Shift boot or shift knob replacement-mk4 vw

May 6, 2014
Shift boot or shift knob replacement-mk4 vw
  • Shift boot or shift knob replacement

    The stock vinyl shifter boot wears out with use. The vinyl VW replacement is expensive and a shift boot isn't a very complicated item so I prefer aftermarket replacements. This article shows how to remove the shifter boot or shift knob and replace.


    Introduction

    I used a replacement made out of novasuede/alcantara suede-like material from redline goods. The camera flash makes the suede appear lighter in color than it really is. They do color stitching, piping, patterns, and have a variety of colors/materials to choose from. If you have any questions or need more help on replacing the shifter boot, please ask at the TDI discussion forums.

    Parts
    crimp
    pry
    1 shift boot, see below for more details

    If you wish to add a short shifter kit to your VW, see dieselgeek.com's short shifter page . Here's an installation on a newer car (similar but different part)

    Procedures
    The shifter boot bottom is held with a built in elastic. You can either slide the front edge out or pull up the surround. Flip the boot up and remove the crimp to release the shift knob. I prefer to pry the crimp wider with a screwdriver so I can reuse it.
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    Pull the assembly off. Here it is flipped inside-out with the crimp and black ring visible.
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    Carefully pry the black plastic ring off to release the boot.
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    Installation is the reverse of removal. Use pliers to recrimp the crimp. If it's damaged then use a small worm drive hose clamp to secure the boot or any other clamp.
    I also purchased a suede armrest cover. It's a tight fit held with elastic and just slips over the armrest.
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