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All the minkara pages make it look so easy, plug-n-play and whatnot.

Well, it's all BS. It's anything BUT plug-n-play.

This howto will cover everything the minkara pages DON'T mention.

acquire:
qty 2 sato parts K-5475-M (Y390 ea)
qty 1 sato parts K-5475-L (Y440 ea)

these knobs are machined from solid aluminum and feel very good in the hand -- chunky and very substantial.



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old lame OEM knobs


come off easy with double sided sticky tape


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problem #1 (that they don't tell you about)!

shaft 4.78mm


hole 6.00mm :(


if you just put the knobs on, they are off center and wobble about horribly when you turn them. they are also very loose, even if you crank the tightening pin down super hard. not good.

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remove shim...


2 layers of electrical tape does the trick, makes it fit 6mm snug.
do NOT put tape on the flat face though!


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problem #2!

29.80mm knob


29.40mm hole!


some of the minkara pages just jam the knob in, so it's stuck and totally non functional. they don't tell you that though!

other ones buy a LEX MT-22 (medium) knob for the center knob. however it doesn't match the satoparts knobs. i don't like that look at all.

the last ones buy a full set of LEX MT-22 knobs, but i don't like the fluted knob look. i like them solid round, far more elegant.

wrap some sandpaper around old knob and sand away... takes quite a while though!
probably faster with a dremel.


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result! old lame mazda oem controls are GONE!

sexy satoparts radio controls GET!

i now have the only mazdaspeed3 in the entire world with matched set of K-5475 knobs, with a WORKING volume knob! :)

 

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Looks great! Did you ever get any info on the HVAC controls?
 

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I want them ! The look is amazing and great job for the How-to !

Can you set up a GB for these ?

If not, can you buy them for me and ship them back to me ? I will pay you through Paypal. I'm not very good with japanese.

Thanks
Fred
 

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Maybe I'm not seeing it...but it seems you skipped a step between sanding the old knob and putting the new one on. Or did you just put the new one over the old knob to make it fit (and function)?

Any word on the HVAC knobs?
 

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[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=139927.msg3076715#msg3076715 date=1240420922]
Maybe I'm not seeing it...but it seems you skipped a step between sanding the old knob and putting the new one on. Or did you just put the new one over the old knob to make it fit (and function)?[/quote]

sanding old knob? say what?
 

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[quote author=bani link=topic=139927.msg3015850#msg3015850 date=1237967867]
wrap some sandpaper around old knob and sand away... takes quite a while though!
probably faster with a dremel.[/quote]

Ahh...I get it, you used the old knob to sand the amber plastic, correct?
 

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[quote author=TEXNTHREE link=topic=139927.msg3078576#msg3078576 date=1240493439]
[quote author=bani link=topic=139927.msg3015850#msg3015850 date=1237967867]
wrap some sandpaper around old knob and sand away... takes quite a while though!
probably faster with a dremel.[/quote]

Ahh...I get it, you used the old knob to sand the amber plastic, correct?
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that IS what the caption says...
 

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Yes, I misread it yesterday...sorry.

Did you ever get any info on the HVAC rings/knobs?
 

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Hi Bani,

How to get those sato radio knobs ?

I wrote them a a week ago and I didn't get any replies.

Anyone can set up a GB ?
 

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TEKWATCH has a GB going for custom fit HU knobs that are of a similiar style and finish.
 
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