Sorry couldnt resist the title! My DTM came with a very tired looking Alcantara Gearknob and steering wheel, The alcantara had become almost smooth leather and felt pretty grubby. Using the advice from places like detailing world i had limited success in restoring it by wrapping a hot wet kitchen towel round the areas allowing to soak and then carefully brushing with a small wire detailing brush however it nevere really looked good. here is the before
Here is the new Gear Knob
Now to remove the leather gaitor you need to manouver the gearstick to allow a bit of slack on the corner you are starting with and feel through the leather for the four clips which are stopping it from being able to be pulled up. Once you feel these you can carefully release them one by one using your fingers unlill the leather and chrome surround can be lifted up over the gearknob allowing you access to the spring clip seen here.
Ues pliers and a small screwdriver to burst this clip off and then the whole lot will lift off. (you will use a small hose clip to replace this or worst case a cable tie done up super tight)
then you need to remove the leather gaitor fro the old gear knob. ( i wish id taken pics of this bit but will try again) the leather is held on by the plastic bayonet fixing under the knob. you need to twist this until it releases allowing you to remove the knob from the leather. then the reverse to attach it.
make sure you line it up the right way up and its all nice and neat. then slide it onand use a hose clip to secure, fold the leather back down and your done.
It feels and looks much better IMO and matches my retrofit B8 S-line steering wheelo with the chrome inserts
the entire job took me less than 15 mins including trying to find my pliers at the bottom of the tool box.
you can get a good used gearknob on ebay for about £30 and the B8 WHeels are readily available as many people upgrade to the flat bottomed version. I like the look/feel of the newer ones and its made the interior a bit different which after all is what modding is all about
hope this helps someone have the confidence to go for a change