is the same way. Been wanting to do mine in red to match my car

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OOOh I like very much, but Im not sure I want to start eeling it off if its not broken to begin with.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:18 AM
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I was about to buy a whole new knob before I saw this post. My only problem now is that not only has the black paint been chipped(which I have now scraped off) but the outer fake chrome ring is also peeling. Normally I wouldn't care about chipped paint, but its not paint, its a piece of plastic covered with a thin layer metal that chews up your hand when shifting. I've peeled off all the metal to expose the plastic underneath, but I have no idea where to go from there.
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