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Perhaps this will help:

2016 - MX-5 - Transmission/Transaxle (should be similar)

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION SHIFT KNOB REMOVAL

1. Engage parking brake.
2. Perform the following procedure to remove the selector lever knob.
a. Shift the selector lever to the N range.
b. Insert the tool (width: 2 mm {0.08 in} or less, thickness: 1 mm {0.04 in} or less) on the rear side, as shown in the figure.
c. Lift the tool horizontally in the direction of arrow (1) shown in the figure and detach the tab, and then remove the lock release button cover in the direction of arrow (2).
d. Remove the spring.
e. Remove the selector lever knob.

 

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So not to bring up an old thread but...

Has anyone else tried this? I see nowhere on the back on my shift knob to insert any sort of tool. When I go to some 3rd party reseller sites their direction are incredibly helpful: "Step 1, remove your shift knob."
 

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I actually want to leave the OEM knob, but need to remove it to replace the shift boot and ebrake boot with alcantara ones.
 

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Has anyone removed the automatic shift knob? I can't seem to figure out the trick.
This is from the Spider service manual:

GEARSHIFT KNOB

1.Dislodge the trim (1) on gear lever grip.

2.Work on the retaining clip (2), then remove the gear lever grip.

1.Place the gear lever in its housing and engage the retaining clip (1).

2.Fit the trim on the gear lever grip (2).

(I realize this is pretty sketchy, but this is what you get.)
 

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This is from the Spider service manual:

GEARSHIFT KNOB

1.Dislodge the trim (1) on gear lever grip.

2.Work on the retaining clip (2), then remove the gear lever grip.

1.Place the gear lever in its housing and engage the retaining clip (1).

2.Fit the trim on the gear lever grip (2).

(I realize this is pretty sketchy, but this is what you get.)
Thanks for this. That's way different than what was mentioned earlier in the post. I'll give it a shot.

EDIT: I was able to get the knob off after seeing this diagram. It was a breeze to replace the boot from there. Now the ebrake boot on the other hand, that sucked pretty bad. But they look so much better.

Thanks again.
 
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