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TF LE500 - How to shorten the gear stick

Its quite easy to do, as long as you can get the knob off in the first place!

Its held on with a spring clip that fits into a groove inside the gear knob and also the gear stick. Hold the gear stick with one hand and pull the knob off with the other - its tight but will come off.




This shows the gear stick - you can see the flattened part of the shaft that stops the gear knob turning. Don't cut all of the flattened part off.



Secure the shaft with grips and place a rag around the base to stop swarf getting into the change mechanism then cut the shaft down by the amount you want to shorten - suggested 25mm to 30mm max.



Next you need to drill out the end of the knob by the same amount you cut down the shaft by. I used a 11mm diameter drill bit first then finished with a 12mm bit. This drills into the plastic insert (and the alloy), after drilling the plastic insert may fall out - retain for re-use.





Fit the plastic insert onto the shaft then refit the knob, mine was very slightly loose but a couple of turns of insulating tape on the shaft stopped this. Alternatively glue the knob back on but this prevents it ever being removed should you want to change the gaiter. Don't refit the spring clip as this has no groove to locate into anymore.

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nice one, and looks great
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looks much better shorter! Nice work

Quick question though could you not recut a new grove so you can re-use the spring clip?
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looks much better shorter! Nice work

Quick question though could you not recut a new grove so you can re-use the spring clip?
No reason why not, the groove goes all the way round and is thicker than a normal hacksaw blade so a bit of a faff to do with shaft still in the car.

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