Suichuuka – flower gear knobs

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One thing that I’ve been meaning to buy the Stagea was a fresh gear knob, the old blue bubble shifter from the Skyline just didn’t cut it anymore. There’s nothing blue on the Stagea, it looked so out-of-place so it had to go. But it had to be replaced with something even quirkier.

For years now, I’ve always wanted a ‘Suichuuka’ … a flower gear knob. After some half-assed searches for one the trail went cold. This happened multiple times, they definitely aren’t easy to find if you don’t know where to look. It was until I went to the gong to catch up with the boys from Cursed Sundays that my search had re-commenced.

Luke is rocking one on his widebody S13. It’s the first one I’ve seen in person and I knew that it was time to find myself one.

The following days, I spent some time on the translator, trying my luck in Yahoo for something cool. I found lots of odds and ends that’s for sure, but not a Suichuuka (check out this post on Nori Yaro about the history behind them). The trial had started to get cold again, but then I came across a company called Seiko that produces the very gear knob I was after!

Seiko flower shift knob small

Julie was in the same boat as me, she saw Luke’s Suichuuka and wanted one pronto! Heck she was getting into her Asain mode, trying to haggle him to sell it lol.

Seiko produce these gear knobs in two different lengths (as I’m sure you’ve worked out by now). The short version is roughly 150mm long.

Seiko flower shift knob large

The long version is roughly 200mm long. It’s also quite a bit thicker than the short version. They have 2 different threads built-in too which is cool. Unlike the bubble shifters where you need to use that chatty thread adaptor that tends to snap. So each Seiko flower shift knob has M10x1.25 and M12x1.25 built into it.

I’m so glad I finally got my hands on a flower shift knob. If you’ve always wanted one yourself, feel free to hit me up!

4 Responses to “Suichuuka – flower gear knobs”

  1. Liam Rhodes March 29, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Hello,

    Do you have a link to buy these?

    Thanks
    Liam

  2. Jacob April 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Yeah, definitely need on of these!

    Link/info?

  3. Steph September 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I would also like a link/email/info on these!

  4. Sarah July 2, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Where do I find these?! I want one

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