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    1. Member VWDUBLUVIN's Avatar
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      07-06-2012 12:07 AM #1
      So I saw the thread where the guy in a mk4 bought the momo knob and put a manual shift surround in place of the PRND etc. And I have an mk3 automatic so I wanted something cleaner in my car cause that thing is hideous.

      So to start off with I went out and bought the manual shift surround from this guy kinda ripped me off but I was desperate junks yards didn't have them started by cleaning it then.

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      STEP ONE: you want to cut a portion in the top part of the surround so the car can go into Park. Like so.
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      STEP TWO: your going to want to make sure the cuts big enough. Then either use the OEM shift boot or make your own and to make your own is pretty straightforward just undo an OEM boot and trace it out on the material you want and get it stitched having a sewing machine is very helpful and a mom who can help haha
      In the OEM boot there is a spring that wraps around the shift surround to hold the boot in place your going to want to make sure you see a tunnel like to feed the spring through our new boot
      I had to cut the spring to get it off then twisted the ends together once through the new boot to stay in place to make sure I taped it with electrical tape, and the result for the boot will look like this:
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      STEP THREE: To get your boot to stay up is a bit difficult but i had the manual knob and the clamp it had that keeps the OEM boot in place looking at how that worked I applied it to the little cylinder plastic that goes under the knob on MK3 automatics.
      I had yarn wrapped around it, stuck on by spray adhesive, (tried to go for a rat look in the interior but changed routes) therefore the yarn help thicken the cylinder so I fed the boot through the clamp folded it over to make it stay in place then taped the fabric to the clamp to secure it stuck the cylinder with the yarn side going into the clamp and getting to sit flush with the boot then stuck it on and was surprised I did it lol. I'll get pictures of this part soon!

      STEP FOUR: If your shift surround is a different color your going to want to paint it. The best way of going about this is to buy plastic spray paint ScotchBrite the surround wipe it down with a clean rag and paint light coats, give it some flash time, then give another coat, to speed my flash time I used a blow dryer on heat mode, no the paint won't peal its how every car is painted once down they bake it. So that shouldn't cause the paint to peal. Then put the boot back on a. Da then knob and our done!

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      If any questions drop a reply here. I know its an automatic don't have to remind me twice. The reason for the fabric being that pattern is cause my head liner is the same way.

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      07-06-2012 08:20 AM #2
      That's actually pretty cool
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      I managed to destroy the car in 2 days...wait, did I say destroy? I meant make it awesome.

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      07-09-2012 01:45 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by VW-G View Post
      That's actually pretty cool
      Thank you!

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      07-09-2012 01:59 PM #4
      This was one of the first mods i did to my MK3 Golf ... I modified my shifter lever so I could leave it in Neutral and just put the E-Brake. I do put it in Park sometimes though.

      I also got a 'MOMO Automatico' Shift Knob (Chrome & Black Leather) for it, flows very well. I'll snap a picture during my lunch break and post it on here for you to see

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      07-09-2012 03:12 PM #5
      How did you get it to sit in neutral??

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      07-09-2012 03:35 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      How did you get it to sit in neutral??

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      There's a metal tab that needs to be pushed down if I remember correctly. You'll notice it if you move from Park to Neutral. Just mess with it a bit. Anyway, here's a pic of mine:


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      07-09-2012 03:37 PM #7
      thats pretty cool.

      Im not sure if this will fit but theres guys that do this in Mustangs.

      In addition to the shift boot this might fit on the shift lever... to get rid off the huge auto knob.

      http://www.uprproducts.com/mustang-b...-polished.html

      kind of expensive and im sure theres cheaper knobs out there, but this one is pretty solid.

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      07-09-2012 03:50 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Mileperhr View Post
      thats pretty cool.

      Im not sure if this will fit but theres guys that do this in Mustangs.

      In addition to the shift boot this might fit on the shift lever... to get rid off the huge auto knob.

      http://www.uprproducts.com/mustang-b...-polished.html

      kind of expensive and im sure theres cheaper knobs out there, but this one is pretty solid.
      Doesn't work for us. I had contacted a retailer that sold those to get specs and it wasn't gonna work when I compared it.

      Luckily, I found the MOMO Automatico knob for cheap here on Vortex and love the way it looks.

      I had done the same thing on my old Civic that was Automatic using a Auto Spoon Duracon Knob, here's a picture:

      Last edited by DannyMK3; 07-09-2012 at 03:54 PM.

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      07-09-2012 03:51 PM #9
      Thanks guys. I'd like the momo one but from what I remember its even more of an expense then the Mustang one, I need a new knob though.
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      07-09-2012 04:11 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      Thanks guys. I'd like the momo one but from what I remember its even more of an expense then the Mustang one, I need a new knob though.
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      Yeah, the MOMO one is very pricey. I got lucky when I found the one I bought.

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      07-10-2012 03:08 AM #11
      Ya I should start looking for a good used one too!

