OK - here's the scoop. The retaining ring at the bottom of the shift knob has to be removed and the retaining clip has to be removed for the shift knob to be separated from the shaft. Then the new knob can be installed.
My G35 came with the factory wood package. I preferred the appearance without the wood. They brought out a small tool they used to just stick under the wood trim and popped off all the pieces and replaced them within about 10 minutes. I would definitly have the dealer do this.
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