The dash knobs that line your car's instrument panel are designed mainly for convenience and function, but they can serve a more decorative purpose as well. And that's what American Shifter is trying to offer with its dash knobs. Best known for its line of shifter knobs and related accessories, the American Shifter Company now also offers a series of aftermarket decorative dash knobs. These knobs have a different take on dash knobs design-wise and are claimed by American Shifter to make your ride stand out in the crowd. We put these American Shifter dash knob kits to the test to check whether these claims are true or are just flipping our switches.
- Replaces most standard dash knobs
- Available in billet and teardrop styles
- Chrome finish for billet dash knobs
- Knobs have a pilot hole and set screw
- Suitable for radios, headlights, switches, window crank handles and other devices
- Various colors available for some models
- Comes with Allen wrench
- Single-sided blister packaging
- Designed in the USA
Things we liked
- A fairly robust selection of knobs available. American Shifter offers knobs in billet and teardrop styles, but these in turn are broken up into more designs from which to choose from. The billet-type knobs offer a sleek, Art Deco style, while the colorful teardrop knobs have a more fanciful appearance.
- Stylish sleek designs. Unlike its shift knobs, which come with a wild array of styles, the dash knobs from American Shifter have a more reserved appearance. These knobs are particularly suitable for cars with classic 60's or muscle car interiors.
- Easy to install with all the necessary parts included. The knobs have a standard 4.4.mm input hole, making them compatible with most dashboard instruments. These also come with screws and an Allen wrench, so you can immediately install these knobs straight out of their packaging.
Things we didn't like
- Price is a bit steep compared to OEM dash knobs but is in line with that of aftermarket knobs. American Shifter dash knobs are priced $10-$15, which is similar or even lower than other aftermarket dash knob sets but significantly higher than OEM ones, which usually go for $2 to $5 a kit. So if you are planning to replace all of the knobs in your car with these, don't be surprised if you find yourself parting with a $50 note or more.
- Its blister packaging makes unboxing the knobs a bit of a challenge. If you are the type who is frustrated with blister packaging, make sure that you are in a good mood and with a pair of sharp scissors and box cutters if you want to pry these knobs off their packaging.
The bottom line
The American Shifter Company dash knob kit offers a refreshing alternative for those looking for a replacement dash knob for their instrument panel. Whether because of its retro style, quality materials, or easy-to-install design, these dash knobs are definitely hard to put down.