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E-Fusion
12-25-2013, 08:09 PM
This was my Christmas DIY project. All I can say is patience was key.

http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz269/joeyefusion/20131225_153843_zps4qawbgkp.jpg (http://s834.photobucket.com/user/joeyefusion/media/20131225_153843_zps4qawbgkp.jpg.html)

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Dwaynek
12-25-2013, 09:36 PM
looks nice what were the challenges with the project?

Corrnaus
12-25-2013, 11:50 PM
Looking good

where is that sweet cup holder extension from??!

E-Fusion
12-26-2013, 12:37 AM
looks nice what were the challenges with the project?

It was easier than expected. Just do your research and take your time and do not apply force even though it is tempting. Patience was key. I used a hotel swipe card to pry up the boot and a small mini flathead screw driver to slowly pry up the cap on the gear shift knob cap - that was the hardest part as I didn't want to damage it. Next used a 10mm ratchet to remove the bolt and the whole knob and boot come off in one peace. When installing the Fiat 500 Madness boot I had to realign the holes on the boot bracket and then just snap it back in. The new shift knob installs with three threaded pressure screws onto the shifter stem. There is also a Scorpion Badge on the front of the Boot.

Cheers!

E-Fusion
12-26-2013, 12:40 AM
Looking good

where is that sweet cup holder extension from??!

$10 at Canadian Tire. I think it is a Rubbermaid product. It is handy, but a tad too wide so you can't slide the seats back and forth with it installed. There is a cup shapes base that just sits inside your original cup holder so it is easier to install and remove.

Corrnaus
12-26-2013, 09:15 AM
$10 at Canadian Tire. I think it is a Rubbermaid product. It is handy, but a tad too wide so you can't slide the seats back and forth with it installed. There is a cup shapes base that just sits inside your original cup holder so it is easier to install and remove.

Nice
where you from in the Great White North?

E-Fusion
12-26-2013, 04:45 PM
Nice
where you from in the Great White North?

Other side of the country. Vancouver BC. Are there lots of Abarths in the GTA?

Corrnaus
12-26-2013, 09:32 PM
Ya especially in Woodbridge and Vaughn just north of Toronto. Large Italian communities that are big fans of the brand. Also some guys that own some pretty high end car are buying them as their little run around rides. I just recently moved outside the GTA to Brantford, west of Hamilton and I might have the only one in the city. Love that I still get tons of looks where people are not sure what I am driving.

E-Fusion
12-27-2013, 03:03 PM
Here's a picture with the Scorpion Badge
http://i834.photobucket.com/albums/zz269/joeyefusion/20131227_105653_zps47lyq89v.jpg (http://s834.photobucket.com/user/joeyefusion/media/20131227_105653_zps47lyq89v.jpg.html)

SteveP
01-10-2017, 09:17 PM
Jusy installed a new boot in my 500 Abarth, retaining the original shift knob. Install a black boot with a black/white checkered stripe (500Madness #89). NOT made by BLACK apparently, but the ad for it said made especially for the Fiat 500. Not sure about that, especially when use with the Abarth original knob. The boot seems a bit tall and the diameter of the opening at the top is as wide as the bottom of the original knob (it sticks thru easily), making it difficult to attach it neatly to the knob like the original does. Also, there are no precut slots in the boot for attaching the retainer ring to it...you have to cut your own. it does look nice once it's installed.

Had one unexpected problem...snapping the shift pattern emblem back onto the knob! It wouldn't go on, and I tried hard....and yes, I knew it would only fit one way. Finally noticed that the problem seemed to be the top (upper) tab, which is the widest one. Used a Dremel Tool to file it slightly narrower and it went right it. ???