MOMO Shift Knobs

MOMO Airmetal leather

[4/10/2010] Reviewed by: Sebastian Slowik

Applicable to: '06+ 1.8 liter

Aluminum shift knob with leather bottom half. Top half is perforated aluminum with a polished chrome ring seperating the aluminum top and leather bottom.

Typical Italian product. Expensive, Looks great, but very poor workmanship. This shifter has it all, a resonating noise whenever I reached 4000 rpm, 4 of the six set screws were stripped on the top cap, and finally the leather on the bottom of the shifter is beginning to peel off. All this in just the first week of use. I try to avoid Chinese made products whenever possible so I thought that this Italian made shifter would be high quality especially for the price of $100. Man, these Italians display an incompitence at manufacturing that I have never seen. Italian shoes fall apart within a year, just like their clothes, cars, and apparently shift knobs as well. My honest recommendation is to use crazy glue to hold the loose parts together or use it as a pretty paperweight.

Beware of MOMO.

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Momo Combat

[12/22/2004] Reviewed by: Keith Kimble - KJKMD@aol.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Pistol-grip style shift knob in leather/carbon fiber look

Just installed product

Ordered from Go Miata. Quick delivery, good price. Also ordered their adaptor. Installation easy per enclosed instructions--make sure you install adaptor as tight as you can possibly get it with your hands before mounting knob. Chose this knob over Voodoo because "bling" is not my thing in my '93 red and tan. Knob feel is very tight and secure. With adaptor, knob fits tight up against shift boot, leaving no unsightly gap with shifter shaft showing through. Entire install takes maybe ten minutes--have some teflon tape available before you start, and screw the set screws down as tight as possible without breaking the wrench. Looks are in the eye of the beholder, but I'm pleased. Classy. Recommended.

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Momo Competizione Shift Knob

[8/6/2004] Reviewed by: sensate

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

chrome shift knob, from MOMO, universal fit

looks cool...the reason i got 1. light, crisp shifting.... BUT a pain to get on tight. the thing constantly is coming loose. i heard of people using locktite, other means to keep it on. u just shouldn't have to deal w/ that BS. on top of that the chrome finish is easily scratched and chipped. i finally came to the conclusion that the item is over priced, not made well in general or for the miata.

get a voodoo knob, so far so good

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MOMO F16 Shift Knob

[11/26/2003] Reviewed by: Bruce Robertson - bruceonline@brucerobertson.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 +

MOMO F16 Shift Knob

I love the feel of the knob. The shape works for me. The leather coordinates very well with the leather-wrapped steering wheel and the black boot (I have a 99 with tan interior, but the boot is still black).

I used the product in conjunction with the GoMiata MOMO TightFit adapter, because without it, it seemed that the set screws were not long enough to clamp onto the shift lever sufficiently, and the set screws kept coming loose. Unfortunatly, the adapter did require some modification for use with this particular MOMO knob (see my review of that product for details). Once I modified the adapter, it fit well, but then I noticed that the set screw holes were not threaded with a high tolerance, and the set screws just wanted to turn around and around without really catching very well. The threads were not deep, it appeared that the holes were drilled too large prior to being threaded. I ended up wrapping the set screws in Teflon tape and lightly tightening them, but I think there is a good chance I will be re-tapping the set screw holes with a larger tap and buying new set screws at the hardware store.

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Momo Competizione

[2/10/2003] Reviewed by: Stefan - dj.steve@pi.be

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

chrome shift knob, with screws

I like the looks of it, but now after 3 years the chrome is pealing of. I think you should know...

I won't buy it again.

