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How to replace/install the Shift knob on 996

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Hi, I would like to replace my stock shift knob and E-Brake with the "Aluminum Shift Knob and E-Brake" :help: . Could someone give me some idea that what kind of tool I may need and some instructions will be very appreciated. If it is too difficult to do the E-Brake part, at least I hope I can install the shift knob by myself because they(Porsche Service) charge $220 for Shift Knob and $255 for E-Brake.... :angry:

Thank you very much :)

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The shift knob is a 5 minute job. The handbrake might take an unexperienced person 1 hour. This might be a good time to consider a short shifter -- since you have to take the center console out for the handbrake anyway.

If you have a stock shifter knob it just pulls off (lift the boot and if there is no set screw then it is the standard shifter). B&M Short Shifter Install Instructions with console removal instructions.

The handbrake requires removal of the console which will require a small screwdriver and a Torx T-20 and T-30 bits. The nuts that hold the handbrake on are 13 mm (as I recall). Replacing the Handbrake (DIY)

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We have done all that. We filmed it some time ago but I have not looked at the tape. You should try a car that has a short shifter to see if you like it first. Someone will let you try their car. I would like to put in the B&M unit which bolts to the transmission. Paul in Menlo Park bought one and wants us to put it in but he is in Paris until mid-Feb

Just do not leave any parts around or they may end up in Kirby's car.


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