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      02-18-2014 11:56 AM #1


      Not only does our new billet, heavyweight shift knob look great inside your car, but it also adds a bit of function and performance as well. With its solid construction and added heft, shifting becomes smoother and faster. Utilizing a modular threaded insert design this shift knob is compatible with nearly any application.

      Weighing in at approximately 250 grams the added inertial mass makes shifting effort substantially less while speeding up the process at the same time.




      For MK1 through MK3 vehicles, no set screws are required; you simply thread the knob on in seconds. For the newer vehicles, including MK4, MK5 and MK6 vehicles, we provide an adapter that perfectly matches the shift rod to ensure a precise and secure fit using the three large set screws. Other “universal” shift knobs have too much slop in the diameter causing them to come loose over a short time. Our billet shift knob is engineered for a secure and lasting installation!


      Includes:
      • One heavy weight shift knob
      • One BFI crest logo coin
      • One adapter for vehicles without threaded selector shaft
      • Three set screws
      • Allen key for set screws





      *Shift boot not included. Used for illustrative purposes only.
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      02-18-2014 07:19 PM #2
      Looks sharp...too bad I have a DSG!

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      02-19-2014 10:12 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by DaBigDogg View Post
      Looks sharp...too bad I have a DSG!
      Manual swap. Problem solved.
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      02-20-2014 01:29 PM #4
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      03-12-2014 05:58 PM #5
      Back in stock!
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      03-13-2014 10:06 AM #6
      if bfi puts out a diy video for mkvi's. i will buy asap. BOOM.

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      03-13-2014 10:08 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by heycalvind View Post
      if bfi puts out a diy video for mkvi's. i will buy asap. BOOM.
      We don't plan on making any DIYs on how to install.
      It's very straight forward and there's a bunch of DIYs already out there on how to remove the stock knob.
      If you know how to turn a wrench, installing this shift knob is a walk in the park.
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      03-14-2014 11:59 AM #8
      Is the BFI Crest logo coin a separate piece from the actual knob? If so, how is it attached?

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      03-14-2014 12:18 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by heycalvind View Post
      if bfi puts out a diy video for mkvi's. i will buy asap. BOOM.
      It's super easy to install most any shift knob of this kind. If you want I can send you the link to the TWM knob install instructions I used for my knob

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      03-14-2014 12:28 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Anshu View Post
      Is the BFI Crest logo coin a separate piece from the actual knob? If so, how is it attached?
      It is a separate piece. We like to keep it module in the event we start to offer alternate 'coins'. The coin is attached using double sided tape.
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      03-14-2014 12:53 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by imitenotbecrazy View Post
      It's super easy to install most any shift knob of this kind. If you want I can send you the link to the TWM knob install instructions I used for my knob
      Could you PM to me too? It's prob super easy but I like having a backup of these kinds of things just in case.

    12. 03-15-2014 01:54 AM #12
      Just ordered one if these beauty's.

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      03-15-2014 07:24 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by xskater2099 View Post
      Just ordered one if these beauty's.
      Thanks!!
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    14. 03-20-2014 05:49 PM #14
      Got mine in the mail today, WOW, awesome, easy install, I found the plastic stock ring to be a bitch to get off, but not hard.

      Knob is heavy all right, feels awesome shifting with my short shift and 42dd bushings. Totally worth the $99, only
      Complaint is going to be in cold weather. Brrrrr.

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      03-20-2014 06:20 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by xskater2099 View Post
      Got mine in the mail today, WOW, awesome, easy install, I found the plastic stock ring to be a bitch to get off, but not hard.

      Knob is heavy all right, feels awesome shifting with my short shift and 42dd bushings. Totally worth the $99, only
      Complaint is going to be in cold weather. Brrrrr.
      Thanks for the feedback!
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    16. 03-20-2014 08:52 PM #16
      Hey Pete, the only thing ihad an issue with was the boot clamp? How do clamp it? I got fed up and used a zip tie.

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      03-20-2014 09:58 PM #17
      It's a pinch clamp that you squeeze closed with pliers.
      Don't sweat it though- I also used a zip tie and it's been working just fine.
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    18. 03-24-2014 08:50 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by pete@blackforest View Post
      It's a pinch clamp that you squeeze closed with pliers.
      Don't sweat it though- I also used a zip tie and it's been working just fine.
      Must have been slow that day, lol. Oh well zip tie works prefect and u can a we it anyway

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      03-24-2014 06:03 PM #19
      I just got this for my GLI and tried to fit it.

      i'm not sure if they changed anything for the 2014 jetta gli, but this knob sits too high on my shifter... the shift shaft doesnt move higher up on the knob's "threaded" section for mk1-mk3s. makes it look like a truck shifter sitting that high. aside from that i love the looks and the weight of it. kinda don't want to cut the shift shaft to make it work... might have to just sell it.
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      03-24-2014 06:52 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by CBR600F4 View Post
      I just got this for my GLI and tried to fit it.

      i'm not sure if they changed anything for the 2014 jetta gli, but this knob sits too high on my shifter... the shift shaft doesnt move higher up on the knob's "threaded" section for mk1-mk3s. makes it look like a truck shifter sitting that high. aside from that i love the looks and the weight of it. kinda don't want to cut the shift shaft to make it work... might have to just sell it.
      We received your e-mail about this as well.

