I had to remove my console this weekend due to a busted transfer case shifter linkage bushing on the shifter side of the cable. In order to get the console out you have to remove both shifter knobs and the shifter bezel. When pulling up on the shifter bezel I broke several of the lame fake plastic torx bolts.
So instead of replacing the bezel with another using the same fake plastic torx bolts I decide to repair my broken bezel with better parts.
I went down to my local Ace Hardware store and purchased eight 5mm x 10mm button head bolts and eight 5mm lock nuts. Total cost $8.54.
Here is the broken bezel and bottom piece. The rubber shifter boot gets sandwiched between these.
I used a punch to punch out the bottom halves of the plastic torx bolts from the bottom ring. Then I used a 3/16" drill bit to drill out the tops of the plastic torx bolts. I drilled an initial hole with a much small drill bit to help line up the hold in the center of each plastic torx bolt head and then used the 3/16" drill for the final hole. 3/16" = 5mm, so the bolts fit in perfect.
Once every thing was drill out I used a sharp knife to scrap each hole smooth on the back side of the bezel. Then it was time to put everything together. Bezel on top, rubber shifter boot in the middle, and bottom piece on the bottom. The button head screws used a 2.5mm allen wrench and a 5/16" socket worked on the lock nuts.
Here is the finished product.
Here is the finished product back in the Jeep.
Hope this write up helps someone else with their broken shifter bezel.