If the shift boot is not just old and faded but already torn or cracked, this can put your car's shifter at risk. Through the cracks and breaks on the boot, dust, debris, dirt, and moisture may find a way to get in and build up in the shifting mechanism. This can lead to corrosion and some parts of the shifter breaking easily. As time goes by, you may notice that the gear assembly is compromised. The boot fails to provide support when you shift gears. You need a new shift boot apparently. To help you out, we've tested several shift boots from numerous brands. For this review, we're going to detail the pros and cons of the American Shifter Company shift boot.
- Comes in a universal design
- With a nostalgic chrome cap
- 16mm (0.62 in.) ID
- Sold individually
- The shift boot covered the gear assembly nicely. The boot didn't have much trouble covering all sides and tucking in all the wires and other parts. We can be sure that dirt, moisture, and grime won't get in easily.
- The boot fits perfectly, and that's one of the things we love about it. We're able to get a lower-priced universal shift boot that matched the specs and requirements. We didn't need to run to the dealership just to get a good replacement.
- The shift boot didn't mess up the shifting function. It moves along with the gear stick. It's reliable.
- We had this shift boot on for months already, and it still looks brand new to us. It didn't break easily or fade instantly.
- The shift boot seems durable. It has some solid stitches all over.
- With a lifetime limited warranty from the manufacturer, at least we're guaranteed that the product can last and will be replaced in case of defect in material or workmanship.
The not so nice
- If you're simply looking for a reliable shift boot replacement, then this will be a good option. But if you crave more of the style and aesthetics, this may fall short compared to what other brands has to offer in terms of material and color, plus other features.
What we think
This shift boot did its job well enough. It's able to move along with the gear shift, not restricting any movement in the shifting mechanism. It makes a good cover, plus it's reasonably priced. For that, we give it our seal of approval.