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So I bought my black/black 2018 Accord Sport 2.0T manual about 3 weeks ago after my 2010 Pilot Touring was stolen. I did a lot of research before buying because I wanted a performance Honda but the "R" was too racer boi for my taste. So I got the 2.0T manual after researching how much power could be pulled from the 2.0 R based engine and the Honda 6 speed manual is pretty much bullet proof.
 

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The base numbers on this car are pretty amazing considering Hondas reputation for safe reliable cars, not hot hatch speed machine. The Type R is the only choice and Honda hasn't always offered that here in the US. The 2.0T manual base dyno'd at about 266 HP and torque in the 280 range. That's impressive for a boring Honda Accord. I'm sticking to cosmetic changes for now but am building a list of basic mods before I take to Habibi Tuning here in St. Louis.
 

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Gear knob swap....

First off this is not easy. If you're not comfortable taking the ENTIRE middle console apart you can't swap the shifter knob. The problem is that Honda put plastic clips at the bottom of the leather shifter knob that then snap into the plastic chrome ring at the top of the leather shifter boot. so if you attempt to twist the knob and unthread it you will twist the leather boot as well. You HAVE to get the whole middle panel out to push the 2 tabs together on the knob to remove it from the boot ring. Slightly infuriating really.

First take off the 2 plastic side panels on the side of the middle console. They're just clipped in place. Use a plastic trim removal tool to avoid marring the plastic. Next take out the screws on the side chrome trip. Pull the entire middle console up and take the 3 screws out that hold the Econ and Brake buttons in place. You can then turn the whole console around to twist the shift knob off. Push in those 2 plastic tabs and remove the knob from the boot.

Now just put it all back together. I used a nut on the shifter shaft for the new knob to press against.
 

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Well I'll be dropping off my Accord to the body shop. A construction company truck was dropping rocks on the highway and one hit my hood and then chipped my windshield. In all my years I've never had a rock hit my car so hard and this one did $1000 in damage before I made my first car payment.
 

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Well I'll be dropping off my Accord to the body shop. A construction company truck was dropping rocks on the highway and one hit my hood and then chipped my windshield. In all my years I've never had a rock hit my car so hard and this one did $1000 in damage before I made my first car payment.
****... that sucks!!! :sad:
 

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Gear knob swap....

First off this is not easy. If you're not comfortable taking the ENTIRE middle console apart you can't swap the shifter knob. The problem is that Honda put plastic clips at the bottom of the leather shifter knob that then snap into the plastic chrome ring at the top of the leather shifter boot. so if you attempt to twist the knob and unthread it you will twist the leather boot as well. You HAVE to get the whole middle panel out to push the 2 tabs together on the knob to remove it from the boot ring. Slightly infuriating really.

First take off the 2 plastic side panels on the side of the middle console. They're just clipped in place. Use a plastic trim removal tool to avoid marring the plastic. Next take out the screws on the side chrome trip. Pull the entire middle console up and take the 3 screws out that hold the Econ and Brake buttons in place. You can then turn the whole console around to twist the shift knob off. Push in those 2 plastic tabs and remove the knob from the boot.

Now just put it all back together. I used a nut on the shifter shaft for the new knob to press against.
Can you let me know where you got your shift knob and how you are liking it? This looks a little daunting for me, is there any possibility to pull the boot down a bit and squeeze the clips to remove the knob? Thanks a lot for your help!!
 

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Can you let me know where you got your shift knob and how you are liking it? This looks a little daunting for me, is there any possibility to pull the boot down a bit and squeeze the clips to remove the knob? Thanks a lot for your help!!
Its really not that hard, just get some plastic trim removal tools and don't force anything. I've seen a video where you can pull the plastic ring at the top of the leather boot down and pushing with a flat screwdriver but you still have the issue of putting something on the other side to hold the leather boot up. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I'm on here every few days.

Got the knob from eBay and I really like it...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-CARBON...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
 

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Looks great. Sorry about the damage. I have a Wrangler that is 22 years old and the windshield is a nightmare. Cracks at first rock. I had a MB and I don't think a rock the size of a quarter could hurt it. Like a tank. Same with a Subaru Outback. Am hoping the Honda holds up as well.
 

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I wasn't impressed with the stock shifter on the manual, which is why I went to the auto (plus I do a fair amount of city driving and the 10 speed is very good). Needs a short shift kit with improved bushings
 

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Gear knob swap....

First off this is not easy. If you're not comfortable taking the ENTIRE middle console apart you can't swap the shifter knob. The problem is that Honda put plastic clips at the bottom of the leather shifter knob that then snap into the plastic chrome ring at the top of the leather shifter boot. so if you attempt to twist the knob and unthread it you will twist the leather boot as well. You HAVE to get the whole middle panel out to push the 2 tabs together on the knob to remove it from the boot ring. Slightly infuriating really.

First take off the 2 plastic side panels on the side of the middle console. They're just clipped in place. Use a plastic trim removal tool to avoid marring the plastic. Next take out the screws on the side chrome trip. Pull the entire middle console up and take the 3 screws out that hold the Econ and Brake buttons in place. You can then turn the whole console around to twist the shift knob off. Push in those 2 plastic tabs and remove the knob from the boot.

Now just put it all back together. I used a nut on the shifter shaft for the new knob to press against.
We’re you able to get rid of the gap between the shift boot, and bottom the shift knob? If so, how???
 

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Gear knob swap....

First off this is not easy. If you're not comfortable taking the ENTIRE middle console apart you can't swap the shifter knob. The problem is that Honda put plastic clips at the bottom of the leather shifter knob that then snap into the plastic chrome ring at the top of the leather shifter boot. so if you attempt to twist the knob and unthread it you will twist the leather boot as well. You HAVE to get the whole middle panel out to push the 2 tabs together on the knob to remove it from the boot ring. Slightly infuriating really.

First take off the 2 plastic side panels on the side of the middle console. They're just clipped in place. Use a plastic trim removal tool to avoid marring the plastic. Next take out the screws on the side chrome trip. Pull the entire middle console up and take the 3 screws out that hold the Econ and Brake buttons in place. You can then turn the whole console around to twist the shift knob off. Push in those 2 plastic tabs and remove the knob from the boot.

Now just put it all back together. I used a nut on the shifter shaft for the new knob to press against.
Thank you for all of your time and effort in this write up. This will be probably one of the few mods I will do, since I am having the infamous twisting shift knob on hot days, as well as I want a weighted knob to provide a better shifting experience. I am heavily considering the short shifter kit for these cars, but I have Hondacare and don't want to butcher my warranty at 9,000 miles.

Thanks again!
 

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The loose shift knob is a lapse in quality at the factory. It seems so few manuals come off the line that the workers were never properly instructed on how to properly install it. There are 2 Youtube reviews where a loose shift knob was discussed, Savagegeese and Throttlehouse. Both were 2.0T Accords. A year after those videos I picked up my 2019 and sure enough, the shift know was loose. I had the techs fix it and its never been a problem since. It's a year later and 22k miles.It's amazing to me that Honda failed to address such a simple misstep at their factory. How difficult is it to perform such a simple procedure at the factory. Luckily, the rest of the car is solid and well assembled with exception of a few panel gaps that could be improved.None the less, it seems that Honda found a solution to this. Stop making manual Accords. So sad....
 

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