The Best Shift Knob Replacement for Your Toyota Tacoma

There are 4 primary contact points between you and the car when you’re driving: the steering wheel, seat, pedals, and the shift knob.

Upgrading either of these contact points will make for a quality of life improvement. It won’t make your car any faster, but it’s a great way to bump up the ergonomic a notch.

Aftermarket shift knobs are the cheapest and most accessible out of the 4. They’re a must-have if you want to spruce up your car’s interior without breaking the bank.

You’ll find everything from beautiful, precision-made weighted knobs, to cheap flimsy-feeling ones made with low-quality materials.

When shopping online, it’s hard to tell the two apart. So we’ve made it easier for you by helping you to narrow down your options.

In this guide, we’ve listed some of the best Toyota Tacoma shift knobs on the market, and we’ve discussed everything you need to know to choose the right one.

Toyota Tacoma Shift Knob Replacement: Considerations

Toyot Tacoma automatic shift knob replacement

Unlike aftermarket steering wheels and seats where compatibility is a concern, shift knobs are a bit easier to work with.

Most aftermarket shift knobs are universal since they come with multiple adapters that make them compatible across various platforms.

Besides that, you need to consider the build material, shape, size, lettering, color, and most importantly, weight. Below we’ve discussed these factors in more detail.

Tacoma Shift Knob Thread: Manual and Automatic

The 1st thing you need to consider is the Tacoma’s shift knob thread count and size which is M12 x 1.25; 12 mm outer diameter with a corresponding thread pitch of 1.25 mm.

You only need to know the numbers to make sure you have the right fit.

When browsing shift knobs online, you want to ensure that you filter your selection and either:

  • Choose the right size to begin with, or
  • Make sure that the shift knob is sold with an adapter that fits this size. Many shift knobs are sold without any adapters.

Another thing to consider is whether you drive an automatic or a manual. For automatic shift knob replacement, you’re going to need a thread size of M8 x 1.25.

2nd Gen Tacoma shift knob

When it comes to manual shift knob replacement for your Tacoma, you’re going to need M12 x 1.25. This applies to all 3 generations of the truck.

So whether you own a manual 1st gen Tacoma or a 2nd gen, the aftermarket shift knob size is going to remain the same.

Once you install the aftermarket shift knob, you’ll notice that it won’t line up the way the OEM knob does. It will leave an awkward gap between the bottom of the knob and the boot collar. This leaves the shift boot loose.

You can remedy this by using a 0.075” rubber grommet and a basic workshop tool set. It’ll help to secure the boot, and these can be purchased at most hardware stores for low prices.

Size and Shape

TRD leather shifter installed in an automatic Toyota Tacoma

This comes down to your preferences. Many enthusiasts prefer the good old sphere, but those of us who like holding the shifter sideways prefer tall, cylindrical shift levers. This is completely up to you and your preferences/driving style.

Common shapes include:

  • Ball or sphere-shaped.
  • Cylindrical (taller shift knobs resembling a cylinder).
  • Variations of OEM-style shift knobs that have a rounded top with curvature to assist in side-grip or top-grip.
  • Then you have the odd and unconventional designs such as swords and skulls; something that belongs in a Japanese Bosozoku car.
    • We don’t like these but hey, it’s your car, you can do whatever you want with it. No judgment.
Toyota Tacoma manual shift knob replacement

We recommend choosing a size and shape that works best for your hand size as well as your preferences.


Material matters. Your selection will significantly impact the look, feel, and weight of the shift knob. But look and feel aside, what matters more is the conductivity of the material.

The material will also impact the overall finish of the shift knob. You can choose a matte, glossy, or metallic finish, typically available in multiple different colors.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel shift knob

Stainless steel or SS is a common choice for shift knobs. SS knobs have a shine and a smooth texture.

The only downside is that stainless steel is a good conductor of heat. This means that your shift knob can get freezing cold if it’s snowing outside and it can get extremely hot if you leave your truck in the sun all day.


Aluminum shift knob

Aluminum is another commonly used material for manufacturing shift knobs. Just like stainless steel, it is tough and has a smooth texture, but is prone to getting hot or cold.

That said, its benefits in durability make up for the issues with conductivity. Just be sure to let it cool off or warm up before use if needed. Consider wrapping the shift knob in a sock or similar fabric to protect it from the weather.


MOMO leather shift knob

Many cars come with leather-coated shift knobs from the factory. These provide excellent texture and grip, as well as quality.

When made well, they can look incredibly classy while also being rugged and very durable. Temperature conductivity is never an issue with these.


Delrin shift knob

If you live in a region that experiences extreme temperatures, then Delrin shift knobs are ideal for you.

Delrin is an acetal resin — an engineering thermoplastic commonly used in precision parts that require high stiffness, low friction, and dimensional stability.

