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What shift knob should I get - 5 speed 986 ?


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Hi guys,

I am getting ready to do the B&M short shift install in my 01 Boxster and I noticed that my shift knob and boot are a little worn-out.

I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions on what I could get to replace the OEM one. I know from Chris_NH that there is a very nice aluminum shift knob from Porsche, which he has in his car (option # Y06, part number x97). Unfortunately there isn't anyone available on Ebay right now and a new one will cost around $350 from Sunset!

My car is a 5-speed which makes it a little harder to find anything.

Thanks,

Gus

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Hey, grandrade sup? great choice by the way

I don't think much will change when its replaced with a B&M shifter. Porsche uses a flat shift lever unlike some 14mm threaded European cars so is B&M

Throwing a short shifter in Ur car would be way more work than replacing your knob I think.

First mod would have to be our 986 manual shift knob being 1 piece with its leather boot. So whenever we tried to throw one of these universal knob, a little mod is required? Probably the biggest reason most ppl go for the 1 piece replacement.

I checked out your Momo endurance finisher & I don't see how U can possibly make that boot work/look good with that thing being just elastic base, then again I never seen this thing yet.

If I was doing this job, I would try to re- utilize your OEM leather boot so it fits around your center console like its supposed to,,,then figure out how to secure the knob - I'm sure that would be the easiest part for u

I found 1 of TP's old pics in here, I'm hoping that he doesn't mind ;)

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Hi Juniinc,

I had selected exactly the carbon fiber Momo that you pointed out and what they call the Endurance boot.

But I read that Momos don't fit the Boxster unless a lot is modified. Will that change when the shifter is replaced by the B&M?

This is the set I chose:

Knob

Boot

Mounting Ring

Best,

Gus

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Great feedback, guys!

Do u guys have any idea whether I can buy only that plastic frame that goes around the boot (in the bottom) from Porsche?

...Otherwise I could try to buy any beaten up Boxster knob/boot on Ebay and try to somehow glue the new (Momo) boot to the frame I remove from the old Ebay boot. I intend to keep the OEM knob/boot that is coming out of my car, because when I upgrade the car (one day) I intend to convert it back to the OEM shifter and knob.

Best,

Gus

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eagle day sells just the leather boot(available in diff color)for about $85.00. TP also said U might be able to find some at Gert Stills.

Hi Juniinc,

How are you?

As promised I posted my experience with my first DE training this weekend under a new topic DE Experience. With some questions - just for a change...Hahahaahah

Coming back to the Knob/Boot issue, I check eagleday.com, but it seems they only sell the entired set (boot+knob) for the Boxster, for $235. I could not find Gert Stills.

Any other idea?

Thank you very much,

Gus

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hey Gus, I'm good & sup?

U will be able to find a knob + colored leather boot for $89.95 at Eagleday.com.

I think that's gonna be your best bet

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eagle day sells just the leather boot(available in diff color)for about $85.00. TP also said U might be able to find some at Gert Stills.

Hi Juniinc,

How are you?

As promised I posted my experience with my first DE training this weekend under a new topic DE Experience. With some questions - just for a change...Hahahaahah

Coming back to the Knob/Boot issue, I check eagleday.com, but it seems they only sell the entired set (boot+knob) for the Boxster, for $235. I could not find Gert Stills.

Any other idea?

Thank you very much,

Gus

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Hi Juniinc,

I ordered exactly that part (in black) and got it on Monday... It looks a little 'old-fashioned' compared to the one I currently have (like the one K.Brandsma posted above).

I was thinking about returning the part, specially because I need to order the 'shift pattern' emblem and I could not find anyone that looks nice - was looking for an aluminum one (5 speed), but all I could find were the ones in eagleday.com

Not sure what the alternative is... I really wanted to go for the Momo knob (carbon fiber look), but see no way to attach it to my shifter. The Momo has a round shape and, despite having several 'rubber rings' to adapt the knob to shifters with different diameters, I bet none of them will fit our oddily shaped shifter.

If you have any other idea, please let me know.

Best

Gus

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I agree carbon knob will look awsome.

We usually take a band- saw , cut/shape the flat blade shift lever to fit,,,

I don't know perhaps it's just me, but I'd like my 986 to be unique in its way so it easily seperates from the others.

good luck ,GUS

Hi Juniinc,

I ordered exactly that part (in black) and got it on Monday... It looks a little 'old-fashioned' compared to the one I currently have (like the one K.Brandsma posted above).

I was thinking about returning the part, specially because I need to order the 'shift pattern' emblem and I could not find anyone that looks nice - was looking for an aluminum one (5 speed), but all I could find were the ones in eagleday.com

Not sure what the alternative is... I really wanted to go for the Momo knob (carbon fiber look), but see no way to attach it to my shifter. The Momo has a round shape and, despite having several 'rubber rings' to adapt the knob to shifters with different diameters, I bet none of them will fit our oddily shaped shifter.

If you have any other idea, please let me know.

Best

Gus

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