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Shift knob replacement?

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger Interior Discussion' started by Hamburger1971, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Hamburger1971

    Hamburger1971 United States Newish Member

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    Hi everyone. Has anyone replace the "T" shift knob (non drive-by-wire) with an aftermarket part? I've only seen one replacement option out there, but can't imagine that other options don't exist.

    Apparently the knob is kept on by friction, so it's not hard to remove. On my S4 it was a PITA to R&R the stock shift knob with a replacement that didn't look like it belonged on a 90's Chevy. This one looks easier to swap, but I'm not sure what's available.

    Thanks!
     
  2. nhcowboy28

    nhcowboy28 United States Member

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    95AE02C5-DBB6-45CE-9C01-8558E5476997.jpeg 08AC9EB8-25EA-429A-AD71-CDF930D6671E.png I’ve only seen the Alcantera swap.

    You use a trim tool to push between the leather and base Facing the rear. It wil pup up, then you pull towards the front. You then have to replace a bottom section. First removing the “button”... a bit tricky. Flat screw driver in a few pressure plate holes. Then a few screws.

    Not too bad.
     
  3. Hamburger1971

    Hamburger1971 United States Newish Member

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    Thanks, cowboy. That's the drive by wire, which I like better than the T bar in the other models. What I'm thinking about is a full swap, where the entire knob comes off and is replaced by another one. I saw a carbon fiber option but think that would look odd without any other CF - not to mention that the shape of the handle was still the same. Just wondering if there are any other knobs out there that fit but may be more 'round' or somehow feel sleeker than the stock T.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Callum

    Callum United States Active Member

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    I wonder how hard it would be to swap the drive by wire. I love that in mine. A huge selling point for me, was this. The standard T grip looks awefuk. Ruins the center console in my eyes
     
  5. brancky3

    brancky3 Canada Active Member

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    Originally I was looking at the GT1 but the shifter, screen in the gauge cluster, and infotainment screen upgrades in the GT2 were too hard to look past.
     
  6. Callum

    Callum United States Active Member

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    Yup. The GT2 is the trim level to go with. The small changes make a massive difference, and certainly warranted the added cost. I looked at a loaded GT1 and just felt lacking in some areas.
     
  7. Ucinn

    Ucinn United States Stinger Enthusiast Sustaining Member

    I guess I'm one of the few that like the t-handle better than the FBW shifter.
     
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  8. Luminary

    Luminary United States Active Member Staff Member Moderator Sustaining Member +

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    Ive had both now, and I think I rather like the t-handle shifter better between the two.
     
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  9. BigPlum

    BigPlum United States Newish Member

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    I knew my budget, and was dead set on the GT1. Then, I test drove the GT2. Never should have done that. Now I have GT2 envy...

    Either way, I love my GT1 and am still ecstatic with my decision.

    I would love to swap out the "T" shift knob, too, though. Tracking this post...
     
  10. Hamburger1971

    Hamburger1971 United States Newish Member

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    The 2019 GT2 doesn't offer enough over the GT1 to be worth it IMHO, other than a more attractive shift knob :)

    There have to be 'sleeker' options out there that are a swap, I need to check with Kia specialists and see what's available with the 'side' button. Though on my S4 I switched from the clunky side button stock knob to a round, front button on the DSG with relatively little effort, wonder if that's possible on the Stinger!
     
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