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Momo Competizione

[1/8/2002] Reviewed by: Jimmy Kim - jimmykim@canada.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Momo Competizione Shift Knob

This is a really small shift knob that is finished in polished aluminum. I have been using it for about a year and there are some very small scratches on it now. I live in Canada so we have hot summers and cold winters. The knob gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter! So hot and cold that you really should wear gloves. The shape feels good in my hands for both styles of shifting. The installation was a problem because I couldn't use the finishing collar until recently. Lee Bohon (http://web.qx.net/lbohon/topdownmx5) sent me this cool adapter that solved that problem. The Shift knob sits a little higher than stock and the weight definately feels better. The shifting feels more direct with the adapter as well.

If you have a smaller hand or prefer changing shifting styles on the fly I highly recommend this shift knob.

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Momo Short Anatomico Zebrano Wood Shift Knob

[5/29/2001] Reviewed by: Ryk Galloway - ryk.galloway@worldnet.att.net

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Momo Short Anatomico Zebrano Shift Knob

This is a great feeling knob that matches fairly well with the OEM wood dash kit. The installation is not as easy as some of the aftermarket shift knobs that are threaded. No problem. I cut a piece of about 1/2 inch fuel hose, about 3/4 of an inch long, and slipped it over the threads and down the shaft of the shifter. (Put the threaded collar that covers the 3 screws on first.) Then put the appropriate sized spacer in the knob and work the knob over the shaft/fuel hose. Tighten the 3 set-screws with the enclosed allen wrench, screw up the collar covering the set-screws and you're finished. The fuel line really tightens up the knob assembly and I haven't had any problems with the knob becoming loose.

This knob feels great! It is a little bit bigger and taller (about 1/4") than the OEM knob, and the top is a little wider and flatter. I think it feels just perfect.

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MOMO Storm Leather Shift Knob

[10/20/2000] Reviewed by Victor Pavloff - ggpark1@aol.com

Leather Shift Knob

8 months

Nice product, feels good to the touch. Really is better than others we've tried. Easy to put-on and comfortable to use. Looks great and gets admiring comments.

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MOMO Race/Air Leather

[10/17/2000] Reviewed by Anonymous

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Perforated, "ball type" leather shift knob with aluminum accents

Well...I had a knobmeister knob, but it quickly started to become scratched (the paint is soft) and had a bit of a homemade look - so I was looking for a change.

The MOMO Race Air Leather looks GREAT, with an aluminum accent ring on the top and nice perforated leather that matches the black interior very well.

How-ever, as with all MOMO knobs, the installation is fussy, it requires a that a plastic cuff be placed over the threads, and then you need to tighten three small allen set screws. In general, the knob is NOT very well made, mine came apart on the first day of use (parts of the knob itself are actually made of CARDBOARD in places!!). The knob managed to come unglued from the mounting - allowing it to rotate freely on the stalk. This was easily fixed with some crazy glue and I haven't had a problem since...

One additional problem is that the handsome aluminum ring on the top of the knob almost immediately began to tarnish (I rest my hand on the knob when driving), it has "evened out" after a month and is now less noticeable, but I would consider coating it with a clearcoat spray if I were to buy one new (you'd have to mask the leather first...)

Finally, the knob isn't that well weighted and feels "light" compared to both the stock knob and my previous knobmeister knob.

In general this is STILL the best looking knob I have seen for the Miata, but it is GROSSLY overpriced for the frankly shoddy build quality. I'm keeping it because I love the look and shape, but I absolutely expect it to disintegrate within a year or two. I will NOT buy another MOMO shift knob as a result...Voodoo anyone?

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[9/21/2000] Reviewed by Joel Novick - joelnovick@netscape.net

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Round perforated leather ball with brushed aluminum collar and top.

Nothing short of fantastic. No need to shorten it, just takes some time to get the set screws tightened and the knob all the way down. The feel is great, well-balanced and solid feel. Took me a few tries to find the right knob.

$89 well spent!

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[2/18/2000] Reviewed by Gary Dufresne - dufresne@ids.net

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

A round shift knob with perforated leather (Air leather) and a nice aluminum insert on top. In the middle of the insert is a nice little MOMO button.

