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    Shift knob and boot removal?

    Hey guys

    Car is a '99 Passat 1.8t

    Was just wondering if there is any way to remove the shift boot and knob to replace them? And is there any place that sells OEM ones? My interior is beige and the boot is all torn and is losing it's color and the shift knob is gone.

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    I got my shift boot from redlinegoods.com- real leather as opposed to the pleather ours come with. They have instructions there on how to remove the boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctobio View Post
    I got my shift boot from redlinegoods.com- real leather as opposed to the pleather ours come with. They have instructions there on how to remove the boots.
    Thanks. I don't think mine is a short shifter though and not really sure if I want one. Anywhere to get the OEM one? Anywhere for a knob too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElliottG View Post
    Thanks. I don't think mine is a short shifter though and not really sure if I want one. Anywhere to get the OEM one? Anywhere for a knob too?
    Uh, the boots they make are for OE applications. If you have a short shifter, they can custom make one, but they default to standard.

    Instructions:
    http://www.redlinegoods.com/PassatB5install.shtm

    It'll run you about $50. Totally worth it. It is MUCH better than OEM.

    As for the knob, there's plenty of sources. The OE can be had at the dealer. There was also a VW Drivergear one that might be nice as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctobio View Post
    Uh, the boots they make are for OE applications. If you have a short shifter, they can custom make one, but they default to standard.

    Instructions:
    http://www.redlinegoods.com/PassatB5install.shtm

    It'll run you about $50. Totally worth it. It is MUCH better than OEM.

    As for the knob, there's plenty of sources. The OE can be had at the dealer. There was also a VW Drivergear one that might be nice as well.
    When you say they default to standard do you mean that they can make one for my long shift knob? Because mine isn't one of the short ones...here's a pic of the problem:


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    Yes, they can custom make to length.

    Is that shifter the OE length, or is it somehow extended? It looks weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctobio View Post
    Yes, they can custom make to length.

    Is that shifter the OE length, or is it somehow extended? It looks weird.
    No pretty sure it's OEM...the ones on Jetta's are like that

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    Maybe because the boot is so ratty, it makes me think it's longer than it really is. If it is OEM, then Redline Goods is the way to go. These things are handcrafted in Poland by what I think are Mr. Redline Goods' relatives, but don't let that turn you off. They deliver a top-notch product, and shipping time is reasonable considering. I got mine in about 10-14 days.

    Consider getting a charcoal boot. I did mine in charcoal with light gray stitching, and it looks pretty sweet with my light gray interior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctobio View Post
    Maybe because the boot is so ratty, it makes me think it's longer than it really is. If it is OEM, then Redline Goods is the way to go. These things are handcrafted in Poland by what I think are Mr. Redline Goods' relatives, but don't let that turn you off. They deliver a top-notch product, and shipping time is reasonable considering. I got mine in about 10-14 days.

    Consider getting a charcoal boot. I did mine in charcoal with light gray stitching, and it looks pretty sweet with my light gray interior.
    Thanks. Got any pics?

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    Here's mine:


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    Hmmm...don't know...:s but I'd like to get the one that was on my car originally.

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    Then buy one in light gray. Folks here have bought from them before. The light gray seems to match nicely.

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    Alright. Any ideas where to get a shift knob, though?

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    Dealer is one. Search around on this site- there's probably other sources as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctobio View Post
    Dealer is one. Search around on this site- there's probably other sources as well.
    Yea...the stealership will probably want $100 for a new knob.

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    Redline Goods shifter boot

    Hi,

    I highly recommend the shift boots offered by Redline. I just replaced my OEM shift boot yesterday afternoon with a Redline boot. I have the anthracite colored interior and the boot provided by Redline was a perfect match. My Passat is a 2004 so the boot and shift knob are held in place by a crimp clamp, which I was able to remove and reuse. Yours might be a screw on knob depending on the year. I was a little worried at first when I started to fit the new boot to the frame as it was so tight but the end result was perfect. I have also previously used the shift boot offered by WheelSkins but the quality is inferior to the Redline product line. You can try some of the online parts providers, 1stvwparts, tmtuning, ecs tuning, etc to purchase OEM shift knobs. Good luck.

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    If all you want is stock I think you can just go to 1st VW parts or any dealer and ask for a new boot and it will come with a knob. My 02 has one of the clamp on knobs, but i think yours screws on. Dealer will want about $70 for stock pleather or way over a hundred or maybe even 200 hundred, cant remember for real leather. I just got a stock boot and knob from 1st VW for 61.60 shipped. Took about a week.

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