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How to remove gearstick trim?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by rokape, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. rokape
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    [Jul 30, 2012]
    Hi,

    I want to change my aluminium trim on my A3, seems to of got corroded / veined somehow from the previous owner. I will get a new one from Audi, but I can't work out how to remove it.

    Done some searching, found these:


    1. http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a3-s3-sportback-8p-chassis/81545-how-do-you-remove-trim-gear-stick.html
    2. Fourtitude.com - DIY: Shift Knob Switch (Pics)

    Only, I can't work out how to change just the trim? I don't want to change the gear stick.. any ideas?

    I have managed to get the trim up, but ending up like this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v306/jokr/Audi/SV300078.jpg

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks! :)
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    moag she's no d-turbo

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    There is a metal butterfly style clip which clamps the cover on to the gear knob and stick. Cut it off!
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    Yep thats the one. Im not sure if a cable tie would suffice as the metal ring clamps the blue plastic on to the gear stick. You may be able to get a part number off the ring. Alternatively you can get them in any decent motor factors/DIY store (the rings are used for clamping hoses on)
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    Cool thanks man! I know what you mean now, the ones you tighten with a screw driver?
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    Nope, not jubilee clips. I think they would foul the cover.

    Im talking about this style clip...
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    You just nip the two "sticky outty" bits with side cutters to tighten. Let me know if you have any bother sourcing one and il post one over to you!
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    [Aug 5, 2012]
    Ok awesome. Thanks!

    I presume it's ok to remove it before I get the clip? Ie I just shouldn't pull it up else it will fall off? Or does the clip prevent it from falling down too?
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    Prevents it from twisting in your hand too. I replaced mine with a cable tie and its fine. Just pulled it up nice and tight.
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    +1 for the cable tie. I've been using one without issues for a few years.
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    [Aug 8, 2012]
    I took it off & got it ready for a new one. I cable tied it, think they were weak ties or not tight enough.. anyway I decided to use a jubilee clip, works perfectly & really tight! :)

    Got to source a new trim / boot now.
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