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Old 08-22-2015, 07:23 PM
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JK 07-10 Manual Shifter Bezel Repair

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.

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Great pics and helpful for those of us that have had to do this. I recently replaced my bezel with an aftermarket aluminum unit. Looks great. But unfortunately the lower half of the boot retainer (the bottom ring of plastic from your first picture) has now disintegrated. Not sure why but I do know that I am having a devil of a time trying to find a replacement.

Anyone have any suggestions on what the part number for that might be or where I might can find a replacement? Preferably one not made of plastic. *sigh*
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