How to Install a VW New Beetle Custom Gear Shift Knob

Updated July 20, 2017

The Volkswagen New Beetle is an upgraded, sleeker version of one of the most manufactured vehicles of all time. The modern MK IV New Beetle comes in many styles and trims and, like most new cars, is easily customisable, from external features to the interior. One of the simplest and most satisfying ways to upgrade the Beetle is to install a custom gear lever knob. You can install it in a matter of minutes, giving the interior a subtle customised feel.

Pull the elastic base of the shift boot up over the shift knob. The boot is connected to the shift knob, so you can't pull it all the way off without first removing the factory knob. Pulling the boot above the head of the knob will reveal a piece of metal holding the knob to the shift lever.

Pry the crimped metal loose with a Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the shift knob straight up off the lever. The shift boot will come off with the knob.

Install the custom shift boot. Most aftermarket shift boots, such as MoMo shift boots, also have elastic bases that easily connect to the shift box trim in the same way the factory boot was installed. Each boot is different, however, so refer to the instructions that accompany your shift boot.

Install the custom shift knob, according to the instructions on the package. Almost all custom shift knobs are held in place by Allen screws that come with the knob. If this is the case, place the shift knob over the lever and tighten the Allen screws with an Allen wrench.


Before buying the shift knob and boot, ensure that they are compatible with your VW Beetle.

Things You'll Need

  • Aftermarket shift knob
  • Aftermarket shift boot
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench


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Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.