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I have a 2007 9-3 with a 6 speed. I really want to replace my shift knob and get something like this (http://www.twmshiftknobs.com/shiftknobs/m1abrams-shiftknobs.php) but from reading other threads I've seen that Saab has made that pretty difficult.

I've seen in some threads that the shift knob can be unclipped (http://www.saablink.net/forum/general-ng900-old-9-3-posts-information/42688.htm). Problem is that I don't see how I can get an aftermarket shift knob on there. I've also seen the destructive way of taking off the gear knob (http://www.saabcentral.com/~munki/technical/interior/gearknob.htm). It looks like the shaft is grooved.

Are there any adapters for the shift knob out there so that I can go from the grooved shaft to a threaded shaft? If not are there any aftermarket knobs out there other than the pricey momo and twm shift knobs out there that will work? The reverse lockout also makes finding a shift knob harder so if anyone actually has found out I will be forever grateful.
 

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My own shift knob was coming off all on its own. I eventually placed JB Weld inside the shift know and also on the grooved portion of the top of the shifter itself. It is on their solid. So there is an idea for a threaded shift knob going over the top of a grooved shifter.

Here's my question back to you...they state this part is available for the Saab 93. Their business is aftermarket shift knobs. Have you reached out to them about this?
 

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I thought about using epoxy to glue a shift knob on but I'd prefer having everything look as clean and professional as possible.

Thanks for the link. I'll look to see if they have anything.
 

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A pipe threader will likely solve the issue of how to get the shift knob you want threaded onto your shifter.

Maybe something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/400750170690?lpid=82

However, you need the "RL" version of that knob because it needs to be compatible with the reverse lockout of our 6spd.

Here is the RL version: http://www.twmshiftknobs.com/shiftknobs/shiftknobs_shop1rl.php?gearknob=Saab+9+3+2002%2B&twmonly=

Contact TWM. They may be able to help give you more specific info on whether or not you need to thead the oem shifter and how the RL spec knob works with the oem reverse lockout.

Personally, I would like to do something similar. However, I plan to go the full shortshifter + knob setup. These are made to replace the shifter and the shift knob. More $ and more labor, but really worth it, imo. I had a similar setup in an old tC. A shortshift + weighted knob really transforms how fun and "sporty" the car feels.
 

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Idk about the pipe threader. I'd like my attachment to be reversible if possible. I'd like to be able to go to stock without any problems in the future. Threading the shaft might make that harder. :\

Another problem with Saab is that their reverse lockout feature is not circular but oval shaped. Even shift knobs that are designed for RL may not work because of this. :\

I might have to go the shortshifter route because spending like 150 for a shift knob does not seem worth it...

Thanks for the help
 

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you can always do something similar to what I did, I know I have a 9-5 but similar concept applies.

I removed the stock shift knob because mine was falling apart and I took my dremel and cut off the top section that has the ribs on the shift rod. I then took a M10x1.5 tap and threaded the inside of my shift rod, Took a piece of M10x1.5 all thread and threaded it into the shift rod and sourced a shift knob that will fit that....I have mine ordered from amazon so Im still waiting for it, but in the meantime I have an old dragon shift knob on my car. aside from cutting the shift rod it can be fully reversed if done properly. I removed the reverse lockout on my car so I have no worry about that, and if I wanted I can always add it back on...just cut the same amount of material off that I removed from the shift rod and use plastic weld to put the pieces back together and all is well again.

I didnt take any pictures but I'm sure you can get the idea of what I did as it all occurred in the center of the shaft
 
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