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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?[?|]

Jake

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

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

 

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

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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
 

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

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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.
 

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

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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.
Jake
 

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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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Cool! Thanks for the instructions! I've decided on a different attachment to avoid any stripping of the abs plastic consol and to impove the look imo. I located some beautiful allen key machine screws with washers and nuts. By using washers and nuts, I'll spread out the pressure needed to hold down the bezel. Perhaps not necessary but I hate the idea of stripping screw holes and then needing larger and larger screws, whatever. Whether or not the nuts and screws are an impovement in attachment ( and apparently unnecessary) I wouuld do it anyway because I like the look of stainless steel allen heads on the bezel.
Jake
 

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my bezel came painted. It was listed as "red" and I half expected it to be fire engine red, however, it is very close to the Toreador (Sangria) Red that my car is. It is a metallic paint, which looks really nice, and it is clear coated. I got it from Ray at www.myfordperformance.com it is the gear concept bezel surround. I think he may have some of them listed in his clearance items post in the vendors topic in the forum. It is made of a nice high quality plastic, and I am very happy with its quality. I am waiting for winter to get here before I do any painting, that way the humidity will be nice and low and I won't have to wait months for stuff to dry. I intend to paint the vent surrounds, and the door handle trim piece to match the car.
 

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This is how it turned out. I'm thinking of pulling it up and painting it black.
 

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Looks good. Just for the record, I installed mine @ two months ago and have had no problems but I agree the allen key screw heads probably would look better.
 

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Ya, the phillips screw head do look getto. It would be nice if some sort of screw cover came with them but the allen/hex screw heads sound like a good idea.
 

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Sorry my pic dosen't show the allen head bolts. You can prob imagine what they look like. They are stainless steel and look classy. If you find some they are easy enough to install.
Simply unscrew you bezel, and drill straight through. You'll need to remove the boot, which just pops right out. PUt the Bezel back on, drop the bolt through, and attach the nuts. It takes some patients to get the nuts started and you'll need a pretty small wrench to hold them untill they firm up, but it's not that hard. The whole install takes about 45 min.
If I think about it I'll use my real camera (that photo was taken with a shoot and toss) and take a close up.
 
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