on a 1-10 scale, how hard was it?
I would say...2; meaning not hard at all. All panels simply pop off.
There are only three challenges really:
- Pushing down the chrome sproud (which is necessary to reveal the screws). It is snapped onto the shift knob and VERY hard to get off.
- Plugging in the O/D wire is difficult 'cause the connector is deep inside the shifter housing.
- The opening in the black sliding plastic part is too small for the sproud of the new shifter. You need to carve it out with an X-acto knife.
The shift knob itself is a direct fit, with the exception of the electrical connector. I simply removed the O/D button from the old knob and switched it with the button in the new knob.