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Want to replace shifter with a boot


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I tore out that hokey sliding steel tape from my shifter long ago. It was shot anyway- all torn up and not too pretty!

Now the empty slot is bothering me...I would like to fill in the space with a shifter boot. My previous car, a 1994 Bonneville SSEi (an exciting car!) had a small boot around the base of the shifter, an I believe it would fit the STS if I could get ahold of one.

I guess a junk yard would be my best bet.

I'll post it up if this little mod. is successful!

" ...'took my Cobra down t' the track, hitched to the back o' my Cadillac..."

- Jan & Dean, 'hey little cobra'

Scott

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After your modification, be sure the shifter is able to engage all gear positions without binding on the boot. Believe it or not, there is a good deal of development that takes place in designing the boot for the specific application. I used to work for the company that made most of GM's automatic, console mounted shifters.

You will most likely need to change the knob as well as the shifters with boots had a boot retaining groove in the knob. Different knobs have different amounts of "travel" in the button mechanism that activated the park lock assembly in the shifter.

There was a console redesign for the '96 model year and that change eliminated the self coiling slider strip on the PRNDL indicator but that design is not retrofittable to the '92-'95 models as the PRNDL bezle is totally different.

Kevin
'93 Fleetwood Brougham
'05 Deville
'04 Deville
2013 Silverado Z71

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Given the ratty condition of my own sliding steel tape (black paint chipping off) I would be interested to hear from anyone who has modified or repaired this piece so that it looks like it was meant to.

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scott,

i haven't done it yet, but i am looking at stripping all the black, chipped paint off and cleaning up the metal. started it on a small section and it looks aight.

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Did the same thing. Actually if you pull the part out which holds the shifter tape, you can pull some off of the roll itself. There's plenty on there. I did that the first time but it only lasted a while which is my fault for having a small bubble in the tape when I replaced it. It kept getting rubbed off when I shifted into D or 3, so konw it's an eyesore. I rubbed it off with some solvent and I kinda like the silver look to it, although if I do come across one that has the complete tape on it still I would replace it, but until that time it's fine the way it is.

1994 STS Pearl White 260,000 KM (163,000 miles)

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Given the ratty condition of my own sliding steel tape (black paint chipping off) I would be interested to hear from anyone who has modified or repaired this piece so that it looks like it was meant to.

IU seem to recall that Logan fixed his indicator on his '93 Seville using a black tape from Ace Hardware. I don't think it was electrical tape, it was a black decroative tape.

I wish I would have kept all of my samples from the supplier when that product was launched....!

Kevin
'93 Fleetwood Brougham
'05 Deville
'04 Deville
2013 Silverado Z71

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