I live in Toronto and there is this place called pacific mall. In the mall, they have couple of stores that sells many cool stuff for cars.
They got lots of ATX MTX shift knobs.
If u live near TO, that mall's at Steeles and Kenedy Rd.
Dudes, its damn near impossible to replace the shift knocb with an aftermarket knob with a hold button. Im sure you can find a regular atx knob but I hope u dont mind loosing the hold feature.
As for shortening it, take a hack saw and start cutting. Make sure you take the knob off first and unhook the wire so u dont cut through the wire. THat would be a shame. Anyway, then jsut get some good old super glue and glue the knob back on to the shortened shift stalk. Thats the only thing u can do...
Just relocate the hold button. Im not sure you could cut the shifter because it is hollow with a stick thing that runs down the middle of it for the other button that lets you shift out of and into gears. But there are tons of automatic universalshift knobs everywere, look in car mags or go to any car shop but make you you get one where the button is on the top of the knob. Then you could buy a leather shift boot to put on also. check my shift boot out.
The easiest way to replace the shifter and shorten it is called a trick shifter (atleast thats what ive heard people call it)
Relocate the button, its only 2 wires.
Buy a shifter for a manual car, hack the shifter shaft to desired height. Cut around the plastic peice inside. Once this is done, place the knob onto the shaft, and push it down as far as it will go. The plastic peice inside is only going to allow it to go so far. however make sure the plastic peices is being pushed down. (unlocking the shifter)_ If it doesnt go down far enough to secure the knob, cut a peice off the top of the plastic until it does. Once done, secure the knob on.
You now have a trick shift, However you no longer have to push the button in to shift. So becautious when driving, not to shift it into park or reverse.
The other way, wich is basically a replacement, is to buy a Ebrake knob.
Do the same thing, however you will need to make a button to erupt out of the ebrake knob top.
There is a maker which makes auto knobs with OD buttons liek the probe uses but its not specific for it so u can still have the hold feature i don't remember what its called but look in google for RAZO Atx gear knobs as they have the OD button built into there knobs which can be used for your hold button
Here's one of them the button for OD/Hold is the small button underneith the big button
I don't have pictures yet, but I hated how my AT shift knob looked and I hate how every AT shift knob looks so I installed a manual shifter and it works great. All I have to do is push down to change gears. Quite simple to do. And if you want to keep O/D then you will have to re-wire that to a button somewhere.
You could just get a manual and not have to worry about any of it.
that is my old one cut, i dont recommend that, as it kinda sucked. not sure if you could go that low with the auto one either.
and here is my new one, its actually a real sts.
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