shift boot installation guide

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Shift boot installation


1. Image of stock boot.

2. Lift the shift knob from the shifter. It takes some force but will pop off, gently rocking the knob as you lift will help.

3. Remove the shift knob from the silver cap on top of the boot. As with step 2, it takes some force but will come off.

4. Lift the top of the center console. It’s easy to separate and lift with bare fingers. A trim removal tool or a very small flathead screwdriver may also be used.

5. There is no need to disconnect the wire that attaches the console and gauge cluster. There is enough slack to set it aside and continue with this project.

6. There are 4 screws holding the shift boot in place. Using a #2 Philips head screwdriver, extract the 4 screws. Be certain to only extract the screws holding the boot on the outside edges.

7. The boot now lifts easily off with the attached retainer ring.

8. Under the retaining ring, you’ll see holes where fabric from the boot is pushed through. There are small teeth in each of these holes keeping the material in place. A good tug will free the fabric from the teeth. You can also use a small flathead to carefully push the material through if desired.

9. Once complete, you’ll have the boot and the plastic retaining ring separated.

10. Turn the boot inside out. There is a zip-tie keeping the material tight around the sliver cap at the top. This will need to be cut.

11. Retrieve the silver cap and you’re now finished with the stock boot, set it aside. The rest of the installation is the reverse of the previous steps using the new boot in place of the stock one.

12. Insert the silver cap into the new boot. Make sure that you slide the silver cap into the new boot upside down! This will be much tighter in the new shift boot as the opening is not as wide on the new one. Work it in as far as possible, it will not go all of the way to the top.

13. Turn the new boot outside out. Be certain that you are satisfied with the position of your cap. It’s tight enough where a new zip-tie is not needed to keep it in place though you can always add one if so desired.

14. Create a small fold at the bottom of the boot and align it with the retaining ring. Pay attention to the direction of your silver cap. The front (the side with the slot in front of the circle) should be facing the front of the ring. The front is the side with the screw holes wider apart. Once you’re certain you’re aligned properly, push the folded material into the holes with the small teeth on the ring. There is plenty of leather for slack so be certain to make a good fold for the teeth to catch.

15. Use a small flathead screwdriver to push the leather into the teeth on the plastic ring.

16. Place the ring back in place and screw it down.

17. Replace the center trim, put the knob back on the shifter and enjoy your beautiful new leather boot!

Center armrest cover installation


1. Open the arm rest compartment and locate the 8 retaining screws.

2. Remove the 8 retaining screws from the arm rest.

3. Remove the top section of the arm rest cover from the console. If all the screws have been removed, the piece should come right off without having to apply any force.

4. Thoroughly clean the surface of your arm rest before applying any adhesive. If your original cover already has a leather wrap, it will have to be removed before any other step is taken.

5. Once all the measurements have been confirmed, apply adhesive to both the arm rest and the leather. I used Weldwood contact cement to attain a strong bond.

6. Adhere the leather to the arm rest, starting from the center and working your way outward towards the sides of the arm rest.

7. Once the leather has been completely wrapped around the arm rest and the adhesive has fully dried, install the arm rest back on vehicle by repeating steps 3 through 1.

The final result should look something like this.



Useful tip

You have installed a product made out of genuine leather. As you know, to maintain a leather product in good condition, you should take care of it. We suggest occasionally (every 4-6 week for example) applying some leather conditioner/UV protector to keep your leather from drying up in the sun and cracking.

Redline Automotive Accessories Corp. will not be held liable for any labor, incidental or consequential damages of any kind. Proceed at your own risk. 

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