Titanium shift knob on WRX for #100+???

Discussion in 'Subaru Impreza' started by GRL, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. GRL

    GRL Guest

    A friend just bought a '04 WRX with manual box. Great fun to drive and very
    pretty in its blue color. One option he had to take (already on the car) was
    a $100+ optional "titanium" shift knob with "sti" on it. It is a really
    small shift knob that does not "fall readily to hand" as the Brits used to
    say. I drove the car and the knob does not have a pleasant feel at all. Too
    small and too weirdly shaped. Almost a cylinder. The added cost seems really
    excessive, too.

    Was the dealer doing a snow job or is that little knob really that


    - GRL

    "It's good to want things."

    Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, humorist, chemist,
    Visual Basic programmer)
    GRL, Aug 3, 2003
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  2. GRL

    Orion Guest

    The knob really is that expensive. Two main reasons: A) it's Titanium (or
    at least partially!) and B) It's STi. That's probably the more determinate
    factor in the price. The STi stuff, no matter what you get, is overly
    expensive. The knob is priced at $125 (before shipping) and MastroWRX.com.
    It's $140 at iSR Auto Care, and $150 at spimotorsports.com. You get the

    When you order SIi, you are getting excellent gear...it's made by Subaru's
    performance division solely for Subaru cars...it's not completely
    aftermarket (most is optioned through the dealer) unless you begin getting
    the stuff that's only on Euro and Jap spec cars.

    Incidentally, like you said, the knob is quite uncomfortable, looks OK and
    is wonderful at magnifying the tempuratures in the car. If your friend's
    car is in the sun, he may brand "STi" on his palm. If he's in an area that
    sees decent winters, he might loose some flesh to frostbite! It's a pretty
    bit that (in my opinion) isn't worth the money for what you get.
    Orion, Aug 3, 2003
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  3. GRL

    GRL Guest

    I told him to sell it on eBay for $60 and get a proper walnut shift knob
    with the money.

    We're in Michigan. He'll have to wear gloves in winter if he keeps the knob,
    I guess.

    I thought this boutique crap was unique to Porsche and the other high priced
    spread cars. Sad to see Subaru plays that game, too.


    - GRL

    "It's good to want things."

    Steve Barr (philosopher, poet, humorist, chemist,
    Visual Basic programmer)
    GRL, Aug 4, 2003
  4. Titanium has a very poor thermal conductivity and low density. It
    shouldn't feel that much different than walnut(which will probably have
    a urethane coating on it anyway). A VERY poor choice for a shift knob
    would be aluminum. Of course, the SHAPE could be a big problem on
    comfort. Still, get what you like.

    1 Lucky Texan
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Aug 4, 2003
  5. Perhaps compared to aluminum, but not when compared to walnut.

    The thermal conductivity of titanium at 300K is 21.9 W/m-K.

    The thermal conductivity of aluminum at 300K is 237 W/m-K.

    The thermal conductivity of walnut is only 0.17 W/m-K for 15% moisture
    Victor Roberts, Aug 4, 2003
  6. GRL

    Orion Guest

    No kidding? All I know is before I got my Rex when I went to the dealership
    I test drove one that happened to have the knob on it, in direct sun. Only
    about 80 degrees outside, I'd guess. Anyway, that sucker got me (gave me a
    tender spot, anyway), and I don't have particularly tender hands (he says,
    looking at the callouses and scars)! I've heard the same through different
    boards and websites, including the problem in the winter (can't attest to
    that...I figured if it was out all day in 20 below, conductivity or not,
    it'd probably still be 20 below when you touched it....but then again I
    haven't studied that...does it mean that less conductivity means it will
    stay cold longer and not warm up with the heater?) I took the owners' word
    for it :)
    Orion, Aug 5, 2003
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    Ken Gilbert Guest

    btw, it's SUPPOSED to be a piston.

    when you look at it again, you'll suddenly see it. i know i did.

    now, as to why someone would want to grab a piston shape, ya got me.
    maybe they should make them in the shape of tits.

    Ken Gilbert, Aug 5, 2003
  8. GRL

    K. Indis Guest

    K. Indis, Aug 6, 2003
  9. GRL

    GRL Guest

    Right. Three orders of magnitude improvement beats the snots out of one order.

    - GRL
    GRL, Aug 10, 2003
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