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For those who don't know, my auto tranny died yesterday at 62,999 miles. I've decided to pursue a 5 speed manual tranny swap.

I was just curious if I could reuse my shift knob that you see in the pic below once I convert to the manual tranny? There is a button on the knob that I'm sure I'd have to press in order to allow me to move the shift knob, but wasn't sure if there was anything else preventing me from re-using my shift knob.

Why would I want to reuse my shift knob? Mainly because it's an AC Schnitzer CF shift knob and I also have the AC Schnitzer CF steering wheel and interior trims (therefore I have the full set of interior AC Schnitzer CF stuff), therefore I don't want to have to break up the set if possible.

Also if anyone has any good recommendations on CF manual shift knobs that would match up with my CF interior below, do let me know. :thumbsup:

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If they can make the manual knob work for the auto, I don't see why it would not work the other way around.:dunno:
 

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If they can make the manual knob work for the auto, I don't see why it would not work the other way around.:dunno:
That's what I was thinking.

probably with lots of work, they are two completely different units.
Really? I've seen plenty of threads here where people with auto tranny cars can put a manual shift knob in their cars (they just won't have the button on the shift knob that will keep it locked in a particular auto tranny gear). I would have thought the reverse would hold true and allow me to use an auto shift knob in a manual tranny car (except that I'd constantly have to hold down the button on the auto shift knob whenever shifting gears)
 

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If you do the work to convert it you could just disable the button altogether.
Does AC not offer a CF Standard shift knob?

Off topic: but are the CF splitters (correct term?) on your bumber actually part of the bumper or an add-on?

I have an m-tech bumber but it looks like your bumper sans the cf part and I was wondering if I could get pieces to go on like that.
 

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You'd actually have to find a way to remove the shaft that is attached to the auto knob. Not sure how that's done - maybe just break it off. That's the shaft that controls what happens with the button, which would do absolutely nothing in a manual. I'm guessing it could be done, but why not look for a CF manual knob. Plenty of those.
 

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sorry to hear about your transmission's death. that sucks. what are you doin with the old trans once you do the 5spd swap? if it'd fit any auto, it'd be a good idea for someone to grab and have rebuilt for emergencies like this if they don't want to do the swap.

good luck with it.
 

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If you do the work to convert it you could just disable the button altogether.
Does AC not offer a CF Standard shift knob?

Off topic: but are the CF splitters (correct term?) on your bumber actually part of the bumper or an add-on?

I have an m-tech bumber but it looks like your bumper sans the cf part and I was wondering if I could get pieces to go on like that.
No unfortunately ACS doesn't offer a CF manual tranny shift knob, only automatic. :(

The CF splitters on my car are an add-on, not part of the bumper. They are AC Schnitzer style CF splitters which I got off eBay from a place called Delsa Motorsports... unfortunately I've been wanting to get a 2nd set to keep as a spare but no one seems to make these specific CF splitters anymore.

You'd actually have to find a way to remove the shaft that is attached to the auto knob. Not sure how that's done - maybe just break it off. That's the shaft that controls what happens with the button, which would do absolutely nothing in a manual. I'm guessing it could be done, but why not look for a CF manual knob. Plenty of those.
Yeah, I was thinking that same thing... when I pressed the button on the shift knob prior to having it installed I noticed that a shaft moves whenever pressing that button... like you said, I might look into breaking that shaft off once I'm SURE it will fit on my car.
I actually haven't seen too many CF manual knobs... only the ones on bavauto, uuc, and turner motorsports websites... are you aware of any others besides these?

sorry to hear about your transmission's death. that sucks. what are you doin with the old trans once you do the 5spd swap? if it'd fit any auto, it'd be a good idea for someone to grab and have rebuilt for emergencies like this if they don't want to do the swap.

good luck with it.
Thanks Brandon! Good idea about saving the auto tranny... my only concerns would be where on earth I'd store such a huge thing (I've heard the torque converters are VERY HEAVY).
 
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