OK so here’s an update – 7 weeks and still no gear knob and gaitor. Chased Richard up (again). It turns out mine is being built in this batch but he didn’t know how many there were to build and how long it would take.
Slightly annoyed at timings but hopeful that the product quality will make up for it
Finally got round to fitting mine – or did I…………….?
As I sometimes fall foul of that well known ocd disease, dropped by my local dealership as am friendly with a very thorough and obliging technician and the assembly was soon it bits.
However to cut the story short, he decreed that this was not a 5 minute job. Knowing my ocd tendencies he advised that due to the sturdy way the OE gaiter was fixed to the its rectangular frame, there was a risk of causing damage said frame when removing the gaiter.
Looking at the new alcantara gaiter, the mounting points where it would affix to the rectangular frame did not seem as substantial as the original OE gaiter – and seemed to be glued or heat welded?
So we just clipped it back together and attached the new knob for the time being.
Whilst he has offered to source a new replacement rectangular gaiter frame and look at options of permanently attaching the alcantara gaiter to it:
How did the rest of you fit the gaiter? Did you just pull the OE one off and put the gaiter frame lugs through the slits in the base of the new gaiter – and job done?