Ok, so after putting up with a long throw and functional but not pretty gearknob, twas time to do Modification Number 11. Will it ever end? Probably not, this wasn't on my mod list until today. This was inspired by my brothers OEM round gearknob on his 01 KQ Laser - it's so sweet that I wanted a similar one myself.
First I apologise for the first couple of photos - new camera and bad lighting and me equalled bad shots. It was all on the go while I was installing so didn't check how they were coming out.
So first of all here is a shot of the standard gear knob for the CL Focus. It's slight askew as I just put it back on the for the Before photo but you get the idea.
Tall, plastic, ugly.
I removed the OEM gearknob, pulled the new Autotechnica unit from its package, and tested the fit. As expected, standard gearshifter is way too long, the knob sits very high.
So first of all, I got out my Makita range of products and got to work on the knob. I bored out the centre to enable it to sit lower on the stick - just a free cm worth of drop. Then I took to the stick, removing about half of the original thread - enough that if need be the standard unit can still be put on firmly.
Removed and sawn off
Once that was complete, simple case of working the new gearknob onto the shifter. I had bored it to the precise interior diameter that enabled me to screw it onto existing thread, meaning it's on nice and tight. The three grub screws were tightened, to be concealed under a collar which then screwed from underneath onto the knob.
End result: a smaller round shifter that is about between 1 1/2 to 2 inches shorter. I find it alot more comfortable, and the shorter throw is also sweet.
Short and sweet
That last picture was a bit better, getting used to the new camera - thanks to Wulos for his tips!
And a small side note to the story - found this awesome keyring when I was out and about today! It's a brake disc that can rotate inside it's caliper! Muhah. Hooray for toys!
I decided to go for the black trim on the brushed aluminium as you don't see alot of blue inside the car, and the blue trim would have looked weird and out of place, in my opinion. I'm happy with it, it doesn't stand out from the rest of the interior, it just adds to the sporty feel of the car. Don't fear, I am not claiming it to be the 05 World Rally Car, just making the car more comfortable for myself!
Thanks for reading! Tim!