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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2018, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Just received my Raceseng Slammer shift knob in translucent blue with the shift-gate etching.

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I go through a lot of cars, lots of custom parts and have been through a shift knob or two... this product is hands-down the best shift knob I have ever seen. And it should be, as expensive as these are.

First, the turnaround time was very quick. Delivered within two weeks from ordering. The unboxing experience was an experience! Raceseng really love their product and it shows in the time and thought put into everything, even the packaging. I knew immediately this was going to be a quality product.

Second, the design is beautiful, shapely, and has an excellent feel. Around twice the size of the oem knob, the finish is beyond slick and the etchings feel very clean and precise. The color, translucent blue in this case, is MIND BLOWING. Pics do not capture the jewel-like color. I feel stupid being so emotionally impacted by a damn shift knob but there it is. This thing is wonderful!

Onto the weight, which feels about twice that of the OEM unit, maybe a little more. My "do you use that for drugs/no it's for balancing r/c helicopter blades" scale was not working today so no precise measurement. Raceseng website shows 1.4lbs or 635 grams.

Next, the install was brilliant, using an adapter fitting (also beautifully made and engraved with the Raceseng logo even though it will be seen only once ever by me) that places the knob at near OEM height, if just a smidge higher. The fitting features a set screw that allows you to easily perfect the alignment of the etched shift pattern. Easy and simple! This was all very well thought out. The reverse lockout still works perfectly and without interference. I am very impressed and very happy with the result!

Finally the price. $150 isn't all that bad considering what you get but it is a bit more than most other options. But so far the overall quality suggests this was a bargain. I would not hesitate to buy another, and might later on as they have a variety of interesting styles.

And I love their color so much I might get the parking brake handle coated to match, especially if they will do it!

I will report back over time to reveal how well this incredible finish wears after some use.
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very nice!

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I saw your post on one of the facespace groups about this knob. I think it looks amazing! Any input now that you've had a short time to use it? Has it changed the overall shifting feel for the better?

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I like mine. I have the same one.

The weighted knob dulls out some of the vibrations and notchy feeling of the stock shifter. At least in my mind it does. And because of the weight, I feel that it rows through the gears more easily/smoothly.

Not sure if the extra weight adds stress to the shift lever. But 2 years of it on my car and 1 season of track driving...it's been fine so far.

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