Ok this is for 96-00 civic's it may work on other modles with slight mods but i dont know for shure so dont bitch.
Alright so lets first start off with what youl need...
1.a dremel with asorted sanding and cutting bits
2. a pice of plexi glass about 10"x7"
3. a good file with one rounded side and one flat side.
4. krylon fusion satin black paint. (or whatever color you wish)
5. 320 grit sand paper.
Ok now that you went out and got all of thew tools youl need ill take you through the steps.
1. take out the 6 screws holding the arm rest and lift it up and pull it back a few inches.
2. take out the 4 screws holding in the shifter center console thing.
3. remover your shift ****
4. now the shifter console pice should be loos pull up and back and it will slide out.
5. flip it over and youl see a silver metal pice that holds the shift boot in place. Remove the 2 screws that hold it on and take the boot out. Remember to not break or lose this metal braket because it is what will hold the plate in place.
Ok now that you have the console out on your bench you can cut out a pice of cardboard that fits right inside of the shifter hole. (you are makeing an exact replica of what your finished plate so take your time and make it perfect.
now take out the cardboard pice and set it to the side.
next you will need to find out where you need to cut for the shifter to come through the plate.
So you will have to put the shifter console back over the shifter and use a tape measure to see how big of a whole you need to make.
You need to make 4 measurments 1 in 3rd gear to the edge of the plastic 1 in 3rd, and 1 on each side when the shifter is in nutral pushed to the far left and right. Be shure to leave about a half of an inch room on all sides so that nothing hits.
I have a B&M shifter and my measurments were 1" on top a little under 3/4" on the sides and a little under 2" on the bottom.
Sorry i hope this makes sence i dont have any pictures of this part but if you have any questions pm me and i will help you.
ok now transfer your measurments to the pice of paper. You should end up with a square drawn in the middle of your template. Now you can use a curved object like a role of tape to curve the corners. Be shure to take your time to make the template right.
Now you can install the template in the shifter console, put the old shifter boot bracket over the template and screw it back on. Put the console back over your shifter and snap in place. Move the shifter around and in every gear to make shure nothing will hit.
Ok now the fun part, take the template you spent the last 2 hours makeing perfect and trase the the patern onto the plexiglass.
i used an dremel and cutting bit to cut out the patern, there maybe better tools to use but this worked ok. Be shure not to cut right on your line because youl need to sand and file it later to make it nice.
after you cut out the patern you can use the sanding bit to get close to the line you made.
I found it very hard to make it look perfect with the dremel so i had to use files to make the whole semetrical. keep in mind this will take a while. with the tools i used i spend about 2 hours on this one step.
now that you are happy with the inside hole you can sand the whole pice of plexiglass with 320 grit sand paper untill there is no shiny spots.
after you do this install the plate and again make shure your happy with the fit this will be the last time you can change anything.
remove the plate and wash it with soap and water to remove any dirt, dry with a towel.
now your ready to paint, place the plate vertical and spray very light coats and wait 30 seconds between them, i put on about 10, let dry for about 2 hours.
now that your plate in all done its time to reinstall.
the new plate will be thicker that the old boot so the boot bracket will be a tight fit but it works fine, i used my fingers to bend it in places so it wasnt so tight.
Well i hope this will help at least 1 person. any questions feel free to pm me.
excuse my grammar
ok now for finished pictures
this is it finished and done with the skunk2 shift ****. I cut a pice of speaker box carpet to fit inside of the console. I jst cut an X in the middle so it would fit snug around the shifter. It matches the stock carpet and looks like it belongs there.
Modified by chads at 5:10 PM 7/11/2005