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    Problem with gear gaiter. Any recommendations/tips?

    Just bought a gear gaiter off eBay as mine was worn. Bought from "topgaiters". This was the exact listing:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...id=p2761.l1259


    What a nightmare it was getting the old gaiter off that plastic surround!! But this was nothing comapred to what was to come next....


    The neck of the new gaiter was so unbelievably tight, that when i FINALLY made it over the gear knob, it tore the stitching. With everything in place, you can see a clear rip now with the cable tie obvious from a mile away.



    Are they all so ridiculously tight? I tried twisting the knob off like i did with my old Escort, but that was a no-go.
    Is this just a bad one then or are they all like this? There must be a way to get them on without butchering them, so any tips or recommendations to buy from an alternative seller?

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    You need to take the knob off, it doesn't screw off though, i got mine off by twisting and pulling but i've been told you can damage the linkages this way so most people on here will cut it off and fit a new one, there is a how to for changing the gaiter, check it out for details.
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    you dont need to take the gear knob off to change the gaitors

    to be honest it sounds like you may have got a crap one.

    Glenn Yale does some top quality alcantara ones which will definately fit perfectly
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    Reason i bought off this seller was because of the price. I assume it's a case of you get what you pay for?

    The original came off without much bother really. Didn't know if this was possibly due to the leather stretching or whatever...?

    The seller has told me they'll issue another one.

    I've seen G.Y's pics & they look nice that's for sure. I'd have to get the handbrake done also, but there's nothing wrong with what i've got tbh


    For those who've replaced theirs, where did you buy from & did it just slip right over without any hassle, or was it a bit tight?





    i'm wondering if the cheapy ones offer all the trouble, but the more expensive ones are a perfect fit.

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    Should get gaiter through tomorrow...hopefully.

    I asked the seller if they had any tips on getting it fitted.

    They said fit a plastic bag over the gear knob 1st & then do the gaiter that way. Sounds a bit odd to me, but i'll try it all the same.

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    The plastic bag reduces friction when putting the gaitor over the knob. Then just stick it down with a bit of superglue.
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    I can understand the theory behind it. That wasn't lost on me It was just that not all theories work & i would be surprised if this one does.

    Shouldn't be need for superglue if the gaiter neck fits over the knob. The cable tie should take care of that. I can get it wrapped around the plastic surround (except for the ends of the stitches where its bulked up a bit). The only real problem was fitting it over the knob without splitting.

    We shall see.

    I'm quite tempted to go Glenn Yale on a gear/handbrake combo, but after searching AOC & AON for feedback on the handbrake gaiter, i'm not too sure i want to bother with that. Everyone seems to have had difficulty doing it

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    I had no bother with the handbrake

    yanked the old gaitor off

    put the new one on (no glue/staples or anything) put the mounting frame back into place and the gaitor stayed in place fitted perfectly - really easy to fit
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    I think i got my gear gaitor from the same seller as yourself, I had to remove the gear knob for this but when i did my change over it was a hot day so the glue was soft. Very easy really and the gaitor fits as it should.

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    Well i got it through today. Don't know if they made alterations, but the one i got today fitted easily as anything. No problem whatsoever, unlike the one earlier in the week.

    So i finally have a decent looking gaiter that doesn't have a cable tie showing

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