Switching to the much better looking facelift shifting knob or an RS style one requires a bit more effort than simply purchasing the knob itself and replacing it. Since the original button is facing inwards the driver, while the new one is frontal, some heating and twisting is required for the installation

Parts Required

You will need got pliers, someone to help you and the gearshift ball itself of course. Here’s the number of the original A6 knob but you can get S-line, S6, RS6 or whatever option you want.




First, you need to remove the old one. Pull the leather inwards on the market spots to free the clips and pull up. Be careful not to damage the aluminum bracket around the leather.

Twist left the bracket at the root of the knob to free it up.

Now, simply press the button hard and pull up – the entire thing will get up. Now, you will see the plastic core in the metal tube – you need to pull that up, heat it in the base and twist it 90 degrees clockwise.

It’s pull up, heat in the base, twist it more than 90 degree and then let it cool off. Watch out not to melt anything and not to make the plastic too soft.

Make sure it’s exactly vertical and you haven’t added angle anywhere.

That’s it, put the knob down, make sure it’s all the way down, press it hard, then remove the clip from the trigger and let it slide in. Enjoy your new knob 🙂


This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jim

    Part # is 4G1713139AGIBR (for the black one)

  2. Rob

    I tried this and broke the top off. So be careful, as you either improvise to get it “fixed” or take it to a garage and spend a load of money replacing, as whole centre section needs to come out, drop exaust to get to 4 bolts underneath……it was a pain. I managed to fix using some copper wire.

    Great write up and it’s the way to do it…..just he very carefully with the top of the lifter shaft.

  3. David


    Thank you for your Tutorial!

    Why do you need to heat it up und twist it like this, is it because of the button on the side?

    1. Audi A6 Retrofit

      Yes, there’s a hole in the rod which is twisted on 90 degree and you need to make it fit the new location.

  4. Ronan

    Are the gear shifters different between RHD and LHD?

    1. Audi A6 Retrofit

      Yes, they are “mirrored”

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