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    Thread: DIY: Mk4 shift knob, boot, trim ring retrofitting to your mk3

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      01-20-2011 10:11 AM #1
      Alright so at the request of another vortex-er, here is my own DIY for retrofitting the mk4 shift knob, boot and trim ring into your mk3

      Please correct anything I may have done or typed wrong and I want to apologize for the cell phone pics but my new camera seems to have grown legs and disappeared

      Required tools:
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      First: Remove the plastic piece from the shift console, next inspect the trim ring around the mk4 shift boot and remove the trim ring



      Next take the trim ring, place it on the paper and trace the inside making sure to keep good accuracy then cut out the center



      Should look like this when done



      Next tape the paper to the plastic piece that holds the boot and start cutting making sure to be very careful not to trim too much off.



      then put it all together



      Put it in your car and you shall have this (I will eventually be shortening the height of the shift knob)


      then once it fits nicely your all done! drink a for your success
      Last edited by jettaracer1989; 06-08-2011 at 08:25 AM.
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      01-20-2011 10:45 AM #2
      nice diy.... bud dude, clean your car lol

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      01-20-2011 12:53 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by cafolla1 View Post
      nice diy.... bud dude, clean your car lol
      lol my car is in pieces inside my garage right now thats why its all dirty, if you saw the rest of the car your jaw would drop
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      01-20-2011 01:01 PM #4
      I wonder if you would have to do this same process if you did a mk4 shift tower install??

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      01-20-2011 01:06 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by BaBy BoOeY View Post
      I wonder if you would have to do this same process if you did a mk4 shift tower install??
      Yeah id imagine so if your going to run the mk4 shift knob and all that on the mk3 console
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      01-20-2011 02:00 PM #6
      Sweet!!! Thanks for posting.

    7. 01-20-2011 02:17 PM #7
      Posted here as well . . . Nice write up none the less. . . . . ill try to edit it in as another point of the install this week. . . thanks



      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ll-Hint-Thread

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post68934286

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...highlight=MkIV

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      01-20-2011 02:23 PM #8
      Thanks guys, that was my first DIY ive ever made
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      01-20-2011 03:31 PM #9
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      01-20-2011 03:54 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by fukdapo9 View Post
      Do i spy a bowl piece in the glove box
      Absolutely not, its a bubbler lol and no not used for any illegal substance if thats what your thinking
      Last edited by jettaracer1989; 01-20-2011 at 03:59 PM.
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      01-20-2011 04:00 PM #11
      How did you affix the shift knob? I tried a zip-tie, but it wasn't tight enough. Ended up using some Gorilla glue and never had an issue afterwards.
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      01-20-2011 04:03 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by fuquar View Post
      How did you affix the shift knob? I tried a zip-tie, but it wasn't tight enough. Ended up using some Gorilla glue and never had an issue afterwards.
      Mine threaded on like the old mk3 shift knob
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      01-20-2011 04:09 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by fukdapo9 View Post
      Do i spy a bowl piece in the glove box
      hahaha i was thinking the same thing.

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      01-20-2011 04:29 PM #14
      Same pretty much for the mkV trim as well, just make sure whichever you use, that the shift tower can go back far enough to get into 2nd and 4th easily.


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      01-20-2011 04:32 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      Mine threaded on like the old mk3 shift knob
      Really? The shift knob I got (Leather) didn't have any threads and was held on to it's previous car with a metal hose clamp (whatever the factory uses that crimps and can't be reused.)
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      01-20-2011 04:36 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by fuquar View Post
      Really? The shift knob I got (Leather) didn't have any threads and was held on to it's previous car with a metal hose clamp (whatever the factory uses that crimps and can't be reused.)
      Thats odd, well mine isnt stock.. its a mk4 "style" but I bought it off of ebay for $2.88.. it came with that metal hose clamp your talking about tho
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      01-20-2011 05:18 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      lol my car is in pieces inside my garage right now thats why its all dirty, if you saw the rest of the car your jaw would drop
      Pics or it's not true! Lol!

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      Bump for some good info

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      04-27-2011 07:01 PM #19
      That's a Mk4 Shift Knob?
      I have the same one in my mk3. I found if out of a mk2 gti in a junkyard tho
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      04-28-2011 09:56 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Vdub4me97 View Post
      That's a Mk4 Shift Knob?
      I have the same one in my mk3. I found if out of a mk2 gti in a junkyard tho
      Thats odd, must have been put it by its last owner
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    21. 04-28-2011 02:10 PM #21
      i am definetly doing this... it will go nicely with all the 3.5 cabrio stuff .. thank you and nice diy
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      04-30-2011 09:30 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Helios12v View Post
      i am definetly doing this... it will go nicely with all the 3.5 cabrio stuff .. thank you and nice diy
      Thanks, and yeah I added it because my car is a k2 and has the silver face guages
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      05-07-2011 09:05 PM #23


      Just got mine today.. and YES that is a tv molded to my cup holders

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      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post


      Just got mine today.. and YES that is a tv molded to my cup holders
      so now you have absolutely no cup holders? lol

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      05-08-2011 12:34 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by I-PlayWithMyGolf View Post
      so now you have absolutely no cup holders? lol
      This car came with no cup holders anyways they held change very well

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      05-08-2011 09:34 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by vento86 View Post
      This car came with no cup holders anyways they held change very well
      I dont know about you guys but I can fit an extra large dunkin donuts coffee in my cupholders it just BARELY fits, But nice job on the shifter!
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      doingthis as we speak

    28. 05-08-2011 01:21 PM #28
      what model mk4 does this trim ring come from?
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      05-08-2011 07:46 PM #29
      how did you make that silver trim sits perfectly to mk3 plastic because they are not same when you look it from side ?

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      05-09-2011 11:30 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Helios12v View Post
      what model mk4 does this trim ring come from?
      No idea

      Quote Originally Posted by sven54 View Post
      how did you make that silver trim sits perfectly to mk3 plastic because they are not same when you look it from side ?
      my trim ring has clips on the side that I just slid under the original mk3 shifter surround if that makes sense, and it sits flush
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      05-09-2011 11:42 AM #31
      Mine doesn't sit flush.. but it does clip in very well.

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      05-10-2011 04:52 AM #32
      mine has clips as well but they are to weak to hold the whole knob with boot on its place :S

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      05-10-2011 08:38 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by sven54 View Post
      mine has clips as well but they are to weak to hold the whole knob with boot on its place :S
      Yeah I honestly dont know how mine stays in place, I figured it would pop out with every bump I hit but it doesnt
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      05-11-2011 05:11 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      Yeah I honestly dont know how mine stays in place, I figured it would pop out with every bump I hit but it doesnt
      Hmm...I will see what I can do. Maybe to use some glue or silicone from inside...

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      Quote Originally Posted by sven54 View Post
      Hmm...I will see what I can do. Maybe to use some glue or silicone from inside...
      Super glue and hot glue would work good.

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