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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.
 
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I saw someone on here earlier today asking about this and they actually did have the part numbers. Cant post links because I'm new but here are the part numbers. I did find them on Tascaparts.

For the metal cap: N243-46-032



For the knob itself: N244-46-030B
 

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When I go in for an oil change next month im going to check with the dealership to see what the price would be on it to see what the price would be through them. Ill update this when I get that info.
 

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Here is the shift knob for the Miata RF (folding hard top version), and I believe checking Mazda's official site, that it is also the knob for the ND version. Nice looking!







I will be looking into this. Looks like, but is not exactly, what is often called "baseball stitching."
 

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Should be interchangeable. Mazda uses the same 10x1.25 threads on just about everything.
That is baseball stitching on those knobs.
 

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Here is the shift knob for the Miata RF (folding hard top version), and I believe checking Mazda's official site, that it is also the knob for the ND version. Nice looking!







I will be looking into this. Looks like, but is not exactly, what is often called "baseball stitching."
That is indeed what I am looking for, actually found myself an" in" with my dealership parts department, an old co-worker from my days running service lot at a GM dealership. Their going to buy back my pedal set and Im waiting to hear back about the Miata shift knob as part of that exchange.
 
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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!
 

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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
 

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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!
lol no worries you guys will be first to know.

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
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.







 

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Great to hear @Midnightsky228 my 2017 is about to go in for oil change #1 and I will be pricing out the miata knob when I am at the dealer if not before I go.
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 :)
 
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Sorry to disappoint, but I missed the autocross event today and thus my chance to test fit the ND Miata knob. BUT, never fear, I am heading up there tomorrow for championship event #5 and will get the opportunity to test fit that ND Miata knob. Glad I missed todays practice event anyway as it was cold and very wet. Tomorrow hopefully the lakes have dried up and I can take my first Mazda 3 autocross event on dry pavement.
 

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As promised, here is 2 pics of the ND Miata shift knob. Its worth mentioning that the Miata ND knob is very well weighted. The clearance is a little short and since it wasn't my shift knob I didn't want to keep tightening it any further. I will definitely be buying one, it is smaller than I expected but within the realm of what I think would be acceptable for myself.



 
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Spacing it up should not be a problem. One option is pull the center console and put a spacer under the boot. Or, you can put a 3/8" ID chrome spacer on the lever under the knob. Ace Hardware has these in several lengths and sizes, in chrome and black chrome. The spacers are fairly large and heavy and will add a bit more weight to the knob.

This is how I spaced in the knob on my Miata using a chrome filler-


The boot is held up against the spacer with a spring and a couple washers, and the 2" spacer weighs somewhere near a pound.
 

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Thank you @Midnightsky228 and @arathol. Very helpful pictures and information. The extra weight of the Miata knob, and even additional with spacer or washers, is a really nice plus. Going to my local Ace Hardware tomorrow to see what they have.
 

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Hey all,

I have the ND knob in my car. I posted my install this time last year here: http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/1736346-post7.html

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.




Comparison:


End result:
 

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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 :)
 

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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 :)
No problem, always glad to contribute to the community.
 
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