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Old 04-02-2012, 03:42 PM
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how do i go about properly removing the shift knob on a 2007 FX4? i found a custom knob i really like, but cant get mine off
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:54 PM
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grip firmly, twist and pull
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:50 PM
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Im pretty sure the 07 fx4 has a splined shifter arm. Its a bit of a pita but on the one I changed I had to destroy the factory handle because on the splined shaft they're press fit onto the shaft. A word of advice in hind sight is to take the shifter lever off the transmission (super easy just unscrew the cup holder/shifter boot cover and then just one bolt on the shifter arm) and then coax the handle off with some heat and pliers. Not too much, but a bit of heat does wonders. Then because its a hollow splined shaft I took a bolt with a long shoulder, and JB welded it into the shaft. To hold the factory boot up to the new knob and keep a clean look I drilled out a washer tight enough to sit at the base of the threads (but not slip over the splined shaft) It was a little scarey at first but once I got to the point of no return I rolled with it and it turned out awesome. Just make the decision as to whether its worth the time up front. Took me about two or three hours to make it look really nice but it was worth it.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:18 AM
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i have a 2002 5spd i have no idea if it is the same.... but i cut down the rubber to the plastic, but a vice grip on it, put one leg on the dash board and the other on the floor, cursed a lot, grunted and pulled and the thing finally came off...
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:38 PM
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i have a 2002 5spd i have no idea if it is the same.... but i cut down the rubber to the plastic, but a vice grip on it, put one leg on the dash board and the other on the floor, cursed a lot, grunted and pulled and the thing finally came off...
HAHA! ill probably do the same thing...no punching urself in the jaw from losing grip on it? lol

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Im pretty sure the 07 fx4 has a splined shifter arm. Its a bit of a pita but on the one I changed I had to destroy the factory handle because on the splined shaft they're press fit onto the shaft. A word of advice in hind sight is to take the shifter lever off the transmission (super easy just unscrew the cup holder/shifter boot cover and then just one bolt on the shifter arm) and then coax the handle off with some heat and pliers. Not too much, but a bit of heat does wonders. Then because its a hollow splined shaft I took a bolt with a long shoulder, and JB welded it into the shaft. To hold the factory boot up to the new knob and keep a clean look I drilled out a washer tight enough to sit at the base of the threads (but not slip over the splined shaft) It was a little scarey at first but once I got to the point of no return I rolled with it and it turned out awesome. Just make the decision as to whether its worth the time up front. Took me about two or three hours to make it look really nice but it was worth it.
alright ill have to go check it out, thanks for the advice. i dont have a welder tho
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:18 AM
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You dont need a welder. JB weld is a two part epoxy to adhere the bolt to the inside of the shifter arm(so it doesn't pull out easily or over time). Removing and heating the shifter arm isnt imparative it just makes the job much easier and no chance of damaging the interior of the truck or the inside of the shifter by twisting or pulling on it while its attached to the transmission. You can pull it off in place. It's just way nicer to have it out of the cab to work on it. BTW you asked about properly removing it right? I wouldn't necessarily say my way was proper per say, but taking your time typically ends up with nicer results.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:54 AM
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You dont need a welder. JB weld is a two part epoxy to adhere the bolt to the inside of the shifter arm(so it doesn't pull out easily or over time). Removing and heating the shifter arm isnt imparative it just makes the job much easier and no chance of damaging the interior of the truck or the inside of the shifter by twisting or pulling on it while its attached to the transmission. You can pull it off in place. It's just way nicer to have it out of the cab to work on it. BTW you asked about properly removing it right? I wouldn't necessarily say my way was proper per say, but taking your time typically ends up with nicer results.
ya your right, and yes I wanna do it properly. im just gunna remove the shifter from the tranny, and do what u said
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:39 PM
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yea i managed to hit myself a couple times.... figured i could try and leave that outa the post though :/
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