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Before placing an order for the shift boot, one may be interested to know there exists a few variants of VW OEM shift boot that he can choose from. It's a matter of individual style preference, not so much of fitment choice :-
* The 20th Anniversary shift boot has a brushed aluminium shift frame (or commonly known as ring ) and red-stitched black leather boot;
* The R32 shift boot also has a brushed aluminium ring, and a white stiched black leather boot. (I believe you can opt for black-stitched one as well)
* The Original Sports edition shift boot, has a chrome ring, with black-stitched black leather boot.

I chose the chrome variant one, not exactly because I love chrome trimming, but because the brushed aluminium style will be a mis-match to my current interior trimming.
STEP by STEP
1. Remove the gasket if you have not done. Follow the link for a reference of step-by-step on gasket removal how-to.

2. If you have just removed your gasket, and have not put back the shift console, take the opportunity to remove the shift guider as indicated by the red arrow. If you manage to remove the guider, then you may skip step 6.
Next, focus on the shift boot.

3. Flip the boot, so that you see the bottom of the shift knob, with the ring bracket that holds the leather to the knob. Slip out the metal ring fastener.



4. With the help of a plier and exerting abit of force, pull out the ring bracket. The shift knob is now freed from the leather boot, and I can then proceed with putting my aftermarket knob to this leather boot.
Note Step 4 is unnecessary, if you prefer to cut off the leather boot around the edge of the shift knob. That is definitely the quickest and easiest way to remove the knob away from the boot, but I prefer to remove with minimal damage.


5. Slip the shift knob chrome ring and Momo's bottom chrome cap back into the boot, as shown. I used some adhesive tape to secure the ring to the boot, and as the chrome cap is "dropped" into the ring, I also used a strong adhesive tape to ensure it doesn't slip off from the ring easily.
Now, the next step is necessary if you choose not to remove the shift guide, just as I have not. If you have done, as per step 1, then skip step 6, and go straight to step 7.


The diagram shows the underside of the shift boot frame. There are clips on each side of the frame, in order to clip onto the shift console firmly. Notice that at the rear side of the shift boot, there are 3 tabs, at the position indicated by the red arrows above. These tabs are meant to secure the shift boot to the frame. These tabs interfere with the shift guide, and prevents the frame from inserted completely into the shift console properly.

6. Use a cutter, and cut these tabs off from the shift frame. The picture above shows the trimed shift frame without the tabs. The cutting is pretty easy since the tabs are made of plastic. Cutting of the tabs does not compromise the fitment of the shift boot to the console. Neither does it result in loose leather boot on the frame. So cut it with a piece of mind!
If you have not cut the tabs as per described in step 6, and you have not removed the shift guider, you will find that your shift boot pops out alittle at the rear.
With the shift knob removed,


7. Slot the shift boot over the shift shaft, and slide in the shift frame forward, and under the shift console. Insert the frame completely by pushing it down into the console.
You may find difficulty in securing the frame properly into the console, as the frame might be still popping out alittle. Here's some tricks and tips for your reference.
* Push the two sides (left & right) of the frame inwards so that that clips go underneath the console.
* Push the rear side of the frame inwards so that the clips go underneath the console, and then pull it outwards so that the frame shifts back, allowing the bottom of the frame to have clearance off from the shift guide.

8. Put back the shift knob, tighten the allen nuts, and pull up the shift boot so that the chrome cap can be secured with the shift knob, as shown.

Here's how the knob + shift boot looks like, on my auto-trans car.






Modified by Jenkins at 11:11 PM 12-23-2003
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (Jenkins)

can you use any OEM shift knob? so instead of pushing the shift button in, you just push the knob down? hows it working out for you?
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (klee)

you can use any OEM shift knob, so long they allows you to press the shift rod in order to unlock the gear.
the momo knob used here, basically is meant for auto car w/o overdrive function. by pressing the button (the chrome piece at the top of the knob), it will unlock the gear.
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (Jenkins)

those are the rustiest pliers i have ever seen..

oh, nice write up.. i wanna do it! any good instructions on how to remove the auto chrome plate? i know how to get off the auto shifter.
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (Jenkins)

Creative!! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I wish there was a bigger choice of replacement knobs for the automatics.
A couple of unrelated questions:
1. It seems you have Blaupunkt Hamburg. Judging from the pictures, it appears to be mounted flush with console. How did you do it? Or it just seems so?

2. You have some carbon-fiber ashtray cover? Never saw this variety!
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (turborave)

LOL
to remove the auto chrome plate, the best is to remove while you remove the shift console. The latter step is required in order for you to remove the gasket, or the rubber trimming around the chrome plate.
how to remove shift console & gasket http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=1150349
for some reasons, you just want to remove the chrome plate, then it's pretty straight forward, http://www.zenyee.com/home/mod...id=10
but ... the chrome plate or shift gate is clipped onto the trans differently for 4-speed auto trans as compared to 5-speed tip. My steps are specifically for auto trans.
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (gorilla800lbs)

ya, I agree with you, if there are more choices of aftermarket shift knob for auto-trans. On the otherhand, I observed that if one can fabricate an spring-loaded adapter, then one can secure any manual knob onto that adapter, since to unlock the gear, it's just depressing the shift rod.
as for your questions, here's the answer.
1. It's not entire flushed, the picture might be alittle misleading. I can't find an picture offhand that describe the fitment, but hopefully the following picture give you some idea, that the HU does protude out alittle.

btw, I have hiedelburg, not hambug.
2. the interior trim is VW OEM, can't recall the official name of the trim/style, but it's bronze in color, with some fish-net print on it.
 

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Re: (yoonskim)

Quote, originally posted by yoonskim »
any write ups for Tip tronic trans ???

tip trons should be the same, except the way to take out the stock shift knob might be slightly different (due to the tip shift). Also, you need an tip shift adapter for it to work. Otherwise, the step to remove the shift console, gasket, etc should be the same.
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (boeing727)

part number for shift boot is from this picture

the above is the p/n for OEM sports edition shift boot, if you want R32 or 20AE one, then it's a different p/n.
for momo, there's only one knob that's compatible for auto car (don't think it's workable for tip),
momo automatico

automatico aluminium
 

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Re: How to - Replace auto shift gate with OEM Shift boot (Jenkins)

any idea if this will work with the tiptronics????
i already have after market momo sphere shift knob would be a cool addition
 

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I believe you can, only thing you have to take note is your shift gate cannot be taken out w/o removing the shift console (based on the info from one of the vwvortexer), but in anycase, you need to take out the shift console so that you can remove the gasket, etc, so this shouldn't be an issue to you
 
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