The reason why it’s commonly used for makeshift knobs (and countless other car parts) is that it is very stiff, and it’s a poor conductor of heat. Which means it will always stay at a neutral temperature.


MOMO Targa wooden shift knob for Tacoma

Wooden shift knobs and steering wheels were a very common sight back in the day, and it makes sense. It has all the good properties of aluminum and stainless steel, paired with the conductivity of Delrin.

If you have a thing for high-quality, classy materials, we’d say seek out a nice shift knob made using a rare wood type.

The Targa Heritage shift knob by MOMO comes to mind — it’s made using solid beechwood and mahogany, with authentic leather inserts.

Carbon Fiber

Mishimoto carbon fiber shift knob

Finally, carbon fiber is another popular option when it comes to shift knob material selection. It’s an excellent material to work with, quite possibly the best material you can choose for shift knobs.

The only issue with buying carbon fiber shift knobs is that it’s difficult to verify if it’s actual carbon fiber or if it is just made to look like it. It is important to distinguish between real carbon fiber and carbon fiber patterns.

So be careful when selecting a carbon fiber shift knob and double-check the product description states that the knob is actually made of carbon fiber.

Choosing the right material is a matter of finding out what textures/surfaces you like best when shifting, as well as considering how much appearance matters to you.

If appearance is an important factor, as it often is for automotive enthusiasts, you want to look at how the shift knob will fit with the overall interior style of your Tacoma.


The weight of your shift knob has a significant impact on how it’s going to function. That’s why you’ll come across weighted and non-weighted knobs.

The idea behind weighted shift knobs is for them to be able to carry some momentum when you shift. This translates to a “bulkier” shift that requires less effort and slots the lever into gear with plenty of feedback.

It might sound counterintuitive that heavier shift knobs would make shifting easier, but it makes sense. The extra weight does help propel the shift knob into the selected gear.

Of course, having a weighted shift knob will not make your car suddenly perform better or improve your skills as a driver, but it is an add-on that many enthusiasts appreciate.

With that being said, if you prefer a lighter shift knob or do not even care about the weight, that is absolutely fine.

Ultimately a shift knob is one of the most personal choices you can make when customizing your car.

Best Shift Knobs for Toyota Tacomas

We’ve curated the following list of replacement shift knobs, keeping in mind a wide range of styles and preferences.

Our list includes both OEM replacement and aftermarket shift knobs that are highly favored by Tacoma owners.

It’s worth mentioning that most of these are designed for manual Tacomas. However, some of them do have alternative variants that are compatible with automatic transmissions.

Toyota TRD Pro

Toyota TRD Pro shift knob designed for Toyota Tacoma

Manufacturer: Toyota
Part Number: PTR57-35170
Material: Leather Coated
Weight: 6.8 oz
Buy on: Amazon

What we like about it is the neat little TRD logo as well as red-accented stitching which beautifully contrasts the black finish.

1st on our list is the OEM Toyota Tacoma shift knob. This isn’t an exact replacement though, it is an upgrade from the one that’s installed from the factory.

It’s leather-coated, and it’s fairly lightweight, coming in at a little under half a pound.

This is a great shift knob for those who prefer the OEM look and feel but want something a little nicer in quality.

Just changing the OEM shift knob that is solid black for one that is dual-tone will enhance the overall look of your shift lever.

AJT Design Billet Knob

AJT Design shift knob for Tacoma

Manufacturer: AJT Design
Part Number: ‎10001-STB
Material: Aluminum
Weight: 11.5 oz

Another popular shift knob in the Tacoma community is the one from AJT Design. It weighs almost a pound and features billet aluminum construction.

This shift knob has a unique design — a rounded top with indentations containing hex screws which make it look tough and rugged. Even the bottom of the shift knob features small indentations.

The rounded top is great for those who like to grip the top of the shift knob as opposed to holding it sideways.

AJT Designs offers several color options including black, silver, red, blue, and green, giving you a wide variety to choose from.

Mishimoto Weighted Knob

Mishimoto universal weighted shift knob for Toyota Tacoma

Manufacturer: Mishimoto
Part Number: ‎MMSK-BK
Material: Alloy steel
Weight: 12.8 oz
Buy on: Amazon

The Mishimoto weighted shift knob is a steel knob weighing close to a pound at 12.8 oz and has a nice “M” logo on top of the knob, giving a nice accent to the otherwise smooth surface.

While the knob is made of steel, the outer layer is aluminum and provides a smooth, shiny finish.

Mishimoto offers a plethora of colors so if you want a neon yellow or pink knob, they have it. Of course, you can always stick to the traditional color scheme.

This shift knob is a taller one with a cylindrical shape that widens near the top. This is great for gripping it either from the middle or the top when shifting.

The weighted feature helps you shift more quickly and smoothly. Note that this knob comes with multiple adapters, so be sure to use the M12 x 1.25 adapter for your Tacoma.

