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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fiat 500 Accessories: Installing a Shift Knob by Black

The Fiat 500 is the most accessorized car in Europe, and one of the most popular companies making products for it is the Italian company Black. Black produces a full range of products specifically designed for the Fiat 500, and each is an outstanding example of Italian craftsmanship and design.

A few weeks ago, I met up with Boris and Rachel Tilim, proprietors of 500 MADNESS, at the 2011 Fiat FreakOut and couldn't resist a Black shift knob. Shift knobs by Black come in a staggering variety of colors and themes. The bases can also be mixed and matched.

After going back and forth, I finally settled on the carbon fibre look with a black base.

The stock shift knob on the Fiat 500 is stylish, but for those who want to personalize their car, keep reading.

The shift knob removal on the Fiat 500 is extremely easy. First, carefully pry off the shift knob cap with the gear pattern embossed on it. Be careful! I used my nails to pry a space large enough to slip a plastic hotel key card into. Use slow, steady pressure and it pops right off!

The cap is held on with double sided tape.  Underneath is a bolt that holds down the shift knob.

The bolt has a 10mm head. It is not particularly tight, but you'll need a ratchet and socket to take it off.

I used a 1/4 inch drive ratchet with a 10mm socket.  It should unscrew very easily, but just in case, hold onto the shift knob when you first break it free to keep from putting undue pressure on the gear shift assembly.

Remove the bolt!

The factory shift knob will pull right off. You may need to wiggle  it to get it started.

The new Fiat 500 shift knob by Black.  It is substantial and feels like a jewel.  It is held on by a set screw on the side.

The new shift knob slides on without a problem. It is keyed so it goes on straight.

Insert the allen wrench and tighten the set screw. Don't over do it!


500 Madness is the North American distributor of Black accessories for the Fiat 500. Be sure to check out their website for this and other cool products for your 500!

Call 562-981-6800


TK said...

Very simple. 500Madness has some great stuff! Thanks!
I wonder if anybody sells a replacement for the cheap chrome reverse pull up piece below the knob?

elix said...

where do you get these knobs?