Get to your local Radio Shack and buy a
MOMENTARY PUSH BUTTON, with a rating of 10A and 12V, the smaller the better
and a pair of TAP IN connectors.
The material you decide to work with is up to you, you can use wood,
aluminum, steel, solid epoxy (which i used), just make sure it is easy
to work with and durable.
Since i used epoxy i'm going to tell you a bit of how the hell i fabricated
the OD button holders.
OPTION1 (T Handle Extension):
|Remove the shifter T handle and place
a bit of tape around it to prevent the Epoxy resin from sticking
to the leather.
Start molding the epoxy around the left side of the shifter,
make it as symmetrical as possible and make sure the button
Remember not to cover the T handle hex screw.
Let the resin dry for a couple of hours (depending on brand)
then remove the new piece from the T handle.
Start sanding to make the piece as symmetrical as possible
and to blend to the T handle contour.
Drill a hole from side to side of the mount almost the same
diameter as the button, the wires will have to exit as close
as possible to the stick.
Finish by painting the new piece Satin Black (or any color
you choose) and fitting the new OD button.
You can use some 3M double sided tape or plastic cement to
glue the extension to the T Handle.
OPTION2 (Stick Mount):
I started by measuring the shifter
stick diameter (3/8) and button, then used a piece of balsa wood to create
a mockup version of the OD button base. This model gave me a precise idea
on how to make the final version.
Then i mixed the Resin and Reactive let it dry a bit and later molded
it by hand to the measurements of the balsa model.
When the epoxy dry'd, i started drilling the holes to receive the button
and the shifter stick, making sure the handle wouldn't interfere with
the button placement.
Next i carved it using some grinding bits
to make the shape completely symmetrical and smooth, this is a long process
and be prepared to make mistakes, i did brake it once and had to add some
epoxy to fill some spots. BTW, for my next version i will use aluminum,
its also easy to work with and it wont break as easy.
BE SURE YOU TEST IT after using the bits, you don't want the shifter stick
hole to be too wide, the same for the button.
Last i smoothed the surface with 400 grit sandpaper and painted the OD
The next step is to actually install "THE OD THINGY", you will
have to remove the center console, shifter handle, shifter bezel and tap
into the stock OD button wires.
To remove the shifter Bezel, just pull it , to remove
the handle you need to loosen the allen screw on the back-left
side, press the handle button and PULL it.
The console is also easy, remove the 2 screws close to the console,
remove the center console box and then remove the 2 screws that bolt the
console to the transmission tunnel. (piece of cake)
Now locate the OD Button wires (2), remove 3 inches of the sleeving to
get access to the wires, remove 1mm of insulation from each wire.
Now run a piece of wire from the new OD switch (already fixed in the base
and shifter stick) close to the location of the OD button wires. Use the
TAP IN connectors to pair each wire. And make SURE the wire length is
enough to permit free movement from the shifter.
START YOUR ENGINES!!! and TEST TEST TEST..see if it
all works out. If OK then re-assemble.
BTW if you have installed an "AODE shifter leather
boot" , please remember you have to run the wires through
The final result is easier access to the OD switch, but if you are not
too good with tools, or think it is just a wait of time no problem
!!!, you can always install a second switch somewhere in the
console, a gauge pod and even THE STEERING WHEEL!! (which
may be a bit more difficult actually)