[200q20v] Audi shift knob p/n

jay noyes jaycnoyes at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 28 08:36:36 EST 2002

I have an  orginal 200q20v knob I wood(pun) part with,
PO thought it was loose and relaced it w/ black
leather type to match interior.

>From: Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
>To: Tresturbos at aol.com
>CC: 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at audifans.com>
>Subject: Re: [200q20v] Audi shift knob p/n
>Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 22:48:28 -0500
>>In a message dated 1/27/02 9:15:40 AM, brett at cloud9.net writes:
>><< Got a p/n?  I can call around+see if anyone has it cheaper.... >>
>>That's what Audiusa.com has for the burled walnut unit.  It actually only
>>costs $70, but may not be the correct replacement.  Looks too dark to me.
>It doesn't look to be the "right" shape, so I doubt they intend for
>it to be a "correct" replacement for our cars. But its thread would
>be OK and it ought to function and look OK too. Certainly it's more
>appealing to me than that shiney metal  voodoo stuff I saw. Gasp.
>However, they do state the following for the Voodoo knobs:
>"...cures baldness, improves your sex life, keeps you dry in the
>rain, and makes your stereo sound better!"
>Heck I wouldn't mind having *all* of those benefits--except I don't
>need the "stereo sound" part since I already have my superb-sounding
>Bose system :-)
>Taka mentioned the appeal of a zebrano knob. That's been my "holy
>grail". In fact I searched for a couple of years to locate a zebrano
>blank that's thick enough for turning a shift knob. Recently I
>acquired some nice 2 1/4 inch-thick zebrano turning stock which ought
>to work nicely. I haven't yet made a knob out of the zebrano,
>although I've made one of cocobolo wood and also one from an
>interesting dark-brown wood called "Chechen". Though the grain of a
>zebrano knob will be distinctive, much like our trim panels, I
>believe that getting the zebrano color  to closely match our interior
>wood won't be so easy. I suspect that Audi has used a penetrating
>stain or a tinted finish to redden the zebrano color to a
>considerable extent. Probably done to ensure uniformity.
>As to using a "weighted" knob (which Taka referred to)--I'm puzzled
>as to what possible benefit might come from adding any weight. Back
>in the dim past, when I learned to drive, gearshift levers were
>mostly 3-spd and usually steering-column mounted. The 2nd to 3rd
>shift was straight down and the "coolest" guys might use heavily
>"weighted" shift knobs, which--when the clutch was engaged--produced
>a gravity-aided, hands-off plunge down into high gear. It sorta got
>in the way of 1st to 2nd gear shifts, though. I can't imagine what
>the attraction for a weighted knob would be nowadays. In any case,
>significant weighting would be quite difficult to accomplish with a
>wooden shift knob, and IMHO Audi's  boxes shift poorly enough without
>additional inertia.
>Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
>'91 200q	(130 Kmiles, Lago blue)
>'91 200q   (57 Kmiles, Tornado red)
>	mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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