While work is continued on the car, here is a mid-week update to tide things over. When ordering the MGW Short Shifter, I opted for a threaded lever in a M12x1.75 rather than the regular slotted style lever for Camaros. The stock Mazda threading is a finer M10x1.25. The different lever threading meant I had to ditch the FEED shift knob, unfortunately. On the bright side, this enabled me to try a new direction and go with a product that wasn’t quite off the shelf… I looked around at various custom alternatives from companies and ended up shooting an email to Chris at WC Lathe Werks to see what he could do for me.
After a few back and forth exchanges, I was able to finalize the exact shift knob that I visualized with him:
- 2″ diameter sphere
- 2.75″x1.2″ collar
- Blended transition
- 2 grip grooves
- Blue/Bronze coloring
I have always liked spherical shift knobs. With this being a hand made affair, I wanted to take the opportunity to elevate the design aspects. I decided on adding a taller collar to the shift knob to increase leverage and reachability. The quality and machine work on this shift knob is very high. I can’t wait to throw it on and start rowing through gears. I would personally rank a shift knob equal to a steering wheel in terms of “touch factor” and driver input importance.