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Old 08-20-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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Shift Style alcantera shift boot & ebrake boot install - DIY

I spiced up the interior of my M3 with an alcantara shift boot and ebrake boot from www.ShiftStyle.com.

Quick tool/supply list -
** Zip ties
** Wire cutters
** Strong hands
** Shift boot and ebrake boot from www.ShiftStyle.com


Shift Boot Instructions

1) Pull the side of your existing boot towards the shifter to pop the plastic frame lose.


2) With the boot bottom loose the shift knob has to come off. The knob is held on but friction and plastic clips inside the boot. I've found it helps if knob is warm. Try parking your car in the sun for an afternoon to heat up the interior. Then put the car in 2nd and pull up, hard. Be VERY careful to pull in such a way that you won't hit yourself in the face, break your rear view mirror or wind shield. Try to pull the knob in such a way that it will go into your stomach if things go badly.


3) You should now be able to remove your boot. In my M3 the knob is lighted so I had to disconnect the wiring plug.


4) The Shift Style boot reuses the stock frame seen here in white.


5) The stock boot is glued to the frame. Start peeling the leather back off the frame. Work your way around slowly peeling the leather off. It takes time but just keep working at it, once you get it started it comes off easier than it seems like when you start.


6) With the frame free of the stock boot put the Shift Style boot on. It comes with an elastic bottom so its a simple matter of slipping it on. You could glue it as well but I don't think its needed. If you ordered a shift boot and ebrake boot be sure not mix them up and put the wrong one on like I did


7) Make sure you line up the stitching to best show it off in your car.

8) Now slip the boot over the shift level and zip tie it in place.


9) Snap the base back into place and reinstall your shift knob. If you're using the stock knob it snaps back on. I replaced the stock knob with a UUC Rob Knob.


Ebrake Boot Instructions

1) With the ebrake up pull the stock boot towards the lever to pop the bottom frame out of the center counsel.


2) Cut the zip tie that holds the boot to the ebrake handle.


3) With the boot and frame free we need to remove the plastic frame from the stock boot as the Shift Style boot reuses the stock frame. Start by finding a lose section of the leather and slowly pealing it off the glue holding it to the frame. Work you way around the boot pulling a bit a at time on each section. It gets easier as you have more leather to hold on to, getting started is the hardest bit.


4) I worked both side first, then had much better luck removing the ends.


5) With the frame free install the Shift Style boot. The boot has an elastic bottom so it slips over the frame. You could glue it as well but I don't think its needed.


6) Line up the stitching with the corners of the frame so it looks great when installed. The top of the frame has the larger plastic tab on it, the bottom has one but is smaller and thinner.


7) Slip the boot over the ebrake handle and zip tie it in place. Notice that the ebrake handle has slight grove in it that the zip tie should go in.

8) With the end zip tied to the handle snap the plastic frame back into place and you're done. Take your whip for a spin and enjoy the new feel to your interior!

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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Nice Tim.
Looks good!

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Old 08-20-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'm very pleased with the new look!
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:58 PM   #4
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thanks Tim... that's awesome...
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:39 AM   #5
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Looks great! To relieve your interior woes you need to trade your black nappa for cinnamon or imola... worked for me
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:37 PM   #6
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nice! i like these.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:55 PM   #7
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Very nice Tim, it definitely cleans up the interior.
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:46 PM   #8
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nice, might put that on the list of future mods...
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:49 PM   #9
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nice, might put that on the list of future mods...
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:18 AM   #10
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yea nice tutorial ...i noticed that the new knob you put on only had 5 gears?? do they not make that knob with 6??
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:25 AM   #11
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yea nice tutorial ...i noticed that the new knob you put on only had 5 gears?? do they not make that knob with 6??
It was from my 330i that was only a 5 speed pattern on the knob. I'll get a new cap for it from UUC soon.

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Old 08-25-2010, 09:28 AM   #12
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That looks nice. You could talk to coby1 about getting one of his alcantara M3 wheels. I think he sells them for your old wheel plus some cash. They look awesome and feel amazing.
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Nice Tim, I had the exact same shift boot and ebrake boot in my car. So much easier than others I have seen.
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Does this material look and feel like alcantara? or is it alcantara?
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Thanks for the walk through! just got done with mine looks great
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:47 PM   #16
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I'm ordering one right now. On the list for future mods.. thanks for the writeup tim
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:24 PM   #17
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I'm ordering one right now. On the list for future mods.. thanks for the writeup tim
Just ordered a set. $64 shipped is cheap!
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can I get a DIY for SMG shift boot thanks,
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Old 11-25-2010, 03:47 PM   #19
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Nice upgrade of the interior, Did the same in my previous E46,and loved it.Before I traded the vert for a 5 series.

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First off, nice DIY and addition to the site. I'm sure it's been helpful to many.

I'm sorry to bump an old thread, but I've been trying to get in touch with Shift Style for over a month now with no response, and in another week's time, my parts will have been missing for two months time. I have received no return email since June 23rd, and shipped my product via USPS on June 28th. I have tried NUMEROUS times to contact them both via email and their contact form on their site. At this time I don't even care if they send me the alcantra boot, I just want my oem parts back as the cost to replace each part with new oem parts is going to be very pricy!

I sent my Shift Boot, Shift Knob & Shift Surround (oem carbon fiber) all to them so that I could have a alcantra Shift Boot Free (a program they do if they do not have your model in their database, which they didn't have one for my 2005 S4). I also shipped my E-Brake handle to have it wrapped and was expecting a bill for this to be done, which would be no problem as it was extra labor. But at this point, I have received NO response to any form of contact I have tried, and feel as a last resort I must track them down through forum posts. If nothing else, let this serve as a warning for anyone else looking to purchase through them or send their parts in as I did.

Thank you for your time and any help on the matter.
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