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These shift knobs are hand turned from exotic woods by Robin Casady. The knob attaches to your MINI Cooper or BMW manual transmission shift lever with one of Doug Whalen's stainless steel adapters (included). Adapters are available for both R56 and R53 MINIs, as well as manual shift BMWs.

Hawaiian Koa Le Mans Handle #31

46mm dia. x 115mm
Koa is only found in Hawaii and highly valued for its luster and rich color. Wood is typically harvested only from naturally fallen trees and private groves (as a renewable crop).

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The shape was inspired by the shape and shifting ergonomics used in some Le Mans race cars. I drove from Carmel to Los Angeles (mostly on Hwy 1 twisties) with a similarly shaped knob in my MCS. I found it to be excellent as far as comfort and control went. It is easy to grab when you are busy concentrating on the road. The extra height gives you more leverage, so shifts are easier. Excellent for the endurance commuter, long trips, or your attempt at Le Mans. The other consequence of the extra heigh is that shift throw distance is a little longer (if you grab it near the top) so you might lose a tenth of a second in your shift. I found it unnoticeable in street driving. On the other hand, the knob is closer to your hand position on the wheel, so you may reach it more quickly.

This knob was sanded with 1,500 grit silicon carbide paper and buffed to a high polish. Numerous coats of hand-rubbed Polyurethane were applied to seal the wood and protect it. The hand-rubbed method allows the finish to penetrate into the grain without leaving a plastic-looking coating over the surface.

Care: Typically, no special care is needed. Cleaning can usually be accomplished by rubbing with a soft cloth. If more aggressive methods are required, a damp cloth, or furniture cleaner can be used.

Order an emergency-brake handle at the same time you order a knob and receive a $20 rebate.

This koa handle would make a great match with the knob on this page.

Satisfaction is guaranteed. If you aren't happy with a knob you receive, contact me within 30 days of shipment to make arrangements to return it for credit, or refund of the purchase price. Shipping cost not refunded. The knob must be in like-new condition. Time and materials will be charged if the knob must be refinished or repaired.

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