Immaculate workmanship. Cost me $89. I paid $50 for another knob (Isotta), and comparing craftmanship and quality, $89 is a bargain.


I prefer a round shift knob with leather. Leather is important in New England, as it does not get as cold as metal, plastic, etc. The knob is a bit bigger than I would like, and when installed >properly< it looks awful. BIG knob, little stick. Lowering makes it look MUCH better.

First, I got rid of the collar. It hits the boot, and when the knob goes on, there is no access to the set screws. Now, the threaded part of the knob hits the shift boot. So I cut off the threaded part of the knob (hacksaw). The visible area underneath the knob looks fine. It is about 1/4 inch, and holds the set screws.

Now the large knob sits low enough so it is not clownish in appearance. Does not look "gorgeous" but looks nice.

Tightening the set screws then cause the knob to ride up the flange on my 1995 shifter. The knob rises about 1/8 inch, but the foam under the shift boot does push the boot up to meet the knob. Still looks nice!

I love the knob. It feels GREAT. Fits my hand perfectly. Very comfortable. It's weight (3.8 ounces) is substantial compared to my 95M OEM knob (2.6 ounces). The added weight makes shifting feel a bit more solid.

I might not be ga-ga for how the knob looks IN the car (by itself, the knob IS gorgeous), but my lowering improved the looks vastly. Regardless of looks, modifying the knob is a MUST. It just feels too good to simply send it back and try another.

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Momo Combat shift knob

[10/26/2000] Reviewed by Keye M. Chang - wushu_nut@yahoo.com

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Shift Knob by Momo that features an anatomic type grip and encourages a pistol style grip on the knob. Instead of screwing in the knob has three "pincer" type screws on the side.

In general I'm pretty happy witht he product but compared to other knobs that screw in this was a pain to install. The Knob comes with the Allen wrench necessary for screw in those little screws. I had to fiddle with the fitment a little since the shift boot prevented me from installing the knob all the way down and still get the base cap on. The knob sits a little higher as a result but the finished look is pretty nice.

 I like the finished look but the install coulda' been easier. I don't know that I'd go with this knob again. I'd probably look for one that I could just screw in and not worry about fitment issues. The look is still nice thought and the feel is just about right.

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[10/2/99] Reviewed by Antony Figueroa - antonyf@pivot.net

Applicable to '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

A small shift knob by Momo. A lot smaller than what it looks like in the pictures. about a half inch taller than stock plastic ball. I bought the silver/leather knob. It looked like aluminum in the pictures. It's just gray plastic that looks pretty cheap.

The design of the knob only encourages pistol grip shifting. which i dont like all the time. although a nice design, I really wanted aluminum to match other items in my interior.

I have not installed the knob because I plan on returning it. I bought it from Turner Motorsports for 65.00. at that price I expected something a little more impressive. This time around I'm not gonna buy for the name or Italian ancestery.

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Momo 'Anatomic' leather shift knob

Reviewed by: Anonymous

Have been using it for 1 week (owned the car for 2 weeks now)

The first Miata I drove had a really nice leather shift knob on it. Unfortunately, that car had high miles and high price. The same day, I found a mint Miata at another dealer with incredibly low kms and they accepted my low offer (yes the car checked out fine). Problem was - I really did not like the stock knob and had to have one like that 1st car - and I did not know the make of it.

After surfing miata.net and other links, I decided that knob must have been a Momo 'Anatomic'. I, too, read reviews that did not like the set screw installation of Momo knobs, but as it turns out, it actually might do a better job of keeping the knob from turning and makes theft of the knob a lot more difficult (important in this large city).

I found a selection of Momo knobs at a local aftermarket specialist (Overseas Auto in Vancouver, BC, CANADA) and paid $69 Cdn for it.

I love this knob - it matches the Wheelskins leather steering wheel cover which I also bought at Overseas Auto ($40 Cdn). The knob gives you more of a fist-full of control than the original dildo. The forward lip seems more instantly 'pullable' when snapping into 2nd and 4th, too. I tried the Nardi in the 10th AE car and I prefer this Momo over that one.