      You're the first person - that I'm aware of - having an issue with overall fitment. Unless there's something unique with the '14 models that we're not aware of, this should fit just as well as it does on previous model years.

      If our Heavy Weight shift knob is taller than stock, it shouldn't be but more than a fraction of an inch.

      Someone did comment that the knob appeared to be taller on their GTI because the adapter did not come down the selector shaft as far as the stock knob and it gave it the appearance of being taller. Maybe that's the issue?

      Send us some pictures - we would love to take a look!
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      03-25-2014 08:54 AM #21
      Are there any other options for coins? I can't find any. If not could you do a custom design?

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      03-25-2014 10:01 AM #22
      Heres a couple pics. Not the greatest but you can tell how much taller it is. These pics are of the OEM and BFI fulling installed. I would need to either cut an inch off the shift shaft or machine the inside thread for the twist off applications.







      Quote Originally Posted by pete@blackforest View Post
      We received your e-mail about this as well.

      You're the first person - that I'm aware of - having an issue with overall fitment. Unless there's something unique with the '14 models that we're not aware of, this should fit just as well as it does on previous model years.

      If our Heavy Weight shift knob is taller than stock, it shouldn't be but more than a fraction of an inch.

      Someone did comment that the knob appeared to be taller on their GTI because the adapter did not come down the selector shaft as far as the stock knob and it gave it the appearance of being taller. Maybe that's the issue?

      Send us some pictures - we would love to take a look!
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      03-25-2014 10:45 AM #23
      Why don't you want to cut the shaft? Makes tons of difference in any knob. I cut mine 3" and its almost a whole new shifting experience

      sent from the new G Flex

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      03-25-2014 10:55 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by imitenotbecrazy View Post
      Why don't you want to cut the shaft? Makes tons of difference in any knob.

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      03-25-2014 11:04 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by dunkadunkle View Post
      I've been trying to find better wording for any of this for like 2 months. I can't. Laugh on

      sent from the new G Flex

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      Last edited by black forest ind; 03-26-2014 at 01:46 PM.

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      03-26-2014 05:39 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by imitenotbecrazy View Post
      Why don't you want to cut the shaft? Makes tons of difference in any knob. I cut mine 3" and its almost a whole new shifting experience

      sent from the new G Flex
      I don't want to cut the shaft because the car is a leased car.
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    28. 03-26-2014 10:14 PM #28
      Did u screw the two parts together on the knob and then slide all the way down before tightening any if the set screws?

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      06-17-2014 09:10 PM #30
      I have this same exact problem. Either I attach the boot to the shift knob and it 'sort of' fits, but as soon as I move the shifter in-gear the boot de-attaches from the bottom. I have tried attaching just the boot to the shift stick and then putting the shift knob is, but there is like an inch gap -it looks awful.


      [Edit]
      shift stick with just the boot attached directly to the shaft


      the shaft won't go all the way inside the knob. the shaft gets stuck where the threading starts


      with the boot attached to the knob the shift boot is too short and gets pulled out when shifting into gear (

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      06-18-2014 03:26 AM #31
      31 dollars for shipping to canada??

      I was going to pull the trigger too

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      06-19-2014 02:33 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Hitherto View Post
      I have this same exact problem. Either I attach the boot to the shift knob and it 'sort of' fits, but as soon as I move the shifter in-gear the boot de-attaches from the bottom. I have tried attaching just the boot to the shift stick and then putting the shift knob is, but there is like an inch gap -it looks awful.


      shift stick with just the boot attached directly to the shaft


      the shaft won't go all the way inside the knob. the shaft gets stuck where the threading starts


      with the boot attached to the knob the shift boot is too short and gets pulled out when shifting into gear (
      How much of the shift boot are you folding over when you attach it to the shift knob's adapter?
      We have sold quite a few of these to the MK6 crowd and I don't recall receiving any complaints about this.


      Quote Originally Posted by Tjc16 View Post
      31 dollars for shipping to canada??

      I was going to pull the trigger too
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      I love mine!


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      06-25-2014 03:27 PM #34
      The very smallest amount of leather had been attached to the shift knob. If this were the problem I probably could have figured that out myself.
      Do you have any helpful suggestions?

      Could this issue be due to the stick shaft not inserting all the way into the shift knob? The shaft gets stuck at the inner threading inside the shift knob, near the top of the inside of the shift knob.
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      06-25-2014 03:54 PM #35
      sucks that i have DSG, or i would of gotten this
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