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XV Crosstrek Shift Knob Removal and Upgrade (manual transmission)

  • by Zach (134)
  • 5 minutes

The stock Subaru 5-speed shift knob is rubbery and terrible. I decided to drop $40 on eBay for an OEM weighted leather knob. Surprisingly, the rubber OEM shift knob and upgraded leather shift knob were the same weight. Changing out the shift knob takes only a few minutes and resulted in a considerably more pleasant, controlled driving experience.

1

Remove the shift boot

At the top of the shift boot is a small compression cuff. This cuff fits over a collar on the bottom of the shift knob. Carefully wiggle the cuff downwards and away from the shift knob. It requires very little pressure to do so.

2

Remove the old shift knob

Turn the old shift knob counter-clockwise to remove it. You will need to rotate it about a dozen times to remove it.

3

Install the replacement shift knob

Assembly is the reverse of disassembly. Turn the new shift knob clockwise to install it.

4

Reattach the shift boot

Carefully slip the shift boot's cuff onto the new shift knob's collar. Be careful or you will rip the shift boot.

5

Enjoy!

This process takes only a few minutes (and steps), but the difference is noticeable. I feel more control over my Subaru and don't have that mushy, cheap shift knob feel which seems to disconnect me slightly from the transmission.