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    I have a 2002 TJ and cant figure out how in the world to get the knob off the shifter. I want to replace it with a skull knob. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Should just be threaded on. Might be pretty tight, but should be able to unscrew it. Try a small strapwrench on it.

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    i know one TJ I worked on and my 97 XJ were glued on from the factory. i had to cut the plastic off the shift lever and use a set screw to hold the new one on.

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    Take a small flathead screwdriver and pry off the plastic piece that has the shift pattern on it. Then it's just a nut screwed onto the shift lever.
    You'll probably destroy the old shifter, but if you're replacing it then don't worry about it.
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    mine had a lock nut behind it, but i wouln't put it past the factory about gluing it on
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravengp View Post
    Take a small flathead screwdriver and pry off the plastic piece that has the shift pattern on it. Then it's just a nut screwed onto the shift lever.
    You'll probably destroy the old shifter, but if you're replacing it then don't worry about it.
    I changed out the shifter on my TJ a couple of months back and did it just the way raven described. I scratched up the plastic piece badly taking it out, but I wasn't planning on keeping it anyway. Pop off the plastic piece, use a socket to get the nut off, you should be good.

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    Your 2002TJ is most likly different than my 97TJ but my knob just pulls off . Given it took a bit of elbow grease but it pulled right off .

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    Thx for the input. I've had a pair of vise grips and a large pair of channel locks on the knob and still can't get it off. I'll try popping off the plastic piece with the shift pattern on it. Thx again.
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    You can try that , but it won't be down that far , if it has anything holding it on its at the base of the knob itself .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellish33 View Post
    I have a 2002 TJ and cant figure out how in the world to get the knob off the shifter. I want to replace it with a skull knob. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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