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      07-10-2012 08:32 AM #12
      Really sweet. i might actually do this.



      but putting a manual knob on it and leaving it in neutral? now your kinda being lame.

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      07-10-2012 08:49 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Shaniqua View Post
      Really sweet. i might actually do this.



      but putting a manual knob on it and leaving it in neutral? now your kinda being lame.
      It's not a Manual Knob, the MOMO Automatico Knob (pictured on my MK3) is made specifically for Automatic Vehicles.

      If you're referring to the one I had on my Civic, then I can see where you're coming from. However, that "manual knob" is actually an Automatic Knob. I did not do the design of it, Spoon Sports designed it with the "Manual" look to it, you push down the button to engage into gears. It's actually a very rare and discontinued shift knob. Check the pics, click to enlarge.


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      07-11-2012 02:25 AM #14
      Ya these are all automatic knobs. do it and show me the result!!

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      07-11-2012 02:27 AM #15
      But quick question to you dannymk3 does your PRND321 light up in the dash??

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      07-11-2012 08:25 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      But quick question to you dannymk3 does your PRND321 light up in the dash??

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      Yes, my gear indicator in the speedometer still works.

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      07-11-2012 10:23 AM #17
      Very very cool! I love it!!!!
      I think my VW is broken. The check engine light is off!

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      07-11-2012 10:47 AM #18
      I removed the Shifter Cover this morning before heading out to work, to take a pic so you can see the 'modifications' I did in order to be able to leave the car in Neutral and still remove the key from the ignition. Please excuse the dirtiness and crust, I need to clean my car really bad (LOL!) just been super busy.

      Hope this helps!


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      07-11-2012 05:08 PM #19
      So it's supposed to have a light on it? Or just the black and white screen.

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      07-11-2012 05:09 PM #20
      Thanks man!

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      07-11-2012 05:31 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      So it's supposed to have a light on it? Or just the black and white screen.

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      Mine lights up green



      Oh and no problem on the picture, hopefully it helps you in making your shifter stay in neutral and remove the key from ignition.
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      07-11-2012 08:07 PM #22
      Im still confused on why you wouldnt just put it in park?

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      07-11-2012 08:35 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Shaniqua View Post
      Im still confused on why you wouldnt just put it in park?
      I don't understand, what's there to be confused about?

      I put it in park in situations when putting it in park is necessary, such as being on an incline. The rest of the time I choose to leave it in neutral and use the ebrake.

      Does it really matter to you what gear I leave my car on?

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      07-11-2012 08:47 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by DannyMK3 View Post
      Mine lights up green



      Oh and no problem on the picture, hopefully it helps you in making your shifter stay in neutral and remove the key from ignition.
      thank you that is very helpful mine does not do that so the cluster will be coming off soon, and yes thank you for the other picture that will be the projects for tomorrow, ive been sick today and yesterday couldnt do anything
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      07-12-2012 11:28 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      thank you that is very helpful mine does not do that so the cluster will be coming off soon, and yes thank you for the other picture that will be the projects for tomorrow, ive been sick today and yesterday couldnt do anything
      There's an orange bulb (1.1w) in the back of it that's supposed to light it up when you turn the lights on. Once you take the cluster out, you'll see it.

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      07-13-2012 12:13 AM #26
      Got it man thanks!! I took out my airbag light and put it in place of that cause that stupid light is always on but I have both bags connected and in there but I went ahead and changed the cluster light color also will get pics up soon.

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      07-13-2012 11:49 AM #27
      You should get the car scanned for the airbag light and find out what the problem is. If the light is on, the airbags won't deploy in an accident. Could be something as easy as resetting the fault code.

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      07-13-2012 02:51 PM #28
      Well I always thought it was cause the little plug under the seat was the problem cause it wasn't plugged in for a while then and when I first got the car the light would literally blink on and off sometimes it would look like it's on sync with the music haha

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      07-13-2012 03:26 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by DannyMK3 View Post
      There's a metal tab that needs to be pushed down if I remember correctly. You'll notice it if you move from Park to Neutral. Just mess with it a bit. Anyway, here's a pic of mine:

      Awesome.

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      07-13-2012 04:31 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Hurt View Post
      Awesome.
      Thanks

      I love the mod

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      07-13-2012 11:36 PM #31
      To get my car to sit in neutral with the key able to come out I pulled the little brass lever out because I accidentally pulled the spring out from under it so I pulled it out and it seems to work too.

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      07-13-2012 11:44 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by VWDUBLUVIN View Post
      To get my car to sit in neutral with the key able to come out I pulled the little brass lever out because I accidentally pulled the spring out from under it so I pulled it out and it seems to work too.

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      Cool, guess that works too.

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      07-14-2012 12:03 AM #33
      why not just put your car in park?

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      07-14-2012 12:35 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by sic_null View Post
      why not just put your car in park?

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      07-14-2012 03:20 AM #35
      We do, like I do at night but when in park the material stretches on mine that is and it's not as appealing.

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