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How to: upgrade your 94-04 Mustang with new shift boots and armrest cover!
How to: upgrade your 94-04 Mustang with new shift boots and armrest cover!
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". 1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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).
6. 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.
7. Reinstall the shifter bezel and shift **** at the very end.
8. 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?
thos of you that either have, had or just drove an Acura TL might see that there's something iffy about this armrest cover:
Yes, there is. It has been padded - and the owner has some good things to say about this idea!
The armrest cover for the Acura TL turned out substantially better than I could have imagined. Mine is the medium gray color with charcoal accent stripes and matching stitching. I got mine with the 6/8" padding, which is more than ample. The comfort of this vs. the stock padding is amazing. The leather is top quality as well. The color very nicely complements the interior of my car (Quartz color from Acura). I would highly recommend getting one of these covers as a fantastic upgrade of the interior of this car. I had mine installed on the factory plastic pan of the armrest by a professional car upholsterer for $40 - it is worth every penny. RedlineGoods.com is a great company with great products. Maciek made the whole process very easy and is more than willing to answer any questions. I have done my shifter boot and emergency brake boot on my MR-2 as well and have been very pleased with those products as well.
Bob Frank of Westhampton, NJ
We offer padding as an option for majority of our armrests - just specify the height of padding on the order form. If you'd like it for your car, but our website won't let you order it, please email or PM me and we'll work with you to design a padded armrest for your car (and elbow!)
Meanwhile, here's the new 10% discount code: D7T016NJ5E7 - valid through Friday, February 19th!
RedlineGoods and TWM Performance are working together to bring you the most complete shifting solutions on the market. From short shifters, through shifter bushings, shift boots and shift *****, you can now purchase all these products conveniently via the RedlineGoods website.
Your shifter is the part of the car you interact with the most on a daily basis. Why settle for long throws and an awkward appearance? TWM Performance short shifters offer a far more precise and direct feel to enhance your overall driving experience more dramatically than any other performance part. You'll find yourself wondering how you ever drove with your stock shifter and every run through the gears will remind you that TWM short shifters rank among the very best performance mods for the money available anywhere!
Here's the new discount code: 7WPW02D478P - Valid through Friday, March 26th! This will give you 10% off on shift boots and other leather accessories from RedlineGoods.
While placing your order, please also paste this code: 203RJY in the comments field on the order form. You will receive a 5% discount on all TWM products purchased via RedlineGoods! This discount will be applied retroactively (after you place your order, we will send a partial refund the same way you will have paid for your order).
Have a great weekend,
PS. And if TWM doesn't offer a short shifter for your car, why not give them a call? If you let them use your ride as a guinea-pig, you'll get the shifter FREE.
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