we were asked by the Admin to put together a write-up documenting the process of upgrading the boots and armrest on the Mustang.
First of all - why do it? Here's why, a sample pic from another car:
And, more specifically, on our cars:
So, now that the "why bother" is out of the way, let's get to the "how-to".
If you are installing our boot on an AODE-equipped car: turn the car on to the pre-ignition stage (one click before starting the car.) Depress the brake pedal and move your shifter to first (low) gear. To remove the shift ****, use a 5/64 allen wrench and unscrew the screw that faces the dash. Make sure you unscrew it fully.
If your car is a manual, remove the shift **** by unscrewing it. Use vice-grips after wrapping the **** with a towel to protect it from scratching. Make sure you hold the shift lever underneath the shift **** with another wrench to protect it from turning, which may be harmful for the transmission. You want to twist off just the shift ****, not the whole shift lever.
Pull up on the **** until it comes loose. This will take some force but be careful not to break the wires that are connected to the overdrive. Once the **** if off you will need to cut the overdrive wires somewhere in the middle so you will be able to splice them back together later. Use a screwdriver wrapped in a cloth and gently pry off the shifter bezel beginning at the top.
Once the bezel is loose disconnect the cigarette lighter and place the bezel aside. Remove the existing boot by unscrewing the 6 nuts that hold it on. Install the new boot in it's place. You need to use a zip-tie make sure the top of the boot holds up against the shift lever. Flip the boot inside-out, slide it top-first onto the shifter and secure with a zip-tie. Then pull the boot down over the shifter. Doing that on an AUTO, make sure the OD wires are routed through the boot properly. Unless you are installing the ebrake boot, you are almost done - proceed to step #7.
To install the ebrake boot, first remove the two screws near the radio bezel that holds the center console on.Remove the two screws inside the center console compartment that hold the compartment to the console. They are covered with rubber limiters that the armrest lid rests on.
Remove the screws that attach the console to the floor visible after you removed the center console compartment lining (this should completely unattach the console from the floor).
Pull the e-brake up as far as possible, work the existing boot over the e-brake and remove the center console.
If you car is a 94-00, it did not come with a vinyl factory boot, all it has is a rubber dust guard. Remove the dust guard and install the boot instead of it. You can use the dust guard to hold the boot to the center console or remove it altogether. As for installing the e-brake boot, you might want to glue it to the center console. Use any epoxy-based glue (Automotive GOOPor a similar product) and take your time.
Reinstall the shifter bezel and shift **** at the very end.
The armrest cover is incredibly simple to install. Open the lid, unscrew the hinge to remove your armrest, pull the cover onto the armrest (it has a nifty flat elastic sewn into the edges so it will hold the armrest just fine by itself), reinstall the lid and ENJOY.
And now what we know why bother, how to do this, you probably want to know how much?
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