Toyota Hilux OEM

Toyota Hilux OEM replacement shift knob

Manufacturer: Toyota
Part Number: UAQAKKE
Material: Leather
Weight: 10.5 oz
Buy on: Amazon

Although designed for the Toyota Hilux, this OEM shift knob will fit your Tacoma perfectly.

Many owners feel this is much better than the stock knob that the Tacoma comes with, giving you an upgrade while still being a genuine Toyota product.

If you are someone who prefers retaining the OEM look, then this is the perfect shift knob for you.

The knob itself is coated in black leather and weighs 10.5oz, with a traditional OEM shape for comfortable, familiar shifts.

Shiftin Universal

Shiftin black leather walnut brown shift knob compatible with Toyota Tacoma.

Manufacturer: Shiftin
Part Number: SKU17HLPB1
Material: Leather and wood
Weight: 6.4 oz
Buy on: Amazon

The lightest shift knob on our list at just over 6oz comes from Shiftin. The knob is leather-coated and has a smooth wooden finish.

It’s worth mentioning that the leather used here is not 100% authentic leather; it’s PU leather. We won’t be surprised if the “walnut wood” isn’t actually wood, but that is to be expected at this price point.

Either way, the shift knob looks classy and feels like it was made exclusively for Tacomas.

If you don’t dig the wooden finish, you can also buy this same shift knob in a carbon fiber pattern or a simple piano black finish.

It has a similar shape to the above-mentioned OEM Hilux and TRD Pro knobs, with perforation throughout, giving it a unique and upscale look.

Billetworkz Blue Cosmic Space

Billetworkz Blue Cosmic Space shift knob for Toyota Tacoma

Manufacturer: Billetworkz
Material: Aluminum
Weight: 7.1 oz
Buy on: Amazon

The Blue Cosmic shift knob from Billetworkz is a small, lightweight, aluminum ball-shaped shifter that looks just as the name suggests.

If the sparkly cosmic style isn’t your thing, you’d be happy to know that Billetworkz makes many shift knobs with multiple patterns and solid colors too.

This is the 1st ball shift knob on our list and a great choice for anyone who prefers the smaller shift knobs to larger and/or taller ones.

Note, like the Mishimoto shift knob, it comes with multiple adapters; use the M12 x 1.25 adapter for your Toyota Tacoma.

DC Sports SKT1000

DC Sports SKT1000 shift knob compatible with Toyota Tacoma

Manufacturer: DC Sports
Part Number: SKT1000
Material: Stainless steel
Weight: 16 oz
Buy on: Amazon

The heaviest shift knobs on this list at exactly 1 pound are those manufactured by DC Sports. The SKT1000 is a stainless steel weighted shift knob and it comes with multiple adapters.

It sports a cylindrical design, similar in size and shape to the Mishimoto weighted knob but with a matte, powder-coated silver finish.

It also weighs a few ounces more than the Mishimoto knob, which is important to consider if weight is of interest to you.

However, more or less weight is not inherently better or worse, but something that alters the driving and shifting experience generally.

If you are after that, this is a great choice. If not, you might want to go with a lighter option on our list.

DC Sports SKB1000

DC Sports SKB1000 universal shift knob

Manufacturer: DC Sports
Part Number: SKB1000
Material: Stainless steel
Weight: 16 oz
Buy on: Amazon

The SKB1000 is another weighted 1-pound option from DC Sports, the difference being that this one happens to be a smaller, sphere-shaped knob. It features the same powder-coated finish as its larger sibling.

There is not too much to say about the SKB1000 as it is so alike the SKT1000; choosing one over the other is purely a matter of personal preference in the shape and overall look you like the best.

Our Top Picks

TRD spherical shift knob

And that concludes our list of the best shift knobs for your Toyota Tacoma. We love how simple yet exciting this mod is. One good thing about interior mods is that many of the rules for modified car insurance don’t apply to them.

To help you narrow down your options, we’ve chosen our top 3 recommended options for you.

Best OEM replacement knob: Toyota TRD Pro

If you prefer the OEM look and feel, we recommend the Toyota TRD Pro shift knob.

Though it’s very similar to the factory shift knob, it feels more plush in comparison. Don’t forget, it is a genuine Toyota part and it offers a much nicer appearance.

Our favorite weighted knob: Mishimoto

If you are after a weighted knob, our top choice is the shift knob from Mishimoto. It offers durable steel construction and a weight of 0.8 pounds, as well as a smooth aluminum exterior.

It is also one of the most customizable knobs with a wide range of colors so you can go with something traditional like black or even neon colors.

Nicest looking shift knob for your Tacoma: AJT Designs

If you want your Tacoma’s interior to be as unique as possible, we recommend the AJT Designs shift knob. It provides a ton of durability and an enjoyable driving experience for years to come.

What do you think about this list? Is there a Tacoma replacement shift knob that you know of and highly recommend? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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