Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

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Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby jgbff7 » Wed 03.08.2022, 08:11

My understanding from studying the wealth of info here is that the gear lever gaiter is the same on the SE and S2 but that the handbrake gaiters are different. I have a S2.

So far as the gear lever one is concerned I have found reference to the wire hem being clipped into clips under the lip of the centre console, but I have no such clips. Did the S2 have clips? Other than glue I cannot see a way of holding the base of the gaiter in place.

So far as the handbrake gaiter is concerned, the S2 has a plastic piece to which the leather is glued (and not the wire which the SE has). My question is how that edge is held to the centre console? Mine has a cable tie at the rear end, but apart from that, the gaiter just flaps about. Is the leather face of the plastic hem glued to the console and/or clipped as well? To do the job properly the console will have to come out, which is not a big deal.

I bought a replacement handbrake gaiter from ebay which was advertised for M100 cars 1989-1996, but it turned out to be suitable only for the SE.

Many thanks

John
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Re: Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby Tuga2112 » Wed 03.08.2022, 12:00

I Will take a couple of pictures of mine and post later.

Mine is a SE and i know the S2 console has a different design (window controllers in the front middle, by the sides of the mirror instead of the sides) so, theres a possibility the whole way to attache the fabric is different, But im hoping with some pictures of the SE you at least get a starting point to investigate from
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Re: Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby Saltire » Wed 03.08.2022, 18:32

I have an S2 as well, and I’ve previously replaced both gaiters.

The gear lever gaiter on mine has a stiff wire running around the base of the leather. There’s a rolled metal recess at the front and rear of the base of the gear lever. I managed to finagle the wire into the recess with the help of a couple of plastic trim tools, but it’s a right faff. :evil:

As you say, the handbrake gaiter is glued to the plastic strip and, on mine at least, the strip is fixed to the plastic console with 8 or 9 knock on edge clips like these.

Hope that helps :D
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Re: Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby jgbff7 » Wed 03.08.2022, 18:43

Thank you very much. Yes, that helps a lot. I shall get the console out and do a proper job.

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Re: Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby jgbff7 » Thu 04.08.2022, 12:07

Does this look right? I wonder if the gold piece is upside down or back to front. The curved part is at the bottom for no good reason that I can see.

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Re: Gear lever and handbrake gaiters

Postby Tuga2112 » Thu 04.08.2022, 12:52

My SE has that as well. but from memory, its not shiny silver color, I Think mine had been painted black
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