Save Your Shifter Boot!
OK, so you are wearing holes in your nice leather shifter
boot in your SRT-4. What? You have a stock shifter, and it's
not a problem? Au contraire! Look at this picture here:
Believe it or not, my stock shifter caused this little hole.
I just happened to have it all apart to replace my stock shifter
with a Maddog 72% STS, and saw it. No doubt, left untreated,
this hole would have gotten worse with the stock shifter. With
the Maddog, it would have ripped in no time.
The "cross-gate" arm is what was rubbing on the boot.
With the STS, this arm is raised, and will push against the boot
even worse than the stock shifter. As a result, more wear will
Is there a solution? Is htere a cure? Is there any hope at
all?? Why, of course there is :) How much will it cost? The
Well, it should cost you a grand total of $0.00 during your next
oil change. Yes, sir. This is the solution to your shifter and
boot incompatibilities. It's arts & crafts time, kids!
OK, so onto it. First, cut the bottle roughly in half, like
Be sure to clean out the remaining oil at this time, or you
will have a mess!
Next, cut the top out of it, so it will fit down over the
top of the shifter:
Now that you have done this, it will slide over the top of
the shifter assembly. Now, look to see where it needs to be trimmed
to fit nicely. Hopefully you have mastered the art of scissors
and razor knives better than I have! When you are done, you will
have something that looks roughly like these following pics:
You will notice that one side curves down, and sticks out. This
is to fit as a guard all the was around the cross-gate arm. When
you install it, you will see and understand.
OK, now slide it down over the shifter. You may need to trim
to get what was the bottom of the bottle to sit on the shifter
nicely. Once in place, use a couple of nylon zip ties to hold
it in place, and it's pretty much done! Run the shifter through
the gears to make sure it does not interfere.
Put your console back together, and this mod is done.
If this took you more than 30 minutes from start to finish,
you are either more particular than I am, or you need some special
help :) Hope this helps!