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Old 04-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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Cutting Shift Boot

Before you flame me I will state that i have searched and was unable to find an answer:

The stealer recently destroyed my shift knob while my car was in for service so now i need to replace it. Yes unfortunately they were trying to get me to pay $400 to fix it... So I ordered a zhp weighted shift knob to replace the stock knob and read somewhere that it is possible to cut the stock boot and make it work with the new knob. I was wondering if there is any special technique to this or how to get it to stay once reinstalled.

Below are pics of the ruined shift knob.


Correct me if i am wrong but i was planning to cut just below where the hard rubber ends and where only leather begins.



my main question is how you would get it to stay once reinstalled.

Thanks for replies in advance
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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You could cut the leather a bit higher on the knob, to give you a bit more length. Then tuck/roll this top edge in/under and hold it in place underneath with a zip tie. Then turn it back outside right.
What is their rationale for not replacing it for you?
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:36 PM   #3
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Curious what knob you have that you're replacing - I might buy if it's the right one! In any case +1 to John in VA's suggestion - that's essentially how the ebrake boot handle is held on.
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info John. Well I am currently calling and discussing the matter with the manager who has been fairly stubborn about the whole situation. When I picked up the car it was only slightly mangled but about after a day of driving the top piece that is illuminated and the plastic on the inside fell completely off only to be held on by the wiring to illuminate it. It appears that they glued the plastic pieces back together hopping i would not notice. That is the last time I will bring my car to them...
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:05 PM   #5
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Curious what knob you have that you're replacing - I might buy if it's the right one! In any case +1 to John in VA's suggestion - that's essentially how the ebrake boot handle is held on.
I am replacing the stock illuminated broomstick shift knob. Although I doubt you want it seeing as the top half is basically snapped off...
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