This DIY is simple, and is here to help you see how easy it is to take the shifter surround off for access to the shifter assembly, and how to replace the boot with an aftermarket one
DIFFICULTY - (Easy 1-10 Expert) = 1
It is a bit difficult to get your hands in to pull up where needed, and the force required to pop the cover up is more than you would expect, but this is very easy stuff.
For removal, none. You will want a napkin or paper towel to put the spring on, as it is covered with grease.
For installation of an aftermarket boot you need
Flat bladed screw driver (thin blade) or staple remover
Needle nose pliers
Remove the shift knob by turning counter clockwise, set aside.
Place a paper towel, rag, or napkin in one of the cupholders, opened up.
Remove the spring and place it in the napkin/rag/paper towel. Wipe your hands off before you continue.
With clean hands, as shown in the picture below, get your fingers under the lip of the shifter surround, and GENTLY pull up, increasing pressure until it pops off. DO NOT YANK ON IT. You could break something. I didn't, but I don't want anyone having that problem. There are no rattles because this is nice and tight.
Turn the assembly over and you will see this.
You'll notice that the boot itself is stapled with heavy duty staples through the pleather boot, and through the plastic ring. This ring snaps in place into the console surround tightly.
To remove the boot assembly from the console/surround, push on the locking tabs as shown below.
You will now have the below pieces.
Note that the curved smaller end of the assembly faces to the back of the car when installed. Note that the reverse lockout sleeve faces to the left when installed. Remember this.
Next, we will remove the reverse lockout assembly. Push the reverse lockout sleeve in so the boot is inside out and you can see the ring in the below picture.
Using your screwdriver or needle nose, carefully get under the split ring holding the boot and pull it up enough to unwind it from the boot/reverse sleeve.
Pull the boot enough to the side that you can get the reverse sleeve pulled through the boot. No worries, it won't tear, just go slow.
Now for boot removal. Use the thin screwdriver to pry up the edges of the staples.
Use the pliers to pull the staples out one at a time.