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8/24/2014 - 8/25/2014

Stick Boots

I originally figured I'd just find an aftermarket or replacement gear shift boot (or "gaiter", as they're called in England), but I found that manufacturers don't publish dimensions. They just say it's for an '84 Corolla or a '95 Audi, which I suppose works if you happen to have one of those cars in your driveway, but of course, I don't. The "universal" boots all look terrible (in my opinion), and I think most gear shift levers are 5/8-inch in diameter (max), and my control sticks are 1 inch in diameter, so I don't think they'd work, anyway.

So, I decided I'd try making my own. I found some vinyl at a fabric store, made a pattern
out of paper, and borrowed my wife's sewing machine. Here's how they came out.

Since I'm a terrible seamstress, none of the actual seams are visible when installed.
The top of the boots are fastened to the stick with tie wraps, then folded down.

The bottom of the boots are fastened to the floor with heavy duty snaps, and folded up.

All in all, I'd say they came out pretty well!

Total Time: 4.5 hrs.