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Jake 10-02-2003 07:14 PM

Gear Concept Shifter Bezel
Has anyone installed the Gear Concept Shifter Bezel?
I received mine in the mail yesterday and while I was fitting it, I noticed that the bezel is flat and the center console is curved. This means force needs to be applied to have the bezel conform to the console. Now, the install requires 4 small screws and even though the bezel will conform, it takes some force and the screws are hanging on to the thin plastic of the console.
Seems like a bad design to me so I've thought of two solutions to make things nicey nicey. One would be to sand down the bezel, with a drum sander, in the middle so it conforms to the curve of the console. Second, a small wedge to build up the front of the console to meet the bezel.
I'm not wild about either idea but think sanding would be more elegant when done.

So,,,,, if I do nothing, will the screws hold the bezel flush with the console and not pop?[?|]


PS Oh, yea. Do you know of another supplier with a different design?

scironzts 10-02-2003 08:32 PM

i've got the focus central one. fits the same way, with 4 screws. painted and glossed mine to match the mach stereo surround.

Jake 10-03-2003 08:31 AM

I'm fairly sure that is the same type I have. Did it take a lot of pressure to screw it down?

scironzts 10-03-2003 10:53 AM

nah. it was pretty easy. i didn't have a drill to use, so THAT was a pain in the ass. just had to use MADDD pressure trying to screw this bastard on. lol

bryanjw82 10-04-2003 05:35 PM

you need a new shifter boot. looks like a cheap factory one

scironzts 10-05-2003 12:33 AM

yeah, it's a factory one. but um... yeah. don't care. heh

Jake 10-05-2003 10:12 AM

Hey, I have some leather workers living near me and they made me shifter and ebrake boots out of black dear skin. Soft, beautiful hide. I have to say, it is the best mod for the interior, imo, you can do. But, hey, that's me.

whoaizmyflow 10-09-2003 09:12 AM

Jake, can I see a pic of the deer skin? LMK, I may be interested! Sounds phat!

Jake 10-09-2003 09:30 AM

Sure, I'll get a pic up, but it may be a few days. I'm still using film to take pics. No dig camera for me yet. Plus, I just found some awsome little screws with allen heads to use for the bezel. I'm going to drill holes and use nuts and screws with washers to attach the bezel. These allen head screws look so much better than the phillips head wood screw that come with the bezel, I feel like leting the manufacture know. It provides a real quality look to the bezel.

RPIJG 10-09-2003 10:20 AM

the surround goes on fine, it really doesn't take that much pressure to get it on. Easiest way to do it is to get a real small drill bit, and pre-drill very small holes so that the screws do their job easier. Second (AND VERY IMPORTANT) DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN. If you do, you are screwed (litereally and figuratively). The material isn't very thick, and you can strip it quite easily. However, you shouldn't have to apply much pressure in order to get them in. Tighten the screws near the front first about half way, then the rear about half, then the front until tight, and then the rear this is the best way to do it. I've had mine for about a month now and no problems whatsoever.

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