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Old 11-06-2008, 06:07 PM
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Let's Install Alcantara Tricolor ///M-stitch Boots

Start with the shift boot. To remove it, pull up by pinching the leather along the 2 longest sides. The boot is snapped into the console and it will come up when you pull.



Once the boot is unsnapped, reach in and disconnect the wire harness that powers the lighted shift knob.



Pull the shift knob straight up. Use 2 hands. Be careful not to hit yourself in the face when you do this, or hit your knuckles on the rear view mirror. Remember: do not twist the knob as you pull. It will unsnap from the selector rod.



If you are re-using your stock shift knob, you will need to cut it off of the stock boot and glue the exposed leather onto the rim of the shift knob. Use a good contact cement for this like 3M Wedgewood that you can buy at Lowes stores. Turn your aftermarket or replacement boot inside out. Feed the wire harness for your lighted knob (if you are using one) through the neck opening of your new boot. Slide your new boot onto the selector rod. Line up your knob and snap it onto the selector rod.



Connect the wire harness. Turn your boot right side out and snap the new boot onto the center console.



Then move on to the e-brake boot. To remove the stock boot, pull up at the back of the boot by pinching the leather with your fingers. No tools.



Turn the boot inside out over the e-brake handle.



Cut the factory tie wrap off at the neck of the boot and slide the boot off of the e-brake assembly. Turn your aftermarket boot inside out and slide it back onto the e-brake assembly. Re-install a new tie wrap and make sure you line it up to the groove in the brake handle. Take care to make sure you secure the entire neck of the new boot, all the way around the handle.



Turn the boot right side out. Snap it back into the console.



Good job. Remember to use genuine Alcantara and not Ultrasuede or a lower grade product. BMW always uses real Alcantara which is actually a very dark gray.

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Old 11-06-2008, 06:11 PM
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:32 AM
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Is there any plans of LeatherZ in offering Novillo leather shift/parking brake boots in M3 interior colors (Fox Red, Bamboo, Silverstone, Black)?
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:39 AM
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Is there any plans of LeatherZ in offering Novillo leather shift/parking brake boots in M3 interior colors (Fox Red, Bamboo, Silverstone, Black)?
Yes, we will get to that. These were the first ones a customer ordered and he wanted Alcantara. Sadly, BMW no longer sells OEM hides through dealer parts counters. So getting exact matches will be a challenge. What color are you after specifically?
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:59 AM
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Yes, we will get to that. These were the first ones a customer ordered and he wanted Alcantara. Sadly, BMW no longer sells OEM hides through dealer parts counters. So getting exact matches will be a challenge. What color are you after specifically?
Bamboo beige... both the shift and the parking brake boots. That and your ZHP 6-speed short shiftknob to complete the combo.

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Old 11-07-2008, 03:52 PM
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Yes, we will get to that. These were the first ones a customer ordered and he wanted Alcantara. Sadly, BMW no longer sells OEM hides through dealer parts counters. So getting exact matches will be a challenge. What color are you after specifically?

Hi actually i would love to have the shift boot and the e-brake boot in black leather with the ///M stitching.
Basically same as your pictures just in leather instead of Alcantara.
Let me know if this is possible.
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:54 AM
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Hi actually i would love to have the shift boot and the e-brake boot in black leather with the ///M stitching.
Basically same as your pictures just in leather instead of Alcantara.
Let me know if this is possible.
Thank you.
Anything is possible. I build boots all the time. See http://www.LeatherZ.com
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:25 PM
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Anything is possible. I build boots all the time. See http://www.LeatherZ.com
Ok so can you pm me a price?
I'm a buyer.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:14 PM
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Yes, we will get to that. These were the first ones a customer ordered and he wanted Alcantara. Sadly, BMW no longer sells OEM hides through dealer parts counters. So getting exact matches will be a challenge. What color are you after specifically?
JOn, nice job - but I too would like to see differnent matching interior colors. I'd either like the same black leather (stock) with just the M stitching added OR I'd like to see the Bamboo Novillo to match my M3 interior. Any chance you are going to be doing the Bamboo beige color?

Please PM me a price - I too am a buyer!!
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Yes, we will get to that. These were the first ones a customer ordered and he wanted Alcantara. Sadly, BMW no longer sells OEM hides through dealer parts counters. So getting exact matches will be a challenge. What color are you after specifically?
JOn, nice job - but I too would like to see differnent matching interior colors. I'd either like the same black leather (stock) with just the M stitching added OR I'd like to see the Bamboo Novillo to match my M3 interior. Any chance you are going to be doing the Bamboo color?
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Is there a way where you can make the shift knob a screw on?
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:23 AM
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Looks good!

A helpful tip is that it's often easier to get the knob off while it's in 2nd gear.

A friend of mine a few years ago knocked himself out cold trying to get it off, the previous owner had glued it on and when it finally gave it hit him square in the jaw
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:30 AM
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Anything is possible. I build boots all the time. See http://www.LeatherZ.com
The quality of your products is well documented, nice job.

One trick I learned on removing shift knobs was to put two screw drives on each side of the knob. One handle on the right side and one handle on the left side. Holding the handles and blades, use the shafts of the screw drivers under the lip of the knob and slowly pull up. Be careful because once it gives, it gives. If folks had videoed some of their removals they would be damn funny.
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