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Old 27 Sep 2011, 12:06 pm
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So, after the fact I discovered that what I had done to install my Flameball shifter knob on the 2010 Couture auto tranny shifter was in fact correct!

The Flameball comes with a flathead screw up inside the ball, holding the gear release button assembly in place. Gene at Flameball just confirmed that this screw is designed to stay in place - not just there to hold the button assembly in place during shipping.

The problem with my 2010 Couture was, that "as is", that makes the ball mount so high that even with the nylon adapter sleeve, the ball wobbles a little, and still visible below the Flameball sleeve is the OEM set screw hole, and two vertical expansion slots on the Chrome shifter shaft.
i.e. the installation instructions are incomplete....
So, here is what I finally sent Gene at Flameball - complete with diagram:
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Gene,
Just FYI - Apparently the PT Cruiser has a small indent, or female receptacle inside the OEM button area that the male tip on the gear release lever goes into somewhat. So when that tip hits the bottom of your screw, it sits soooooo high that still wobbles a little, even when the set screws are tightened on the shaft of the Flameball. Sitting so high, it also leaves part of the chrome shift shaft shaft exposed below the bottom of the Flameball shaft - showing the OEM set screw hole, and some vertical slots in the chrome shaft. This is very unsightly.
**So, apparently what I did to accomodate that was correct. The gear release arm inside my shaft is carbon, and cuts very easily. So, I merely cut (Dremeled) off the male extension tip that went into the OEM ball; and now the fit is perfect, with no holes or slots visible on the chrome shifter shaft.
(drawing attached)
Frank
P.S. So what I am saying is....that in order to mount the Flameball without a wobble, or any OEM mounting holes visible on the Chrome shifter shaft - some adjustment of the gear release lever shaft length may be needed on different car models.

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Old 27 Sep 2011, 12:28 pm
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After taking my shifter knob off during lunch today, just to see what we were talking about here... I noticed that we did cut off the tip with a pair of snips.
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Old 27 Sep 2011, 01:30 pm
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after reading this i went out to my 06 cruiser and removed the flameball and looked at the tip, i didn't cut that off, if fit perfectly back , may,,just maybe, the shift knob you got was made a little different,i remember when i ordered mine they told me that they build each one individually, so maybe the one you have is slightly off.it happens
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Old 27 Sep 2011, 11:13 pm
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After taking my shifter knob off during lunch today, just to see what we were talking about here... I noticed that we did cut off the tip with a pair of snips.
Thanks TallahasseeGT!
That is what I needed to hear.

On my 2010 auto tranny, it wouldn't go/release into Park or 1st gear, unless I shortened the tip of the carbon shaft. There wasn't enough depression of the shaft; and it wasn't even much onto the chrome shifter shaft with the tip left on.
I am sure that Chrysler did make the chrome shifter shafts different on different year models, and auto versus standard release trannies.
And, I am sure that the real "wrenchers" do this type of thing all the time without posting about it. But, I felt uncomfortable cutting off, something that Chrysler put on.

But, I just figured a few mechanically challenged folks like myself would need the info in the back of their head at some time in the future.
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Old 28 Sep 2011, 08:23 pm
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The 2010 Couture is Pearl Black over Silver; and has a red pin stripe.
I also have the red Katzkin aftermarket leather seats.
So, this how the colors coordinate - bringing out more red.





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Old 29 Sep 2011, 06:56 am
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Looks great!

I have had a blue and ivory Flameball on my 5 speed for almost 10 years now
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Old 30 Sep 2011, 08:11 pm
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Looks great!

I have had a blue and ivory Flameball on my 5 speed for almost 10 years now
Is it still flamin' hot???

Oh, WAIT!
No braggin' without pictures!
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Is it still flamin' hot???

Oh, WAIT!
No braggin' without pictures!
Here ya go
http://www.rcktpwrd.com/PT7.html
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Old 01 Oct 2011, 09:26 pm
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WHAT!!!???? No night photo?
Just kiddin'....nice ball!
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Old 01 Oct 2011, 10:04 pm
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I accidentally sat on something like that once, and now I'm no longer anal retentive and don't walk quite the same......................lmao........
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