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Old September 1st, 2003, 12:56 PM   #1
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jasonh1234's : Shift Boot Conversion DIY

This is from V6accord.com, was informed by CrazyHorse we need to back up information from V6accord.com as they can't transfer them back to here.

This DIY was done by Jasonh1234, he is the originator, and gets full credit for this DIY.
I used his instructions to do mine.
Any questions, if Jasonh doesn't answer it, Im willing to help.

here it goes.

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How I Installed My Momo Shift Boot

You may accidently ruin your leather boot or break something on your car while attempting this. If you do. Don't blame me. I'm just showing you how I did mine.

Attempt at your own risk!

I wanted a boot that sunk in off of the edges and then came back up onto the stick. I also want the shift base ring to remain exposed as I wanted my aftermarket chrome ring to be visible.

I'm happy with the results even though I made some mistakes due to the trial and error method I used.

This is my boot.
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Step 1.

* Remove your shift knob. (2 screws)
* Remove your shift base ring. (4 tabs, pulled straight up)
* Remove your center console trim with cupholders. (6 tabs, pulled straight up)


Step 2.

* Secure the shift base ring to the console trim so you can work with it.
I taped mine because I wasn't to sure about what I was doing, but you could glue it down permanently. If you glue it down be aware that it could cause problems with putting everything back to stock should the need arise.

Here is the ring secured to the trim. (Note that mine was painted "chrome" earlier and I wasn't happy with the results.)
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View from the underside showing the 4 unused posts on the center console (brown) that are used to screw in the OEM boot. Also visible are the 4 tabs that are used to secure the shift ring to the shift base. (silver)
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Step 3.

* Momo's shift boots are elasticized at the bottom. Cut holes in the corners of the boot and stretch the elasticized edge so that the holes fit over these OEM attachment points.
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This works pretty nicely but leaves a gap. (as seen below)
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Step 4.

* Unscrew a screw from the cupholder and screw it through the boot.
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This Works like a charm. BUT... I wanted the boot edges to sink in and then come up at the shift knob. The whole boot is a little to tall right now so I had some extra leather to play with.
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So I formed the shape that I wanted as seen below. Obviously the shift base will need to be removed to accomadate this shape.
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Here it is looking exactly how I wanted it to.
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BUT... The original shift base tabs are kinda in the way. I didn't want to cut them off, just in case I need them on there later so I opted to cut holes through the leather so they could slip through and be invisible.

In theory you could cut the tabs right off since they won't be used for anything in a bit. (If you do, you'll need to glue the shift ring to the trim though.)
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Step 5.

I carefully used an exacto blade to cut the leather where the tabs
needed to poke through. Bear in mind before cutting that what looks like the right position for the hole to be, will seem to "move" when the leather is pulled into the final position. So cut a little short (to the edge) of where it "looks" like the cut should be.
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Here is the shift base that you'll need to take out to accomadate the boot as I have it.

To remove it you have to undo the 2 screws visible at the bottom of the picture. The base is held in place by plastic clips. It's very awkward to remove without taking apart the entire center console apart but it can be done. The plastic (tan) that surrounds it is quite flexible, so you shouldn't be to worried about breaking something by pulling/stretching it to remove the base. Worked for me.
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Step 6.

Ok here I tried a bunch of other stuff that ended up not working out right so I'll leave all that crap out. So now would be the time re-aseemble.

* Remove the base ring.
* Remove the tape you used to hold it together while you worked.
* Attach the base ring. (Yes, it is loose and not attached to anything.)
* Ensure the leather is shaped exactly how you want it.
* Attach the center trim with the boot and base ring.
* Attach aftermarket chrome base ring cover if applicable.
* Attach shift knob

You're done.

This is how mine is currently.

Now some things I want to add...

If you glue the base ring to the trim, and epoxy the leather to the underside of the base ring, the whole thing will be a lot sturdier
BUT... It's honestly not neccesary. I've had "0" problems with mine.
Nothing has shaken loose despite it's seemingly rickety construction.
I get no vibration noises or any other undesirable effects with this setup and I could convert it back to stock in about 30 min or less.

Here it is finished. Pretty slick looking huh?
I get a lot of compliments on it.
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i did this and didnt remove the cupholder and it looks the exact same
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i did this and didnt remove the cupholder and it looks the exact same
You have to remove the whole transmission+cup holder panel in order to get in contact and set up a boot.

If you are talking about not removing your cup holder when the whole panel is off, you are correct.

You don't have to, but it does make the job much eaiser to do it.

At least I haven't worked out for awhile when I did this, so I didn't enjoy holding the whole weight of the panel with cup holder.
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Is there a better way to have a shift boot without covering the gear indicator?
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Is there a better way to have a shift boot without covering the gear indicator?
Negative on that one.

You have to cover the gear indicator. Personally, I don't see the point of having shift boot anyway without covering the gear indicator.

If you want to have one of those high-end sports cars and some domestic cars' style of boot setup, where shift boot just covers the shifter and gear indicator still showing, You will have to modify the whole gear indicator in order to make it fit, because space between them in our accord is too small.
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Originally posted by MidnightAccord on September 14th, 2003 at 08:57 PM

i did this and didnt remove the cupholder and it looks the exact same
hey did u do this mod yourself? If so...maybe you can help me when i get my shift boot.
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i dont know if it will be the same for the 7th gens, never seen one on the inside, mine took me like 5-10 mins, for pics of mine look in sig
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I really like the wood grain shifter with the boot. That is very impressive.
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Great DIY

I just don't like how the boot covers the shift indicator part.

And that dark wood trim goes very well with the tan interior .



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hello, i noticed in your pics. that you have a canadian accord? i am a 6th gen. accord owner and noticed that only the canadian accords have the heated seats option on your v6's. well, i am planning to install a pair of heated seats in my 98' accord 4cyl. my problem is finding part numbers. you see, in the states they do not have any way of getting part no. from out side the americas and i was wondering, at you convienence of course, if you can find me the part numbers i need to complete my conversion.. or a parts department phone no. at your local honda parts dept. in canada. my e-mail is [email protected].. thank you and for those who can help a fellow 6th gen. accord owner. thanx again.. user: tasoulinh
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I really like what you have done. I am curious if you or anybody checked on replacing the auto shifter with the gated version from a 3.2 CL? I am constantly bumping up into neutral thinking I'm still in 3rd. Does anyone have a cure for that? Other that brains?
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I really like what you have done. I am curious if you or anybody checked on replacing the auto shifter with the gated version from a 3.2 CL? I am constantly bumping up into neutral thinking I'm still in 3rd. Does anyone have a cure for that? Other that brains?
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finally someone asked this.

well, I dunno how, but I know for a fact because my friend owns a hyundai V6 tiburon auto which comes with sportshift, that those are possible to do.

In fact, almost easy as ours without sportshift option.

Gated version maybe be slightly different..

my advice is that you try to take out the shifter trim, see what it looks like under there.
If you see any space to put on shift boot between the shifter and the trim, you are good to go, you'll be first DIY for gated version.

otherwise, research on CL forum would help, or wait until more expert advice comes.

Good luck.
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Thanks for the suggestions!
If I figure it out will definitely post it.
About your shift knob; I have not had any luck locating one. the
only source I can find that lists it says they are sold out.
(gotogiga.com).

Thanks again for the detailed install of a really class upgrade!
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what did everyone do to the red electrical lines that supplies the power for the indicators?
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