MCA Shift Knob

[7/11/2006] Reviewed by: Robert Dabbs -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

MCA Shift Knob, hard black glossy plastic. No gear selection icon.

I have run with this item since late 94. I had spent 9 months with the factory knob. The reduction in height is noticable. It felt a bit small. I dipped it in yellow Plasti-cote. The coating improved the grip and enlarged the size just a bit. 11 yrs later still feels great. Short and grippy!

Under 5 minutes to remove

Miata Magazine shift knob

Reviewed by: John Daeschner -

Shifter knob, black phenolic with white shift pattern inlaid.

The shift knob is made from a phenolic material and is very light and very tough. Exposing it to sunlight does not make it in the least hot to the touch. It is not exactly black and over time it has become dull in appearance, the white shift pattern worn away unevenly after only a short period of time. Never-the-less, it remains comfortable and functional - a good choice in materials, I will keep it. It is threaded and came with thread locking compound; Locktite. I installed it immediately, right there next to the mail box, and it has never come loose on given any problems. I understand now why the OEM knob is weighted - this mitigates the ratchety feel when going into second. But the Miata Mag. knob is a better fit for the hand. I sat in a 1999 Miata and it has a smaller diameter knob - just what I was looking for.

Not terribly attractive but highly functional. Buy it without the shift pattern since it will soon be gone anyway - I presume you know where all the gears are???

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