Lower Shift Boot
Generic inner shift boot, see text.
Original inner shift boot, torn from around the lever.
Trimmed to size, and back roughened up.
3M Automotive weatherstrip adhesive.
New boot glued in place - transmission in 3rd.
Testing: Transmission in neutral.
Testing: Transmission in first.
Testing: Transmission in second.
Testing: Transmission in third.
Testing: Transmission in fourth.
Testing: Transmission in fifth.
Testing: Transmission in sixth.
Testing: Transmission in reverse.
Re-assembled. Upper boot back in place.
Lots of pictures for a very minor job!
The lower AKA inner shift boot for the '05/'06 Jeep TJ is peculiar to those two years only as '05 was the first year for the Mercedes-Benz six speed manual transmission that was carried on into the all new "JK" in '07. It is notorious for getting torn as shown - especially in cold weather as this Jeep lived in for several years (Montana). It is still available as a new part, but costs $125 or more - outrageous, especially in light of it doesn't look like the longest living part to begin with.
Therefore, I looked for an alternative, and this one looks like it may very well work! This is the "Spectre Performance 6285 Universal Shift Boot" and it cost $10.99 on Amazon: 6285 Shift Boot.
It is made of a very pliable rubber, and looks like it will perform the desired task. Even if it doesn't, it didn't cost $125 or more! I glued it with the 3M Weatherstrip adhesive shown above, and it looks like it will stay put - HOWEVER - even if the adhesive doesn't work over time, the shape of the location it goes into, plus that ridiculous weighted shift lever "junction thing" will probably keep it in place anyway! The whole idea is to keep under body heat from rising into the upper shift boot and into the Jeep, I think this will do that at least as well as the original. I didn't use the chrome trim or screws.
Spare is on the ground again, front passenger tire had a nail in it, since patched.
Gonna leave this one on the spare tire mount for a bit, but will put it back eventually.
The UAZ-469. Soviet bloc Jeep equivalent. 4 door only, but looks like fun!
Read on for the next part!