Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?


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    Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    Hi guys, first post here.

    I have a 2015 manual R8 V10 and I'm looking for shift knob options. The MAcarbon folks don't have
    http://www.macarbon.com/index.php?pa...hk=1&Itemid=30

    in stock so I was wondering if the Gallardo shift knob

    http://www.lambostuff.com/xq/asp/pri...qx/product.htm

    work work. Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    You would need to verify thread, R8 is 8 x 1.25. But you should check out this vendor here, https://www.r8talk.com/forums/45-vend...tml#post937769. Makes custom knobs at a much lower price than that Lambo site.
    Or if you like Carbon Fiber another vendor here has them http://www.euroboutique.us/?product_...t_type=product

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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    Quote Originally Posted by RS4Cab View Post
    You would need to verify thread, R8 is 8 x 1.25. But you should check out this vendor here, https://www.r8talk.com/forums/45-vend...tml#post937769. Makes custom knobs at a much lower price than that Lambo site.
    Or if you like Carbon Fiber another vendor here has them http://www.euroboutique.us/?product_...t_type=product

    Here is mineClick image for larger version. 

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    Thanks for the reply, I didn't know about WC LatheWerks. Looks like good stuff.

    Some questions --
    how did you decide between stainless steel vs. titanium? Which looks closer to "stock"?
    Any concerns about the extra weight of the stainless steel on the transmission?
    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    I have the WC Lathe Werks Stainless Steel Sphere on mine.



    http://lathewerks.com/shop/product_i...roducts_id=414

    It looks pretty much the same as the one in the Lamborghini and is much nicer than stock.

    I didn't like the look of the coloured or Titanium, wouldn't match the interior style as well in my opinion.
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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    I have the MaCarbon knob and really like it. A lot of the companies that make carbon fiber knobs add metal inside to give it more weight. People think that it improves shifter feel to have the knob be heavier. (I have not tested it myself). I had a Lotus Elise and people were selling "heavy" shift knobs claiming to improve the feel of the shifter. And that is on the relatively flimsy Toyota tranny. So I would not think there would be any weight related issues with our cars.

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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    I thought it would be good idea to resurrect old thread on Lambo style shift knob.
    I had this "Lamborghini approved" ball for years and decided to put it in a good use. R8 knob, while being stylish did not give me that shifting experience I am used to. It was a different feel and perhaps I had not spend enough time to get full taste out of it. Shifter mechanism is one of the points transmitting the character of the car to a driver, thus an important part of overall tactile sensation of driving.
    The size of the ball is critical in my opinion too. Later Werks offers interesting solutions at very competitive price, but not something I like. (Their ball is actually too big)
    Longs story short, I had to manufacture insert to fully integrate shift rod length and proper knob size. As I had shift pattern already engraved on a ball, it took some thin shims to fully align knob.
    This is my first mod on R8 and very happy with result: it feels just right, perhaps the way it should be from factory
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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    I have the macarbon knob. It is way too light compared to the stock knob that it makes the shifting experience feel too notchy and imbalanced. The stock knob feels far superior, but I still use the macarbon knob because I like the appearance. Does anyone have any ideas how to add weight to the macarbon knob that doesn’t look jerry rigged?


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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamannperformance View Post
    I have the macarbon knob. It is way too light compared to the stock knob that it makes the shifting experience feel too notchy and imbalanced. The stock knob feels far superior, but I still use the macarbon knob because I like the appearance. Does anyone have any ideas how to add weight to the macarbon knob that doesn’t look jerry rigged?

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    I have not seen macarbon, but if there are empty/void spot in there, just add buckshot or birdshot lead with some glue
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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    Thank you for the idea. I took off the macarbon knob and compared the weight to stock weight. It is actually quite a bit heavier than the stock knob. However the weight is all at the bottom where the metal is and feels unbalanced making the shifts feel very notchy. I feel like the macarbon knob May work better at a taller height like you have with your insert. Can I ask what company or machines you used to make your insert. It looks great. Thank you


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    Re: Gallardo shift knob on manual transmission R8?

    It was machined and polished by local no name turning shop from quality aluminium. I did the drawing, but it was knob specific. In total, it is about 5mm taller than stock knob height

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