DIY - Shifter Boot / Console Cover Removal / Reinstall
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    Senior Soul RED ZMAN's Avatar
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    DIY - Shifter Boot / Console Cover Removal / Reinstall

    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.


    TOOLS NEEDED

    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


    PROCESS



    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.

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    After all of the staples are removed, simply pull the boot off of the ring, pulling it over the clips one at a time.



    Done.




    Reassembly (Using CustomVinyls CF Shift Boot)


    This is even easier than the removal.


    First, stretch the new boot around the boot ring. There are 3 panels of fabric to make the boot, make sure the single colored panel is facing the small side of the boot ring, which will be facing to the rear of the car when installed.



    Pull the boot around the ring, and stretch the slots in the boot over the clips.



    When the boot is in place on the ring, push the reverse lockout through the boot to the same place as the one you removed.



    Make sure the reverse lockout sleeve is facing properly, so it will be facing to the left when installed as mentioned before.


    Replace the boot retaining ring to hold the new boot in place.



    Snap the completed assembly into the console piece, it'll only fit one way. If you have trouble, make sure the boot is fully in place, and that it is folded smooth. The vinyl can bunch up making it hard to snap in place, work with it a bit and it'll snap in fine. You may have to push the clips into place a bit.



    Place the completed console assembly above the shifter, and ensure the boot is facing the right way, and that the shifter reverse lockout sleeve is facing correctly, with the lug portion to the left. Thread the shifter lever through the sleeve,



    When everything is lined up, snap the cover back down where it goes. Should be snug. Replace the spring, and wipe your hands again. Screw the knob back into place, BEING CAREFUL NOT TO CROSS THREAD IT. Tuck the slack in the boot into the console.




    TEST IT.

    Move the shifter through each position, including reverse, making sure everything works correctly. Then start the car and do the same. Take it for a short drive, making sure everything is ok, and the shift knob is tight enough.



    This is how I do my DIY's by the way, I've got several more up that I'll try to get time to post here over the next week or two, but I'm really busy right now at the other site, hence why I haven't been posting much here.
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    Wow, that's true. I'll donate a set of boots to the first Soul owner affected by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka that replies here.

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    Nice write up Red

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    Great write up! Can someone make this a Sticky?

    I just got the new sport shift knob but I think I'd like a new boot before I install it. I was really shocked when I realized how flimsy the factory boot is.
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    I agree with you that the vinyl boot that comes factory is quite cheap.

    Note that you don't have to pull out the big plastic console piece like Red Zman did. You can just pull out the plastic ring that the boot is stapled to. I have just popped this ring in and out a few times now without problem. You just put your fingers under it and pull it out.

    Here is my old thread from when I replaced my shift boot.

    I should have offered this to you when I sold you the shift knob, but I have lots of that automotive faux leather left over. If you'd like, I'd send you a piece big enough to make your own boot like I did for like $10. Otherwise, I think Red Zman is still selling the carbon fiber boots over on SH.

    If you can sew one 6" seam (either by hand or with a machine) it is very easy to DIY a shift boot using your own material. All you have to do is remove your factory boot, rip out the one seam, cut your new material in the same shape as the factory boot (trace and cut), and sew the one ~6" seam on the new material.

    Only slight issue I had was that my staple gun was not nearly strong enough to staple the new boot onto the plastic ring to fasten it the same way that the factory boot is fastened. I ended up just using some duct tape on the underside of the plastic ring to keep the boot in place while re-installing it. It worked out fine - once you snap the plastic ring back into the console, the duct tape or staples are pretty much irrelevant for holding everything in place.

    If you look at my old thread linked above, I also did red piping with my boot. The downsides with that was it made the sewing a lot more difficult (pushing the sewing needle through the plastic piping was a pain) and the piping has since developed one stress crack where it bends. It still looks great though. But even without any piping, upgrading the boot with better vinyl does make a big improvement in looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alkydrinker View Post
    I agree with you that the vinyl boot that comes factory is quite cheap.

    Note that you don't have to pull out the big plastic console piece like Red Zman did. You can just pull out the plastic ring that the boot is stapled to. I have just popped this ring in and out a few times now without problem. You just put your fingers under it and pull it out.

    Here is my old thread from when I replaced my shift boot.

    I should have offered this to you when I sold you the shift knob, but I have lots of that automotive faux leather left over. If you'd like, I'd send you a piece big enough to make your own boot like I did for like $10. Otherwise, I think Red Zman is still selling the carbon fiber boots over on SH.

    If you can sew one 6" seam (either by hand or with a machine) it is very easy to DIY a shift boot using your own material. All you have to do is remove your factory boot, rip out the one seam, cut your new material in the same shape as the factory boot (trace and cut), and sew the one ~6" seam on the new material.

    Only slight issue I had was that my staple gun was not nearly strong enough to staple the new boot onto the plastic ring to fasten it the same way that the factory boot is fastened. I ended up just using some duct tape on the underside of the plastic ring to keep the boot in place while re-installing it. It worked out fine - once you snap the plastic ring back into the console, the duct tape or staples are pretty much irrelevant for holding everything in place.

    If you look at my old thread linked above, I also did red piping with my boot. The downsides with that was it made the sewing a lot more difficult (pushing the sewing needle through the plastic piping was a pain) and the piping has since developed one stress crack where it bends. It still looks great though. But even without any piping, upgrading the boot with better vinyl does make a big improvement in looks.
    I was extremely surprised that the boot on my old cav. Z24 appeared better made than the one in my Soul, and I used to think that one was cheap! I can't believe that Kia cheaped out so much in what is other wise a really nicely made car.

    Yeah, I can sew and my husband has a stable gun so that would be great if you could send me some of your left over material. Will PM you later. Not interested in the piping, I'm fine with plain black, I just want something a little more durable and nice looking than the current one. I looked at Red Zman's carbon fiber boots but they're a little too flashy for my taste, my Soul is pretty much stock.
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    My wife makes them, Custom Vinyls is the vendor over on SoulHamsters.com

    Thanks for remembering!

    I do agree that it is easier to just pop the ring out, but for those that haven't ever done this at all, it may be easier if they can see what they are doing.

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    BTW, there are other colors, and she has non CF vinyl too. the CF vinyl seems to be the most popular though.

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    great post , if i have time , i wanna have a try , it may can save a lot of money,haha

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