Has anyone thought to try the Miata ND OEM leather shift knob on our Mazda 3's? I cannot for the life of me find one brand new for sale anywhere.
lol no worries you guys will be first to know.Please keep us advised on how your Miata gear shift knob purchase progresses, most importantly that it worked and it is now on your car!
Inquiring minds are eagerly awaiting that confirmation!
That's what I think too, shouldn't be too long before I have it in hand to try. For now this is what Im using, its a Tiburon 5spd knob I have used in my past 3 vehicles. As you can see there is a tiny bit of a gap but it really does not bother me. As an added bonus, dumbass car thieves won't know this is actually a 6spd muahahaha lol.It almost looks like it might be easily interchangeable with the 3's knob as far as height of the boot goes since the miata has the silver piece underneath
I will be test fitting one from a fellow autocross member when I run the practice event this Saturday so stay tuned to this thread for pics
Looking around I have seen the going rate seems to be about $125 for a NIB MX5 knob as pictured. :surprise:
I have this shift knob in my car. Super simple install too.
I bought my knob from an MX-5 owner who replaced theirs with an aftermarket knob.
I followed the service manual to remove the center console/commander knob unit. The shift boot bezel is a bit tricky to remove but as long as you are patient, gentle and follow the service manual it pops right out.
Since there is a gap between the boot cover and the bottom of the knob I used 3 zip ties which made up the difference in the space between the two and if at a later time can easily be undone.
Here is the end result. The feel of this knob is a significant improvement over the OEM Mazda3 one. The weight of the knob is about 4 times heavier than the original, it is metal under the leather the feel is solid, size is perfect for my hand; not too small or large. Overall I am very happy with the results.
No problem, always glad to contribute to the community.Wow the simplest idea and it works, zip ties lol. I would have probably used scrap copper wire since Im an electrician an always have some floatin around in my tool bag, but zip ties looks like an even easier method. Thanks for posting that Keter