Originally posted by n_koutelas: Questions: How long did it take to do that? Is it a lot of work? How much did it all cost you? Could I do that to my base model 98 Trep (currently has not leather boot)?
All you have to do it remove the screw on the front of the shifter. Pull the original off. Slip the new one over the metal rod. Screw the new one in. That's all. Don't have to worry about the button. That's automatically taken care of.
My 98 (no autostick) did not come with a leather boot. It was one of the first 98's made. When did they start adding the leather boot as standard equipment. 99?
Would it be possible to order the boot and install it on my 98 Trep, or do I have to also order the trim around the shifter too?
Yes you can get one (as I have ordered), but you do need the whole cover to the center console (including the ashtray and cigarette lighter). The opening for the leather one has to be bigger so the leather can move. Plus the fact that the plastic disk assembly is melted to that piece anyways.
Sure. The main reason I'm going with the leather boot is because it seems the previous owner spilled some coke or something on it and the plastic disks are sticking. I can't get them to stop no matter what I try.
artifex, do you have autostick or not? the autostick shifter in the 1st gen (see my pic if you need to reference) is identical to the 2nd gen, the only thing that's different is that the console that it's mounted on is different. if you could find the leather piece from a 2nd gen it probably wouldn't be that hard to rig the leather boot in place of the plastic things. if you don't have autostick i have no idea because i've never seen another 1st gen (sans autostick) except in pictures. if i can find a leather boot i plan to investigate this...