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Getting the old knob off is a chore. I used a razor blade to cut vertically along the "stitching", then took a tree saw <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> and sawed horizontally. It was painstaking but it worked. I was able to hack off several one-inch chunks to expose the plastic beneath, which I crushed using a vice-grips. I then crushed the ring that covers the top of the boot in the same fashion and got it off. <p>This left the shift post exposed and fortunately my boot leather was intact, but without the ring there was now about a one-inch open hole at the top to deal with. I stretched the boot up and gathered it and wrapped it at the very top with some electrical tape. Then stuck the new knob down on top of where the tape was wrapped around the gathered boot and there was just enough oversize in the new knob to accept the wrapped shift post. I pressed it down onto the shaft and it clicked right into place. Glad to be rid of the plastic-rubber oem knob. Here's what the new one looks like:<IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z113/pelicanflyt/IMG_3709.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z113/pelicanflyt/IMG_3710.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z113/pelicanflyt/IMG_3711.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z113/pelicanflyt/IMG_3712.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>Thanks to Chris for the idea. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V70 T5m Shift Knob Upgrade (pelicanflyt)

Hey!<p>Where did you get your new shifter knob? Is it leather? Mine is completely worn and Im trying to find one for my C70. Cant seem to find any around here...<p>Thanks for the help,<p>Luc
 

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Glad you got it on there! Now that I see the shift knob in the picture, that one definitely came stock on the newer P2 70 series cars and probably C70s from 2001 on. Looks good.
 

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Re: V70 T5m Shift Knob Upgrade (pelicanflyt)

Glad to see you got yours on. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I agree, a real PITA to get the old one off but the new one is really nice to drive with daily.<br>
 

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I also "upgraded" to the leather knob when my shift boot began to rip. It was something like $20 more than the plastic knob.<p>This is the a '98 leather knob. It has an inset shift pattern rather than an embossed pattern. I remember looking at a C70 with the embossed knob at my dealer but it was at least a '99 or '00 and maybe later.<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/BobShiftright/DSCN0615.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Below is my old plastic shift knob and the boot. <p>The "collar" is cast as part of the knob.<p><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v422/BobShiftright/DSCN0618.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, it's surprising what a difference such a small change makes. BTW, billdcat, how in the world did you remove that intact???
 

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Re: V70 T5m Shift Knob Upgrade (LucasC70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LucasC70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey!<p>Where did you get your new shifter knob? Is it leather? Mine is completely worn and Im trying to find one for my C70. Cant seem to find any around here...<p>Thanks for the help,<p>Luc</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It is leather, from an '04 C70, and it cost around $70. I ordered it from Don at Darrel Waltrip Volvo. Here's the part number: 8671189 - gear shift knob.
 

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Re: V70 T5m Shift Knob Upgrade (1999_V70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1999_V70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">That wood trim is horrific. Sorry. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>If you look in the foreground of the wood trim you find objectionable, there is a newly installed shift knob. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: V70 T5m Shift Knob Upgrade (pelicanflyt)

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<br>It is leather, from an '04 C70, and it cost around $70. I ordered it from Don at Darrel Waltrip Volvo. Here's the part number: 8671189 - gear shift knob.[/QUOTE<p>Thanks for the tip! I'll email them and see how much it is with the shipping and so on.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pelicanflyt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">BTW, billdcat, how in the world did you remove that intact??? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Piece of cake! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Like everyone else, I searched all the Volvo sites, looked at the new knob, looked at the boot, looked at the parts diagrams, looked at the Sawzall pictures, and contemplated the procedure from every possible angle. <p>Then I placed the new boot and the new leather knob in my box o' Volvo parts for a year or so.<p>After a year or so, I handed the car, the knob, the boot and the white plastic ring that holds the shifter ball in place to the guys at my local indy Porsche garage. <p>There is a special tool designed to release the plastic prongs on shift knobs designed like that. I understand VADIS says to cut the knob off, but it's FOS, there is a special tool. There is a picture of one over at VS -- I know their search feature isn't the best but you can find it if you try.<p><br>
 

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Sometimes it pays to pay someone. Someone with the right tool. Nice result.
 

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If you want the period-correct leather shift knob for a gen 70 series here it is: 9183646 Volvo Grey Leather shift knob $60 or so. <br>This is the one I have on my car and the same that "bill d cat" has shown in his pictures.<p>So there are 2 options for leather shift knobs.
 

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Bill and Will <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Thanks for pictures and part number <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Definitely like the shift knob with collar. It looks finished. Or it just me - staring on it for 6 years I must be get used to it..<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Papa_Kirlo at 10:25 AM 4-20-2009</i>
 

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Instead of the integrated large outer collar of the early knob, the later version of the knob is designed to be used with a boot that has an integrated collar at the top. <br><IMG SRC="http://gallery.me.com/chris_stewart/100226/IMG_4352/web.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>Now that I've seen all the different pictures I realize this. So if you go with the later version of the knob and want a more finished look, you have to also replace the boot (as Chris did) and achieve this look (part No. for the boot is 9445843 +/- $90): <IMG SRC="http://gallery.me.com/chris_stewart/100226/IMG_4387/web.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Very nice! Bit more expensive with the later style boot but if your old one is ripped anyway...nice upgrade.
 

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Looks good!<p>I guess mine was used '00- it doens't look anything like yours - more angled on the back side... I'm thinking of reducing it slightly so I can wrap the whole thing in leather. None of these will work for me as they're all marked for 5 spd...<p>I have a complete spaceball shifter with cables coming - so I can fabricate a true short shift. Also the '04's have a reverse lock out solenoid which I'm hoping to adapt as a neutral safety for my remote start.
 

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Thanks man. I appreciate it. Glad to hear you are considering ways to keep your XC.
 

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I had some spare time today so I stopped by one of the local dealerships. Yeah, they want $130 for the earlier X70 leather shift knob like bill d cat bought <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> The girl at the counter just wrote the price on a piece of paper and slid it across the counter lol.<p>Time to give DW Volvo a call <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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That's ludicrous! I got mine from DW less than 9 months ago for $60.<br>I hope the price hasn't gone up 100+% in that time period.
 
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