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  • Anyone interested in a handmade shift boot?

    I made a couple of these for roadsterdrift people, and I'm getting pretty good at it:
    the first one I made for my own car:


    Another one with black top stitching. The pictures don't do them justice, its really nice quality leather.


    I still have a bunch of leather left, so I could make a few more if people want them! I can do pretty much any color of top stitching, and if I got enough requests for other colors of leather (namely tan) I could do that too.

    I did them on rd.com for $30 shipped, but its just too much work because the stitching has to be done by hand, and I also reinforce the seams on the inside. I'll do the first one for $40 shipped, then $45, then $50 shipped for any others.
    1. $40 shipped X
    2. $45 shipped
    3. $50 shipped

    Edit: Price is now $45 shipped for one more order, then it moves to $50 shipped.

    I also made one out of fake burberry fabric for someone, it looked pretty sweet, I don't have a pic of it though. I could do a lot cheaper for one of those, like $20 shipped. They're kinda thin though, but it totally works. I have a **** ton of that fabric left.
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    Photobucket is blocked here where I work, so I can't see the pictures, but I am interested in replacing my boot with a nice black leather boot with red top stitching. You don't do e-brake boots as well do you? I'd like to replace them as a pair and get rid of the hard plastic shell.

    Originally posted by miata5620
    Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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    • #3
      Damn these look nice. My problem is my shift boot sits too low with my new nob. I'll take a picture and show you.

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      • #4
        I could do an ebrake boot too, but I've never made one before, so you'd need to allow more time for me to actually design it and test fit it. if photobucket doesn't work, what about waffleimages? let's give that a shot:

        Click here for the full 960x1280 image.


        Edit: waffleimages wasn't working even for me, for some reason, so I attached a small pic so you can get a glimpse for now

        Edit2: oh, nevermind! not needed. thanks admin!
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          Added them as attachments for you.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MX5ATLanta.com View Post
            Damn these look nice. My problem is my shift boot sits too low with my new nob.
            I have this same problem, and on a shortened shifter too (when I say shortened I mean one of the previous owners hacked off about 1/4" of the top). The boot never quite makes it to the bottom of the Voodoo knob I have, and now I have a new knob and I have no idea how well anything is going to fit. :lol:

            Originally posted by N3v View Post
            I could do an ebrake boot too, but I've never made one before, so you'd need to allow more time for me to actually design it and test fit it.
            That's cool. What would you do for pricing on both? :D

            Originally posted by MX5ATLanta.com View Post
            Added them as attachments for you.
            Thanks! They do look GOOD!

            Originally posted by miata5620
            Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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            • #7
              thanks! I'm gonna go ahead and put my paypal up so if someone wants to nab the first boot deal they can, but I just went back to knoxville for school, and I need to get back and get my sewing machine. Normally, it took about a week to make one after I got the order, but as of right now, it would be 2-3 weeks, especially if you wanted an ebrake boot too. Btw, for an ebrake boot, just add $15.

              paypal: [email protected]

              Edit: $15 is the tentative price on the ebrake boot on any orders made right now. It may go up later once I figure out that they're a pain in the *** to make :P So get it while you can!

              Edit2: if you need one thats shorter or longer than stock, I can see what I can do, its really easy to make them shorter, but longer would require a redesign of the pieces of leather I use, so it would take longer to figure out. my shifter is a short throw shifter that's a tiny bit taller than stock (1/2" at most) and it still has plenty of room. Leather is pretty stretchy too, and I've had a lot of success with the boot not falling off or moving around by putting a rubber washer from home depot on the shift lever before I put the center console/boot back on. They cost $0.60, but I'll include one for free :P
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              • #8
                Sounds like a deal to me. I'm not in any rush as I'm still waiting to reassemble my car. I'm going to send you payment now and take advantage of the deal. Do you make the shift boots to fit with a stock lever? My new 6-speed shifter is OEM and I probably will not be going with a short shifter for some time.

                Originally posted by miata5620
                Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                • #9
                  yes, the design of the boot is identical to the oem one, at least for an NA. I cut my stock shift boot apart and traced the pieces and used that to make the new pieces. I've only sold them to NA's, but I'm pretty sure it will fit just fine on an NB too. If you're worried about it, there are two things we can do:
                  1. you send me an old stock NB boot and I'll cut it up and trace it and make you one from that design
                  2. I send you my design, if you don't like the fitment, just send it back with an old NB shift boot and I'll do #1

                  I think #2 should be fine, since I'm 99% sure it'll be fine :)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by N3v View Post
                    yes, the design of the boot is identical to the oem one, at least for an NA. I cut my stock shift boot apart and traced the pieces and use that to make the new pieces. I've only sold them to NA's, but I'm pretty sure it will fit just fine on an NB too. If you're worried about it, there are two things we can do:
                    1. you send me an old stock NB boot and I'll cut it up and trace it and make you one from that design
                    2. I send you my design, if you don't like the fitment, just send it back with an old NB shift boot and I'll do #1

                    I think #2 should be fine, since I'm 99% sure it'll be fine :)
                    He has a NA with a 6-spd not an NB with a 6-spd.
                    1988 323 GTX--- The toy now :D
                    2008 Mazdaspeed 3::SOLD ----- 1991 BRG NA8 Swap, Turbo::SOLD

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                    • #11
                      Well, I don't have an NB boot to send you, 6-speed going into an NA for clarification. However, I think that they are the same size overall. I'm not worried about it though, I was just making sure that's what your aim was.

                      No problems with the stitching fading? Had a boot with red top stitching that turned pink after a few months in the sun in my RX7. Don't want that again. :)

                      Anyway, money sent.

                      Originally posted by miata5620
                      Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                      • #12
                        an NA with a six speed? :confused: So it's an NB tranny? in that case, I'm 99.9% it won't be a problem. I've driven an NB, and I think their shifter throw isn't any longer than an NA, so it shouldn't be too short.

                        Edit: oh, right, gotcha. As far as fading goes, I'm using nice, thick cotton embroidery floss for the top stitching, so I really doubt it. Fading hasn't really been tested yet, as I just made mine a couple months ago. Its real leather though, and although I already applied a weather seal and polish to it, doing so yourself every now and then probably wouldn't be a bad idea.
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                        • #13
                          Could you make one using a mesh like material?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by N3v View Post
                            an NA with a six speed? :confused: So it's an NB tranny? in that case, I'm 99.9% it won't be a problem. I've driven an NB, and I think their shifter throw isn't any longer than an NA, so it shouldn't be too short.

                            Edit: oh, right, gotcha. As far as fading goes, I'm using nice, thick cotton embroidery floss for the top stitching, so I really doubt it. Fading hasn't really been tested yet, as I just made mine a couple months ago. Its real leather though, and although I already applied a weather seal and polish to it, doing so yourself every now and then probably wouldn't be a bad idea.
                            Yeah, NB 6-speed swapped into an NA. :D
                            Like I said, I think that they're the same dimensionally, the only difference being an extra pin in the lower part of the shifter that makes no difference to what we're dealing with here.

                            Cool, just wondering. Trust me, the OEM one looks practically brand new still because of the care routine. :D

                            Originally posted by miata5620
                            Eric's Garage ... You buy all the parts I tell you to and you will have a killer car... If you want other parts used your car will suck and it will cost you more...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MeFryRice View Post
                              Could you make one using a mesh like material?
                              like what?
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