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This write up explains and demonstrates how to convert your AT shifter
and surround to imitate an MT. I did this a while ago, but recently went
back and redid how i attached the shifter, so I took pics in the process.

Time: 3 hours
Take your time when doing this! if you mesh up the openings on
the shifter tube than you wont be able to properly secure the knob.
(This didnt include painting my surround and refinishing the shift knob)

Materials:
-Dremel Kit
-Toggle Switch
-Manual Universal Shift Knob
-Screws to accommodate Shift Knob
-Manual Shift Boot (got mine from a part-out)
-Exacto Knife
-Fine tip Sharpie
-and of course...Insane Moding Skillz

Step 1:
Remove the 2 screws in the back of the shifter. Yank the Auto
shifter up, and with some force it will come right off.

Step 2:
Once the shifter has been removed, you will need to cut the metal
shaft down to a size that suits you. I made mine nice and short
cause i hate how tall the stock shifter sits. Make sure you leave
between a 1/4 and 1/2 inch of the center post to engage the
mechanism and be able to shift gears.


Step 3:
You will notice two small wires extruding from the shifter area after
you have removed the stock shifter. these are for you O/D feature.
Tap into these wires and wire them to a toggle switch of your choice.

Step 4:
With your new MT Universal Shift Knob in hand...

Place it over the shifter. With it sitting exactly how you will want it to
once you are finished, take your fine tip Sharpie and place marks within
each of the screw holes extending from where the shifter will sit when it
is at rest, and when you press down on it. My knob has three holes...


Step 5:
With your Dremel in hand and grinding wheel attached...

(this is what the grinding wheel looked like after i had finished the project)
Begin to grind out openings for each of the screw holes. it should look similar
to this once complete (be sure the openings are high enough to allow the
shifter to disengage once put into gear, and low enough to allow for full verticle
motion when pushing down on the knob).

Note: The spring pictured above is optional. it is not necessary to make this
project work, but it allows for a firmer feel when pushing down on the
new knob. i got this from the inside of a 1556 bulb socket and it fits
perfectly in side the knob, and sits nicely on the shifter tube.

Step 6:
Once you have finished grinding out the openings, place the knob over the
tube, take the screws you acquired for the knob, and screw them in place.
If you did the cutting correctly, the screws should extend through the cut
outs and firmly hold the shift knob in place, while allowing for smooth
movement both up and down on the tube.

My shift knob has a piece that screws onto the bottom to hide the
screws. If yours has one, make sure it clears the screws you have
used to anchor the knob in place. If it doesnt clear the screws,
grind them down until the bezel will bit over top again (i had to
grind the screw heads down to fit he bezel over properly).

Make sure you test the knob in ALL gears ti ensure that
you wont have any issues once the project is complete.
If you are having problems with knob getting stuck, or
not properly engaging and disengaging gears, extend the
openings on the shifter tube at the tops and bottom.

Step 7:
Now that you know the shifter knob works perfectly, remove
it and move onto the shifter surround. Take your exacto knife
and shift boot, and cut out the metal bar that snaps the boot
into place on the MT shifter surrounds. Then fold the edges
over the bottom of you AT surround (you may have to trim
a bit here and there), and epoxy them in place along the
bottom edge of the surround so you wont see any glue when
its in its final form.

Flip it over aand it should now look like this...

(i folded the very top part of the boot inwards b/c it accomodated my knob better)

Step 8:
Depending on what type of toggle switch you choose
to use, drill a hole in the shifter surround where you want
to place it (make sure it will clear everything once the
surround is snapped back into place before you drill)

Step 9:
Put with shifter surround back into place, reattach the Cig lighter
socket, secure your toggle switch, and snap it into place...


Step 10:
Reattach the MT shift knob, step back and enjoy


Anyone who drives my car has a very hard time believing that
the shifter is a custom job. If done correctly, it will move up and
down extremely smoothly, and be held firmly in place.
 

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nice..wonder if this would work for p10..im sick of the big ass brown knob..looks like a 10 iron..
 

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Nice!!! I have an aftermarket CF shift knob I'm gonna install. Not gonna do the leather deal just make it an auto short shifter. I have an extra OD switch from an auto knob that I'll fab into the shifter trim for the switch. Once again it looks great, nice work.
 

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great write-up man. a lot of quality info.
 

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Damn, very nice work man, you and Eric are the pros when it comes to custom mods, very clean install man :thumbsup:


Rob
 

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comments appreciated :)
i hated the way my shifter looked before this,
and i figured a lot of AT guys that wish they were
MT on here would benefit from this.

GDub26 said:
nice..wonder if this would work for p10..im sick of the big ass brown knob..looks like a 10 iron..
yes this will work on a P10 as well.
the shifter is structured the same way
 

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yeah, this is on my to do list along with 100 other things. Some people say it's ricey but I like the way this looks 100% better, good job bud :thumbsup:
 

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ooh, might have to tackle this one day. i just want it a little shorter, no boot for me.
 

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damn nick...always doing something!!! Excellent fabrication as always...pristine job brotha!!!
 

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gomd3 said:
yeah, this is on my to do list along with 100 other things. Some people say it's ricey but I like the way this looks 100% better, good job bud :thumbsup:
yea iv heard that too but i could care less.
i personally think the stock shifter looks cheap
and "anti-sporty". im not pretending i have a MT,
i just like how it looks :cool:


i was on the wall for a while about using a boot or not,
but the problem with not using one, is that its just a solid
metal bar. i guess you could paint it black. but then theres
still the square opening at the base thats left.
just comes down to personal preference
 

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ah ha! thats the pic i was lookin for.
i do like that, its nice and clean. i was lookin for one of those
momo shift knobs for a while but they sell for like $60-80 on
ebay. way outa my price range for this project
 

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I like it. Will not work on the AT CVT shifter though.
Hence a challenge for ya:
Find a way to do something like this on a cvt shifter, that has 2 buttons on it: 1 bigger one for up/downshifting, 1 for sport/economy position (like overdrive.
 

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Loek said:
I like it. Will not work on the AT CVT shifter though.
Hence a challenge for ya:
Find a way to do something like this on a cvt shifter, that has 2 buttons on it: 1 bigger one for up/downshifting, 1 for sport/economy position (like overdrive.
hmmm...do you have any pics of this?
is this your car your talking about or just a general challenege?
iv never actually seen what the shifter looks like in a CVT Primera
 

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it's mine... and I will post some pics asap. Maybe my MOTM sept. 2005 shows something too.
 

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so if im reading this right, you would press down on the shifter to shift into D and press down again to shift into P-R...right?..haha clean install btw...my brother was jus sayin how crazy would it be to do A/T to M/T shifter...and have a false clutch pedal..haha what a kid.
 
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