As the NE temps begin to drop the OE shift boot is getting stiffer and a bit annoying. Purchased a Stronghold shift boot before the holidays and got to install it yesterday. It's okay. Made from heavy grade marine vinyl, hand sewn to order. $29. The fit is almost great. Very snug around the shifter trim ring and installs pretty well. The collar around the shifter (B&M Sport Short Shifter in my case) could be a little tighter. My install needs to be adjusted to give a little more slack at the front passenger corner because the boot is very tight when shifting into first. All other gears are fine. I can see this collecting a ton of dust with top down.
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I started the process of repairing the middle body mount areas on the tub/torque box, or so I thought. Nothing is ever easy or goes as planned with our beloved machines as you all well know so I was expecting set backs and I wasn't disappointed.
-Unseasonably warm weather
-got three of the eleven loose without breaking them; grill support, drivers front(tub), drivers up by the shock
-This is going to be a "valuable learning experience
-Broke a 1/2" drive non impact 5/8" socket(my only 1/2" drive 5/8")
-Broke five bolts, one of which is the rear driver
-Three are spinning, one of which is the rear passenger
The really bad:
- I have to cut into the "rear support box"(?) to repair the rear mounts
That was my day. No pics because, well, fuck taking pics right now.
I had to Google "smog" since I've never seen any.
1. fog or haze combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants:
Found primarily in California.