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Ellis Precision TRD Shift Knobs – 4Runner/ FJ

Updated 2/4/20 /

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Ellis Precision TRD 4Runner Knobs

Custom Trail4R Ellis Precision Automatic Shifter Knobs with Transfer Case Knobs (TRD, 4R, and Other Designs Optional)

Overall, these shift knobs are just flat out amazing. When it comes to accessories, these are a must-have. If you want to go with a custom shift knob, these are great.

With that being said, they are also not cheap compared to the TRD knobs which come in at $89, but these are pretty weak.

The Ellis Precision knobs (custom) come in at $139 and basic stock designs at $119. While you can get other similar style solutions on Amazon for $99, I don’t think anything really compares to the Ellis Precision knob in terms of a custom knob. 

If you would like to get any designed engraved, you can for about $119.

Branding Options with Ellis Precision

Ellis Precision 4Runner Shift Nob

  • The Official Trail 4R Brand
  • FJ
  • TRD
  • TEQ
  • PRO
  • 4R
  • Distressed American Flag

There are quite a few options for something cool with the Ellis Precision. They have every model 4Runner option as well as a few extras. Take a look at the bullet list above and choose what branding/ etching you want. If you want the Trail4R shift knobs, let us know or let Ellis Precision know and I am sure, they will print it for you. 

CNC Machined

Exactly what Ellis Precision says about their product:

CNC machined for a precise fit, with a unique installation method that allows for a solid mechanical attachment to your FJ Cruiser or 5th Gen 4Runner. Simply unthread your plastic OEM knobs, and thread these solid aluminum knobs on in their place using the included instructions. No adhesives, no fuss, no mess.

Ellis Precision Automatic Shifter Install

Custom Ellis Precision Automatic Shifter Knobs

Remove the stock 4Runner or FJ knob by unthreading

Take M8 threaded automatic shifter knob and thread it all the way down, with the threaded portion facing up. Next, put the M8 lock washer over the threaded shaft and allow it to rest in the machined pocket on top of the M8 automatic shifter knob (long shaft portion). Thread the top portion (the automatic shift knob head) of the M8 automatic shifter knob all the way down.

Note where the etching has orientated, and twist the knob backward, up the threads until it is straight.

Positioning the Etching Face Alignment

Now, while holding the etching straight or inline with where you want the etching to face, twist the automatic knob long shaft portion backward (counter-clockwise), up against the bottom of the M8 automatic knob head and lock washer, locking the automatic knob head into alignment.

Using this method, you can adjust the height of the knob up a few threads, but it is recommended that the automatic transmission knob is installed as far down onto the shaft as possible to eliminate stress on the threads.

Ellis Precision Transfer Case or Manual Six Speed Install

Custom Ellis Precision Automatic Shifter Knobs

Remove the stock Transfer Case or Manual Six Speed Shifter knob by unthreading.

Take the 2 M12 jam nuts, and one at a time, thread all the way down onto the M12 transfer case shifter shaft. Ensure the M12 nuts are hand tighten together, and test the transfer case shifter alignment. Just take a mental note of what gear you in. At this point, you are more than likely in High 2.

Note that the machined pocket in the bottom of the transfer case knob should stop against the floor of the pocket, up inside the transfer case knob head. If they don’t touch, move the nuts up the threads a couple turns, lock the nuts against each other, and try again.

Once you have the transfer case shifter knob head bottoming out on the pair of jam nuts, that are lightly jammed together, note the alignment.

Positioning the Etching Face Alignment

Remove the transfer case shifter knob head, adjust the top jam nut up the same twist amount you need to adjust the shifter edging, and use a pair of wrenches to hold the top nut while jamming the bottom nut tight up against the top one. Thread the transfer case shifter knob head back on, and tighten against the pair of nuts.

If you are still not happy with the alignment, tweak the nuts and transfer case shifter knob head a little more.

Note: For a lower profile installation it may be possible to get proper alignment using only one jam nut, but in our experience, this method is not as secure and typically requires a little more trial and error.

Ellis Precision TRD 4Runner Knobs Quality

The Ellis Precision knobs are a pure work of art. The not only look amazing, the feel heaven-sent. They might get a bit cold in the winter or warm in the summer but that’s what polycrystalline window tinting your 4Runner is for.

So, if you have a problem with a warm or cold shift knob and want to be a little girl about it, don’t buy a set. If you want to hop in your 4Runner every day and say holy Sh** these are so cool, then buy a set.

Once installed the Ellis Precision knobs will hold their alignment very well without having to play with some sticky adhesives.

These sticky adhesive knobs fall under thermal cycles resulting from vehicles left outside in the sun, which can damage your set screws which will definitely damage the shaft threads.

Aftermarket 4Runner Knobs

If you are looking for an aftermarket knob, this one takes the cake, clearly. If you are not sold already, just send us an email and we will tell you just how awesome they are.

The Ellis Precision knobs fit absolutely perfect and are incredibly easy to install. You just screw them in.

A little bit of tweaking may need to happen to get your logo alignment correct if you want, but that really is it.

Cheers guys, what an amazing product!

Ellis Precision TRD 4Runner Knobs

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August 20, 2020 7:16 pm

Just got my installed and man these things are super high quality and they just feel so robust and sturdy and comfortable to rest my hand on while driving. Couldn’t recommend it more. Also I had signed up for the restock since they were sold out for awhile and they were much cheaper than what was listed in this article. Had my black automatic transmission shift knob shipped with custom logo for just 100 bucks. Can’t beat that price for the quality.

June 28, 2020 10:38 pm

I don’t see the 4R shift knob set on this or the Ellis website. Where do I go about ordering them?

February 25, 2020 11:04 am


Mauro Chaconi
Mauro Chaconi
March 29, 2020 7:55 pm
Reply to  Steve

Stefano a la morito. Arrebato! $149

June 1, 2019 3:32 am

These look awesome! How do they compare to the already thick TRD knob? Taller? The same?
It’s the little things like this that make me enjoy my 4Runner that much more. 👍

April 28, 2019 5:45 pm

Hi guys, I’m looking at ordering a set of these from Ellis Precision. I wanted to know if it was ok to use your Trail4R design you have on your page here? Didn’t want to use it without your permission. Thanks!

February 2, 2019 3:19 pm

Mine just arrived for my 2012 TE. Wow!! These are sexy! The pics don’t justify them. They are bigger than they look and are super sweet! Easy install. Nice to get those clunky stock plastic junkers gone!

Good recommendation on this mod.

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