I wanted to get something done while I get the last few bits for the handling/suspension upgrade together, so started working on an idea I've had for a while.
Basically, making a gearstick out of this:
So, after getting a wooden gearknob from the local scrappy and tearing it apart for the boss/mount within, I started tearing the joystick down...
...carefully, mind you. I wanted the wiring intact...
As expected, everything was connected in at the base, and most of it was blathered in silicone grease. Annoying stuff.
Quickly got the stick itself separated and dismantled, though:
Carefully removing the loom...
That the important bit safely extracted, leaving me with the body of the stick separate.
Only bit of this idea that I'm worried about: the "neck" of the stick is quite narrow. I hope it has sufficient strength for... vigorous gear changes...
The mount is going to need a lot of surgery before it'll fit properly:
The reason for being careful when taking the joystick apart, and keeping the loom intact, is that I fully intend to keep the buttons usable. I don't know what they'll be used for yet, but I want to keep that option open.
For example, if I were to fit a nitrous system at some point down the line, I'd love to be able to rig the solenoid control into the joystick. Or if I ever get air suspension (unlikely at this time, but still possible) I might want to use the joystick buttons for pre-set ride heights.
I'm also looking into 3rd party ECUs, and what is and isn't possible, so if I ever have the opportunity to run switchable maps (with on-the-fly selection) at some point, they might use the buttons (assuming the aforementioned air suspension doesn't).
Oh yes, nearly forgot... the "head" of the joystick has a 3mm LED in it, so I'll have that powered, I think. It's bright blue, which doesn't fit with the rest of the interior lighting. However, when I got the gearknob I picked up an ASR switch for two quid, specifically to tear the LED out of to put into the joystick.