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E-Brake boot upgrade

This is a discussion on E-Brake boot upgrade within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; So recently I put a boot on my A4 shifter. So i went back to the junk yard to look ...

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    E-Brake boot upgrade

    So recently I put a boot on my A4 shifter. So i went back to the junk yard to look for a new shifter boot. I found one from a 98 grand am but I noticed the E brake boot. It's matching color and it looks big enough to fit on our cars. Since I have plenty of time to mess around i pulled out and headed home.

    After removing the whole center console I noticed that the OEM rubber piece is held by plastic tabs from the console itself. Some of the tabs you can just pull the rubber piece off but the others have a metal strip on them. I used a hair dryer (thanks wife!) to warm the plastic tab. Using pyers I started to squeeze the plastic to make as thin as possible to clear the metal piece.



    I slowly started to pull the aluminum piece out. I used a small screw driver to open the metal openings more. The objective is to not break the plastic tabs.

    I broke one.

    Next I removed the plastic trimming that comes with the boot. I pulled the staples out.



    This was the most difficult part. I grabbed the boot and put it the rubber piece at the bottom so I can wrap the boot on it. I made sure the boot orientation is correct in reference to the rubber piece. I started at one end and using a knife i made a cut thru the vinyl and the rubber piece. I put a flat screwdriver and rechecked the position of the boot and made my next cut. I made sure that I get as minimal of the boot overlapping, that way the cuts will be covered.

    I put the boot in the console and used the cuts to secure it thru the plastic tabs. After I got that i put the rubber piece back thru the tabs also. I then used the hair dryer to soften the plastic. Using the end of the screwdriver I flaten the tabs that had the metal piece. I didn't saw the need to put the metal piece back but it can be added.


    I checked and made sure that I was satisfied with the way it looked. I put dish washing soap on the E-brake handle to make slide back easily and to not pull on the rubber piece. Once it was in I adjusted the boot so the Ebrake can go all the way down. I put the rest of the console back and I was done.

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    Last edited by JayTA98; 03-07-2011 at 12:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    damn son....gettin both done
    lol I know i'm in a boot roll! I guess I'm done with boots for now. How do you like it?
    Last edited by JayTA98; 03-08-2011 at 07:59 AM.

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    I like it!

    In fact, Pontiac should of have done that to all the e-brakes when they made the cars.

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    i think itd go well in a TA, but i just dont think itd look right in a camaro.....just me

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    im doing both of these mods also thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    Nice! That's a great looking interior you have, I saw your pics in the other thread. It's unique, but still classy.
    Thank you.

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