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    #1 marklboris, Mar 3, 2020
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    With a suggestion from DT, I reached out to 5Spurs to see if they can make a custom overlay for the shift dial.
    Kevin emailed me back a few ideas and he uploaded them to their site. https://5spurs.com/store/usa/2020-Mustang-GT500-Parts-p178162259. I also asked him about possibly making a dial overlay that looks similar to the Ford GT. Click on the link above it you are interested in a custom dial overlay.

    I sent Kevin the dial for him to use for R&D purposes. I am excited to be able to have a black dial. The plastic trim all around the dial I am having Phil at Auto Fanatic cover in Alcantara so when it is all done, I think the top part of the console will look much nicer.
     
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    I like that,!! I’m assuming that’s just a cover? Or would that be a replacement part?
     
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    What I'd like to see (Probably wont happen) is a dial replacement with a digital/electronic shifter. I am more then sure it can be done, just a matter of having the shifter position contact send the right signal. Now that, I'd pay for.
     
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    Machine it out of billet aluminum, I have access to multiple colors of anodizing, would look cool.
     
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    Also I've thinking aren't the 2 shift levers plastic as well ?? Those would be cool anodized in billet aluminum.
     
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    #7 marklboris, Mar 3, 2020
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    It would be a cover. A replacement part would be difficult. The dial is glued to a center column that goes down in the shifter module and I had to basically cut it apart and destroy the module to get it out. They assemble the module and then glue the dial over the column and it is not coming off.

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    I expressed interest.
     
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    Cool, yeah, they seemed like they had the right mix of: experience with small aluminum parts, a line of Ford products, and a smaller, boutique type shop willing to listen to ideas for potential new products.
     
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    Hard to tell from your photo where the adhesive was. Mark, do you have a shot with the knob off the rest of the assembly?
     
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    The dial or knob does not come off of the black column. That black column is actually part of the control module and I had to cut and break the entire thing apart to get that part out. It looks like they assemble the entire control module, then glue the chrome dial on top of the black column part which only sticks out of the control module just enough to glue on the dial. I tried best I could to get that dial off but couldn't so just cut everything up to get to that part. Unfortunately the photo I have of the control module is from up above so you really cannot see the side and what I am talking about.

    You can see there is a slight gap between the dial and black part and that is where the glue is. This thing was definitely not meant to take apart to repair. On the back it has a sticker that said "Scrap if dropped" as many electronic components do in cars.

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    It might be easier to just paint the knob black or what ever color you choose. You could do it in the car if you were careful. Mask everything off and spray paint it with an air brush. Or remove the console and paint it on the bench.
     
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    I originally was going to do this. I posted just that in the paddle shifter thread and was going to use an epoxy paint that I used a few years ago on my front door threshold that has held up very well. No chips or scratches after many people have walked on it. I paint a lot of objects like this and was going to etch the thin aluminum dial (which is over plastic) and then paint it but after talking with Kevin at 5Spurs, I may want to go the route of a better looking and feeling dial. He is also going to come up with a dial that looks similar to the Ford GT one. Sure, this is a more expensive route to go rather than painting it but I want to see what he comes up with. I am in no hurry since I don't even have my car. :blush:
     
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