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post #1 of 26 Old 01-11-2010, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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manual shifter knob on auto trans using lodapt adapter

not too much of a write up because this is a super simple deal with parts that actually work right.

swapped out my auto shift knob for a custom tonight
Used the gennie adapter - lodapt 1051
http://www.gennieshifter.com/knobs-lodapt.php
this was the easiest mod I've done in a looong time!
the adapter fit and did exactly what it was supposed to do, if you have a knob with the right threads it will take you all of 5 minutes to do the swap.
Only goofy thing is that the adapter uses big goofy metric threads.
16mm x 1.5 thread
so its a PITA to find/make your own knobs.

to remove the stock auto knob, twist the base counter clockwise and it will slide down
remove the torx screw and it just lifts off
the adapter goes on with one set screw at the top and one on the side
you put thread locker on the side set screw and just screw it in until its flush with the adapter shaft, the thread locker holds it there after it dries

I don't like the crome adapter so I'll pull it back off and paint it with duplicolor bedliner.

Now to shift, you just push down on the knob itself and it moves about 1/2" instead of hitting the button

anyway, shifter selection is pretty much open now, you can use just about anything you can think of that can be drilled and threaded.

Heres a pic and yeah my rig is filthy
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So, how do you open the gate to allow you to go from D to R?

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So, how do you open the gate to allow you to go from D to R?
you push down on the shifter

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So, how do you open the gate to allow you to go from D to R?
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Now to shift, you just push down on the knob itself and it moves about 1/2" instead of hitting the button
like this ^


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Cool, thanks for the explanation.

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i have been thinking about getting this adapter but it looks tall and the shifter i would like to use is tall as well. Do you think it could be cut down and rethreaded?
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not gonna get it any lower, the top of the adapter is within 3/8" of being flush with the top of the shifter itself if not actually flush. I know its close.
the shifter on the jeep is 2 pieces, a hollow outside tube with a rod inside, the rod sticks up ~5/8" and this is what gets pushed down to open the gate.
The stock shifter pushes it down when you push the button on the side, this adapter secures to the rod itself so when you push the knob down, the adapter is attached to the rod and pushes it down to so you can shift
works as smooth as greased owl poop!
It looks tall because it runs way down the stick itself.
I pulled mine back off and painted the adapter black tonight and it looks MUCH better!
I'll get some pics of it painted later
right now the inside of my rig is so filthy I'm ashamed to show it.
Its been in work horse mode for the last few months.


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Thats pretty slick.
Almost as if you had a manual....but not quite

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I like this mod...may have to put that on the list.
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where did you get that skull knob? I like it.


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where did you get that skull knob? I like it.
ebay years ago
it's been in my last 4 vehicles as either decoration or shift knob
it was solid and I drilled the bottom and tapped it to fit the shifter of a couple of my old rides.


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Oh yeah, if you do this and want to make your own knobs out of whatever, my only complaint is that Gennie used a goofy metric thread for the knob

so plan on buying a 16mmx1.5 tap and a 35/64" drill bit


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now that you have had it a while, does it feel odd shifting by pushing down?
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nope
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I wanted to put a Redskins pool ball on my transfer case shifter. I believe the shifter is NOT threaded so I had to figure out what size to drill bit to use. I searched everywhere and could not find a straight forward answer but I believe I came up with one.

I was wondering what the diameter of the t-case knob needed to be and if this theory is wrong PLEASE tell me. Also, don't take this as fact until someone smart can back me up.

1. The JK Unlimited (x, Sahara) have the NV241 transfer case.

2. Im new so forum what I have read I cant post the link but if you google "nv 241 or 7/16" you could find it. So a 7/16" drill bit would do the job.

So, where did I go wrong or does this sound right to make a new knob?

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easy enough to pop off the stock knob and verify
just grab it and pull straight up, then you can measure the diameter


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It would be easy to verify if I were home, but Im out of town for a while and not near the jeep.

Im no mechanic but I figured actually measuring it was an option if I were near the vechile.
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It would be easy to verify if I were home, but Im out of town for a while and not near the jeep.

Im no mechanic but I figured actually measuring it was an option if I were near the vechile.
well ya didnt say that smarty pants!

I couldn't find my calipers but I popped the knob off and used poor man's calipers (a 7/16" open end wrench) yes the t case shifter shaft is 7/16" diameter.


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good deaL, thanks! Sorry about being a smart a, this snow has me onry....Appreciate it.

Hopefully this will also help someone down the road.

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Thanks, Venom. Been looking for this for a while. I just placed an order.
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I'm currently in the process of installing a shifter knob on my Std. I'm gonna use Gennie Shifters Lo Dapt III adapter, but I need to know the thickness of the shifter arm..... if someone could take a measurement and post it here for me it would be greatly appreciated, as I don't have any calipers

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Just curious, why do you need to know the thickness?

The adapter fits down over it and the shift knob goes on the adapter.

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Not a great picture, but I have Harley billiard balls for shifter knobs that I made.

For the manual tranny, 1/2" pipe works perfect.

For the transfer case, I already had the white ball made but wanted the black ball on the tranny. So I used a 1/2" copper pipe as a sleeve for the inside of the 1/2" black pipe. I had to made a slice down the length of the copper pipe for it to fit inside the black pipe. Turned out pretty cool.



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Just curious, why do you need to know the thickness? The adapter fits down over it and the shift knob goes on the adapter.
The Lo Dapt III comes in different diameters. Too small and it won't slide down over the shifter arm, and too big it will be too sloppy of a fit for the set screw to secure it well.

As it turns out I found out that the shifter arm diameter is 14.8mm or .583in

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