I'm trying to replace the stock gear map shifter ball with something a little more esthetically pleasing that I found at Canadian Tire. I've been searching around for a way to remove the shifter ball in the new rangers... most people say that it should just slide out. I tried putting a piece of wood right under the ball and hitting it upwards, but that didn't work... seems like it's on there pretty tight. There's a little metal ring just beneath the shifter ball... is that part of the ball or the shaft? If anyone has any tricks for getting that ball off, it'd be appreciated.