TWM Big Type R

[3/21/2010] Reviewed by: Wally Montalvo -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

Mirror finished 660 gram shift knob, height adjustable.

Even at it's lowest setting the Big Type R sits about a quarter of an inch higher that the Voodoo knob it replaced. The mirror finish knob is a lot more slippery than the Voodoo Piano finish. (I usually drive with gloves because of the AZ heat.) Being made from aluminium, expect the same detractions in cold and hot weather - unbearable when very cold or very hot. The top of the knob takes a little getting used to if you love the Voodoo knob since it is flat. Those who like to cradle the shifter will probably love this knob as it makes forward and backwards shifting feel tight. Those who palm their shifters will probably like the spherical knobs more. Shifting does feel more confident, seemingly affecting the whole feel of the car, as if the whole suspension is tighter. I find myself going faster that I should, probably because less vibrations are being transferred to my hand. Those who shift by feel at red line will probably have to pay more attention to sound, and sight of the tach gauge. Because it did raise the height up a little I may end up replacing my short shifter with an even shorter height short shifter.

Is it worth $150, American? I'm not so sure. I think the Big Type R in Gun Blue finish would have been a better choice, or the Flat Black finish, since they likely wouldn't be as slippery as the Mirror finished Big Type R. If you're a Voodoo lover, then the M1 Abrams is probably the better choice. It doesn't weigh as much as the Big Type R, 440g vs 660g, but more than the Voodoo's 175g. Is it worth the $60 price premium over the Voodoo's $40? Probably. But only if you get the TWM A1 Abrams before you get the Voodoo.

Not an installed item

TWM A6 Leopard shift knob

[2/28/2009] Reviewed by: Steven Royston -

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

rother to the M1 Abrams, the A6 Leopard shift knob is also a spherical knob which adds a short collar for those that want more material between the shift boot and shift knob. It is also weighted to add performance and comfort while shifting. This is one of the most classic shift knob designs ever! Made famous in generations of super cars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, it has now been perfected by adding unparalleled weight! This perfectly machined sphere will fit comfortably in your hand while acting as a counterweight during shifting. Now, thanks to NTIS Technology, the A6 Leopard shift knob is available for virtually any car! Features: - NTIS adjustable height - Precision CNC machined finish - Currently available in stainless steel, satin finish, gun metal, and flat black! Dimensions: - 2" (51mm) in diameter - 2 3/8" (60mm) in height Weight: - approx. 485 grams (1.07 pounds)

Took this knob off my MS3 when I sold it and installed it into my NB miata. The weight helps the already amazing shifting. Almost worth the price. I picked mine up used for much less than the website. Keep in mind that this knob weighs a pound.

I would want this knob in any car I drive.

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29 September, 2010

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