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    Thread: TWM Performance A6 Leopard Shift Knob

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      08-21-2012 02:56 PM #1
      I know that a lot of people don't consider a shift knob to be of any importance on their list of things to do to a car, but I consider it pretty much essential as I have yet to drive a vehicle with a row-your-own transmission where I was completely satisfied with the stock knob. Whether it's from the shape and feel to the height or weight, I've never liked one. With my last manual transmission vehicle, a 2008 Honda Civic Si, I stumbled upon TWM Performance in my search, sprang for it and fell absolutely in love. I didn't even look anywhere else when I got home with my R and sat down to order parts.

      In the case of my Civic, I chose the M1 Abrams, but for the R I picked the A6 Leopard because of the added neck at the bottom. These knobs weigh over a pound, so you can pretty much just flick it into gear, even without a short shift kit. I chose the graphite finish with the pattern engraved, and it matches the R interior quite well.

      Everything needed for this specific installation is included with the exception of the Allen key required for the base.

      http://www.twmshiftknobs.com/shiftkn...-2012&twmonly=

      Box it comes in:


      Uninstalled, with the extremely detailed instructions:


      Installed:

    2. 08-21-2012 03:02 PM #2
      Wow that looks like a quality piece. If someone tries to car jack you, it doubles as a weapon

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      08-21-2012 04:20 PM #3
      Does it attach the same way the factory knob attaches? I don't like the aftermarket knobs that just use crappy set screws because they always fail. I had a UUC Motorwerks shifter and knob that threaded together using massive thread and it worked super well. I'd rock one of these TWM knobs if it doesn't wiggle loose all the time!

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      08-21-2012 04:20 PM #4
      I want. If that hybrid one came with the raised bit like this one id jump on it, looks like a good solution to the super hot shifter issue
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      08-21-2012 04:55 PM #5
      I really like the feel of a metal shift knob, except when it is really cold or really hot. There is a lot of thermal mass there and it will either burn you or suck all the heat out.
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      08-21-2012 09:22 PM #6
      looks cool
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      08-22-2012 12:54 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by ecirwin View Post
      I really like the feel of a metal shift knob, except when it is really cold or really hot. There is a lot of thermal mass there and it will either burn you or suck all the heat out.
      The stock knob will burn your hand badly as it is
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      08-22-2012 07:38 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by V8Star View Post
      The stock knob will burn your hand badly as it is
      Yes, I agree. That metal piece on the top gets hot. I assume it will also get f'ing cold in the winter. In comparison to a solid metal shift knob, the stocker is nothing. In the summer, the solid knob would probably take 15 minutes of driving with a/c blasting to cool down. In the winter it would probably take twice that long to feel warm.
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      08-22-2012 08:08 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      Does it attach the same way the factory knob attaches? I don't like the aftermarket knobs that just use crappy set screws because they always fail. I had a UUC Motorwerks shifter and knob that threaded together using massive thread and it worked super well. I'd rock one of these TWM knobs if it doesn't wiggle loose all the time!
      It's a sort of a hybrid. The knob itself has very serious thread, and what attaches to the actual shifter is threaded for the knob so it can be removed easily from the car or swapped for a different TWM knob. Although that attaches to the shaft with set screws (not the cheap kind), it is not coming off. If I have time, I'll take the knob off later today to show the mounting.

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      08-22-2012 08:09 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by ecirwin View Post
      I really like the feel of a metal shift knob, except when it is really cold or really hot. There is a lot of thermal mass there and it will either burn you or suck all the heat out.
      This knob can be unscrewed and placed in the glovebox if desired, which also doubles as a security precaution.

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      08-23-2012 02:46 PM #11
      Mounting:


      Knob threading:

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      08-23-2012 06:49 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by dc/dc View Post
      It's a sort of a hybrid. The knob itself has very serious thread, and what attaches to the actual shifter is threaded for the knob so it can be removed easily from the car or swapped for a different TWM knob. Although that attaches to the shaft with set screws (not the cheap kind), it is not coming off. If I have time, I'll take the knob off later today to show the mounting.
      Thanks for the details and the pictures, looks like a very high quality product. Add another thing to the list!

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      08-24-2012 10:17 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      Thanks for the details and the pictures, looks like a very high quality product. Add another thing to the list!
      They are very high quality, and worth every penny.

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      09-16-2012 08:42 PM #14
      Kind of digging this up from the dead.

      I am curious about the height of this knob. Did it add or subtract any height to the entire shift assembly? If anything when I get an aftermarket knob I'd want it to sit lower than stock, effectively shortening the throw.

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      09-17-2012 01:38 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      Kind of digging this up from the dead.

      I am curious about the height of this knob. Did it add or subtract any height to the entire shift assembly? If anything when I get an aftermarket knob I'd want it to sit lower than stock, effectively shortening the throw.
      It shortens it a little bit. I didn't measure it, but it's noticeable.
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      09-17-2012 01:45 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by dc/dc View Post
      It shortens it a little bit. I didn't measure it, but it's noticeable.
      Thanks, it looks like the M1 model sits even lower than the one you got. I might have to pick one of these up soon.

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      09-17-2012 02:16 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      Thanks, it looks like the M1 model sits even lower than the one you got. I might have to pick one of these up soon.
      The M1 is exactly the same as the A6 except for the little neck, so it won't get you any lower unfortunately.
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      09-17-2012 02:22 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by dc/dc View Post
      The M1 is exactly the same as the A6 except for the little neck, so it won't get you any lower unfortunately.
      If you look at the pictures on TWMs site they show the M1 and A6 mounted in the same vehicle and the M1 definitely looks like it sits lower.

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      09-17-2012 07:52 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Atl-Atl View Post
      If you look at the pictures on TWMs site they show the M1 and A6 mounted in the same vehicle and the M1 definitely looks like it sits lower.
      Hmmm... It shouldn't be. It's the same ball, and the threads go to the same spot. The only explanation I could see is if it was a vehicle that had threads on the shaft and they didn't have one of them all the way down. This was the case in my Si.
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      09-17-2012 08:26 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by dc/dc View Post
      Hmmm... It shouldn't be. It's the same ball, and the threads go to the same spot. The only explanation I could see is if it was a vehicle that had threads on the shaft and they didn't have one of them all the way down. This was the case in my Si.
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      09-18-2012 07:16 AM #21
      Can't explain that one other than my previous thought...
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      09-14-2013 03:48 PM #22
      Just installed mine last night! FEELS GREAT!

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