Nice Look - The Nut is Included for a Reason!
January 17, 2012
When I first received this item I decided to install the knob without the included nut. I tried to screw on the nut to the shifter, but it didn't seem to screw down far enough to then screw the knob on. To be honest, I didn't really know why the nut was included at all. I screwed the knob on. When tightened as hard as I could get, the gear diagram was off-center by quite a bit. I didn't like the look of that and was somewhat disappointed. I also didn't like the threading of the knob itself; it seemed weak and easy to strip if you're not careful. Still, with the knob installed it looked better than the stock knob, funky looking diagram or not. I decided to keep the bolt anyway.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. I had gotten tired with how the off-center diagram. I thought about putting the awful stock knob back on and being done with it. Then I remembered the nut -- which I still had in the center console. I decided to go against my better judgement and use a socket wrench to tighten the nut down as far as I could, to see if I could get enough thread on the shifter to screw in the knob. The nut would allow me to line up the knob properly if I could just get it on there. I didn't like the thought of putting at on of pressure on the shifter, but I wrenched it down enough and viola! The knob now lined up perfectly and fit snugly on the shifter. Since I wrenched the nut down the nut, it really didn't make the shifter seem that much higher as others have said on here. So -- if you want it to look right, use the nut and it'll look great!
I had a much easier time getting the leather boot around the lip of the plastic piece, and that's what people seem to have the most issue with! This is my first pony and my first purchase from AM... fantastic experience overall and will be coming here for all the parts I need!