Racing Shifter Cover Instructions
Tools you will need:
1. Remove any old cover that might be on the car and shift knob.
2. Because the OEM knob is made out of some kind of plastic, over time this will deform (shrink) and the top cap will be hard to install with a new cover. If you are installing this cover with the top cap, you will need to make sure you have enough space for the new shifter cover leather. This will normally require carefully cutting away some of your shift knob. Carefully trim away some of the inside where the top cap fit. This will make a larger space between the cap and the knob, so the new leather will have enough room to fit.
3. Slide the shift knob into the top of the cover and down into place.
4. Now trim the top of the leather cover. Remember it’s easier to cut more later, and impossible to add more leather. You will want to trim the top of the cover so the leather can fold down, into the hole on the top. Ideally the leather should be trimmed so it doesn’t touch the bottom of the hole in the middle. This can be a little tricky, and if you cut just a little bit too much, try pulling the leather up a little, it will normally give you a little more to work with.
4. There are several ways to get the top cap in place. First, try pushing the top cap on with some of the leather in the hole. This will give you a good idea if you cut away enough of the shift knob for it to fit right. If it’s super hard and doesn’t seem like it’s going to fit, then it probably won’t. Try cutting away a little more of the shift knob for an easier fit. The top cap should fit snug, but not be super hard.
5. One way to install the top cap is by simply pushing the leather under the cap and pushing the cap on. Seems easy but can be very hard. I find it easiest to hold the top cap where it belongs and carefully lift up on one side and push the leather under it. I will work around the top of the knob until all the leather is under the top cap, and then push the top cap down in place. I find the easiest way to push the leather under the top cap is with something thin and plastic. Thin metal objects can scratch and cut the leather.
Another way to install the top cap is my hand sewing the leather in the center. This way the sewing will hold all the leather where it needs to be, and you can place the top cap in the center and press it down. This can be a little hard since you will have to break the threads by pushing the top cap down.
6. Now you can install the shift knob in the car. Flip up the leather cover to see the bottom of the shift knob, and slide it onto the shifter, and install the clip.
7. Flip the cover back down and onto the metal ring. You can either pull the drawstring clasp tight, or you can take the drawstring clasp off the rope and tie the rope in a knot. Choice is yours.
Here is another way to install the shifter cover. For those that have the top cap glued into the shift knob.
Take the shifter cover and cut the top off where the red arrows are in the picture below
Then you should have something like this.
You can either leave the cover exactly like this, or tie something around it, about 1 1/2 inches down (like a tip tie) and then fold the leather over to cover it.