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New Style Shifter Boot & Rocknob Installation

Something different  ◆◇◇◇ Easy


Torn ShifterI had some problem shifting into the 2nd gear when cold. As I heard, the problem was in the shifter boot for the most people.  The old style shifter boot is the accordion type made from rubber that when compressed it gets pretty thick and gets sandwiched between the stick and the console causing the hard shifting into 2nd gear. The cold temperature caused it to become stiffer making the problem worse. The old shifter boot actually tore itself to allow the shifter to go into the gear.


The new style boots are used on  newer TJs.  It is made of synthetic leather so it seems less affected by the temperature.  Besides the problem was the accordion design that stacked itself to become thick between the stick and the console.  Getting rid of it will fix the most of the shifting problem.


So, I have been surfing on the net and found someone did this mod and decided to take up on it myself.  There was no write up on this but only a picture of the finished was available.  There isn't  much to write up but knowing some people are just intimidated just to get started, I just thought I'd present the information fpr them to judge if it is doable and for others who like to do it but don't know how.


Symptom It Fixed

Hard shifting into 2nd when cold.


Tools & Parts Needed

Socket and Ratchet

Flat Head Screw Driver

Shifter Boot (Part #: 5166489-AA)

Super Glue



Job Hours

1 hour





1. First remove the stock shifter knob.  You do this by prying out the shifter pattern round plastic piece with small flat head screw driver.  Once done you will see a nut holding the actual shifter knob. Remove it and rotate the shifter knob counter clock wise to remove from the shifter.


2. Remove the old shifter boot.  I broke mine but no worry. You can still use it.  However look at the picture and see if you can save yourself from breaking it when taking it out.





3.  When I broke mine, but I fixed it using electrical tape.






4.  This is what the shifter boot looks like compared to the old one.  Also notice the metal frame underneath. We need to cut it out.




5.  After the cut.  Shown left is the leather part.

On the right is the metal frame after the cut.





6. The plastic frame is glued to the shifter boot.






7.  Now put it back on the console.  I had to use the flat head screw driver to fit it into the console.





8. Now is a good time to install the new shifter knob.

You can see the thread adapter already installed on the right.  Just spin it on the stick.




9.  You are done!






If you have any questions or recommendations, please let me know!!



I tried my best to document as much as possible along with pictures.  I hope you find them useful. However, do use the information provided here "as-is".  DailyDrivenTJ.com or the author does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, or process disclosed.  Use the information at your own risk.


Written by Michael on 5.17.2006.

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