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Old 03-18-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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Start of by taking your E-Brake boot out of the car. I pop's right out. Just pull! The process is exactly the same as the Shift boot just a little longer.

Use the x-acto knife to separate the leather from the housing. Go slow to not cut/slice the boot.

The e-brake handle is held on by a zip tie, no need to cut it. Just wiggle it out.

Slide the handle out

Find the stitch points near the bottom, use the x-acto knife to cut them and pull them one by one.

Stitched are out!

Remember to make the loop on the inside of the boot at the top near the handle. Extend the end to the bottom stitch to start.

The only thing different I did on the E-brake boot than the shift boot was I use a thicker needle. Reasons: 1) Easier to thread the needle. You find that threading the needle is the hardest part if you don't have steady hands or the right needle that goes with the thread. 2: made the holes a tiny bit bigger, which made it so much easier and faster. I got the E-brake done in half the time compared to the shift boot.

Remember to use the existing holes, and give a nice pull every 2-3 to ensure tightness. Repeat the steps as the shift boot, once one side is done again repeat the same process on the other side.

Once both sides of the stitching is done. Repeat the same steps to tri-stitch. Remember to pull every 2 to get a nice even Zig-Zag pattern.

Once you finish one side. Repeat the steps again to the other set of stitching! You are Half way done!!!
Once you finish the last set of stitching don't forget to tie all the threads down.

Now that you are done. Take the boot and wrap it back around the housing.
Secure it with Krazy Glue. Let glue dry for about 5 mins.
Install everything back into the car.
Done! Enjoy your new Tri-Stitch e-brake boot.


Thanks for looking. If you have any questions just ask them on here and I will do my best to answer them.

Last edited by E46Moonlight; 03-19-2010 at 11:18 AM.
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