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MOMO Short Anatomic Leather Shift Knob

Reviewed by: Lee Bohon - lee@topdownmx5.com

After trying out a Satin Voodoo shift knob in my blue '91 miata, I decided I just didn't like how it looked with everything else. I gave it to a friend with a white '95 and for some reason it looks much better in his car. I also wasn't real excited about how cold it got in the winter.

After adding a leather shift boot and a leather steering wheel cover, I really wanted a leather shift knob to go with it. While reading ads in Sport Compact Car magazine, I came across a page from NOPI (Number One Parts Inc). They had about 75 small pictures of different knobs on one page. Of all the knobs on the page, one looked promising to me. It was the MOMO Short Anatomic knob in black leather... for $42.

I called them up to place an order and asked about the mounting method. This is the downside of this knob (as well as most - if not all - of NOPI's knobs) The knob is mounted using three setscrews instead of screwing into place like the stock knob. I went ahead and ordered it but I questioned the mounting technique.

Once I received the knob, I instantly knew I was going to need to do something about the mounting technique. ....I did and it worked great... I made a drawing of a simple aluminum threaded sleeve and handed it over to a friend/machinist. Once I received the sleeve, I unscrewed the old shift knob off the shift stick, screwed the new sleeve in place, and slipped the new knob over the sleeve and oriented it into position the way I wanted it. Then, I tightened the setscrews on the knob to lock the knob to the sleeve. The knob/sleeve assembly was then unscrewed from the shift stick so that I could slip on a small cover which hides the set screws. I then screwed the knob back on and it now fits and looks perfect. The knob even hides the portion of the shift stick often exposed by Voodoo and similar knobs.

The knob is probably 1/8"-1/4" taller than the stock knob which to me is certainly not a problem. It is difficult to describe how the knob feels but I can say that "it just feels right". I actually find myself wanting to rest my hand on the knob while I'm cruising along because it just fits like a glove.

The leather quality is very good. It is sewn together with black thread to tightly pull to the contour of the knob. It matches the leather shift boot and steering wheel cover I bought from PBC.

Would I do it again? Of course, but the sleeve I had made had a lot to do with the success of the mounting of the knob. To see a picture of the sleeve and the knob mounted in my car, visit my website: www.topdownmx5.com

Momo Touring Knob

Reviewed by: Ted Nguyen - phat@bayou.uh.edu

The Momo Touring Knob has a leather grip and a matte aluminum base. The knob is taller than
the factory knob, however is it much lighter and the shift effort is lessened dramatically. One
of those good buys for under $100.

MOMO Cobra Shift Knob

Reviewed by: Richard A. Carter - mdcolnago@aol.com

Carbon/Aluminum shift knob for universal application

Really nice look with MOMO's ergonomic design that inspires shifting! It is carbon fiber on the sides with aluminum on the top and on the base where it meets the shifter.

Because it is a universal design, we Miata owners run into a problem of course. With the stock shifter being flared just below the threads, it is necessary to raise up the MOMO shifter a bit away from the boot to enable you to thread on the cap that hides the tightening bolts. But I found that it is not a significant difference than the stock one in height for a much better feel and look.

MOMO Aluminum Shift Knob

Reviewed by: Bryan Carper - BCarper@AOL.com

A highly polished ball shaped shift knob made from billet aluminum. MM Marketing has modified the knob to screw right on without needing the set screws which are included.

Great looks and wonderful feel. The knob is large and quite heavy. It is roughly the same height as the stock shifter. The MoMo name is engraved around the base of the shifter. More expensive than the similar Voodoo knob, but -hey-its handmade Italian.

A worthy upgrade from the black plastic Miata Club shift knob, and far and away superior to the stock knob. Be sue to polish it with a special billet or aluminmum-only polish.

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