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Gear Shifter Leather Boot to Carpet Mod

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by SeattleCoug, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Jul 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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    SeattleCoug

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    Leather Boot Replacement with Black Carpet


    GOT THIS NEAT IDEA FROM HIGHERLUX
    What it (roughly) looked like before:
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    What it looks like after:
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    THE MOD


    You're gonna need: your black carpet, a sharpie, razor, a staple gun, a set of pliers, a set of needle nosed pliers, a measuring tape (and/or ruler), as well as some sort of good scissors that can cut carpet easily.
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    FIRST cut away the leather boot that attaches to the metal rectangle guide for the plastic trim.

    Here are the dimensions of my template I used (it's not pictured in the phases of this project) just FYI:
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    1.) You're gonna need to make an initial carpet cut out, taking the length of the sides into account (roughly 6cm):
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    2.) Next figure out the dimensions of the rubber boots after you have lifted the bottom up! It's smaller underneath the bottom lip of the boots:
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    3.) Center your template and mark where the shifters will sit:
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    4.) You will then cut the corners by using the metal rectangle as your guide.
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    5.) When you start stapling the carpet to the metal rectangle, try and use up as little carpet as possible so you will have more room to work with when you go to put your rubber boots through your 2 holes.

    BEFORE THIS STEP- I would strongly suggest making sure your holes are the perfect fit for the boots before you start stapling

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    6.) When stapling the sides, try and work your way from the outside inward:
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    7.) Start on your 1 side and then work your way around until they are all getting stapled down:
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    8.) Half way done/in progress stapling:
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    9.) All 4 sides stapled:
    TOP
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    BOTTOM
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    10.) When inserting into your plastic trim, use your sharpie and mark where the metal rectangle is supposed to clip into the plastic trim:
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    11.) Use your razor and shave off a piece of that portion of your carpet so the metal rings can grab the plastic teeth on your trim piece to attach back up there-- do this for all 4 corners and it should fit (quoting Ace Ventura) "mmm like a glove":
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    12.) The final fitting:
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    The Finished Product​

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    I haven't made many DIY threads but I thought this mod looked too good NOT to share it with this forum! If you have any questions about this mod then don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2013
  2. Jul 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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    JMaberry

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    Looks great, I like it! I've never been a big fan of the stock leather shifter boot.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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    SeattleCoug

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    Thanks! Yeah I was never a fan of that leather boot, all it did was get grungy over time, this looks better IMO and you can store all the same crap down there that you normally would with the leather boot
     
  4. Jul 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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    looks alot better than mine does, good job dude :thumbsup:
     
  5. Jul 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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    That turned out great, you could also use neoprene to set it apart from the rest of the carpet.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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    SeattleCoug

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    Thanks! You're the brains of this mod.

    Very true, it's a pretty easy mod, just very time consuming especially with the stapling. If you choose to try with neoprene be sure and post a few pictures here so we can see!
     
  7. Jul 16, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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    Good Job Bro
     
  8. Jul 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM
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    Subb'd may have to do this with my 4x4 shifter it looks good, and where did you get the new shifter covers?
     
  9. Jul 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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    Are you talking about the rubber boots at the bottom of the 5-speed shifter & 4wd shifter?
    If so, they're currently underneath your leather shifter boots
     
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    That looks awesome!
     
  11. Sep 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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    An update I didn't think of: Those with the 4wd button on your 2nd shifter... you might have to figure something out with the wire that runs down that shifter from the "4wd" button. Just an issue my Dad ran into when considering this mod for his 2002 Tacoma.


    Thanks, looks so much better than the leather boot
     
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  12. Feb 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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    Bump! Just found this thread. I'm gonna try it with neoprene tomorrow if I can find the fabric. I'll post pics if it turns out halfway decent :D
     
  13. Feb 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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    Totally just did this, love it. reminds me of my 94 p/u
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  14. Jun 24, 2014 at 7:18 AM
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    I think once I get my new black interior carpet installed I'm going to end up doing this mid.
    Great write up and definitly plan on doing this.
     
  15. Jun 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM
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    Did you end up doing it?

    Turned out awesome! :thumbsup:

    Thanks, so much better than the leather look! Try and post some pics when you do it, I always like seeing other people when they do it
     
  16. Jun 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM
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    I like this! Adding it to the list.... You have a build thread for your new truck?
     
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