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All right. This is a fairly simple mod. However, I accept no responsibility if you break something. That being said, here we go. Note. I took pics halfway through the mod. That is why my original boot is trashed.
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First off you will need the following:
-A3 Shift knob and boot-thanks again OEMPL.US
-trim removal tool/ credit card
-Hot glue gun/ other bonding agent
-Something to remove staples. I used a small nail and pliers.
1.Turn car to on position, set hand brake, and shift to drive. DO NOT START CAR!!!
2.Using the trim tool, carefully pry up the shifter trim.

3.Unplug the shifter trim connecter. "Pic borrowed"

4. If you have a 2007 or up you knob should be like mine. However you may have the older style. They look identical, but are in fact not. My knob button has two Positions.
In(normal)

Out(ready for removal)

If you have my style all you need to do is pull the button out until you hear/feel a click. If it stays in the out position then it is unlocked and ready for removal. If you don't have this style, then I believe that you must wrap a rubber band around the button to keep it from going back in.
Older style

5.Pull the whole assembly off!!! Just pull straight up and it will come off.
6.There is a piece of plastic about 2 in. tall that you must keep. It will either be on the shift knob that you just pulled off, or still on the shift column.(sorry for the blurry pic.)

7. Now the fun part-Remove staples!!! You have to do this because of the different shapes that the boots come in. This is what they look like with the material removed. VW left, Audi Right.

NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU FACE THE VW RING WITH THE INDENTS TO THE LEFT. THE RING IS WIDER ON ONE END

8.Now that the leather is removed for the ring, it is time to attach it to the VW ring. I used a hot glue gun to stick it on. You may use whatever you feel is necessary. Once you have it glued on, feel free to trim the leather that is covering the clips on the ring.(not pictured)

9.Now you are ready for assembly. snap the boot and knob together, and snap that piece of plastic I told you to keep onto the knob. Snap the boot onto the shifter trim. Line the knob up and press it onto the shifter assembly. You will know when it is on there. Plug the electrical connector back into the trim. Press the trim back into position. Finally, Remove the clip that is holding the button out.
Sit back and enjoy your new, more comfortable shifter.




Modified by akdakota at 5:48 PM 1-3-2008
 

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Re: (OEMpl.us)

good job, something new http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
i may hack into mine and get my edition 30 dsg knob on their.
Quote, originally posted by OEMpl.us »
Nice! Send my trim tool back.

 

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Quote, originally posted by zonehawk »
good job, something new http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
i may hack into mine and get my edition 30 dsg knob on their.
You should be able to figure something out for the GTI knobs.


Modified by akdakota at 12:02 PM 1-4-2008
 

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Quote, originally posted by OEMpl.us »
Nice! Send my trim tool back.
Held for Ransom. You get it when I get GTI side skirts
 

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Re: (dt83aw)

HI ENRGZR
Hi have follow you thread, and i´ve done it in my car, I pulled out the arness, set the button to out position, but the shifter did not come out and i pulled really really hard, is that normal ? or should be lose ?
 

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I had the same problem when I did my euro cupholder. Damn thing would not come out. I was able to get the cup holder in without taking the shift knob off, but I would like to do the A3 shifter.
 

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Quote, originally posted by Ricardobora »
HI ENRGZR
Hi have follow you thread, and i´ve done it in my car, I pulled out the arness, set the button to out position, but the shifter did not come out and i pulled really really hard, is that normal ? or should be lose ?

Yea, he forgot to mention that black sleeve piece has to be slid up before you can get the knob off...
Also, make sure when putting the new knob on that it is really down all the way before pulling that yellow tab out of the button...
 

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I will give you the part number... if someone will tell me how to get the knob off of the shifter... No matter how hard I try I can't pull it off lol...




"S-tronic" shift knob (no boot):
8X1 713 141 SKH plain leather
8X1 713 141 QBZ punched leather
 
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