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Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:38 pm 
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Hehe. Yep, been there, done that too - snap one that is. The wonders of an accurately placed flatblade screwdriver....


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Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:39 am 
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Removing the center console is not as bad as it sounds.. once you've done it once it doesn't take all that long.

 

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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:00 pm 
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Had another go at this on the weekend, I got SO CLOSE to the PRND selector but just couldn't remove the top layer of the console in order to get to it.

I removed all the console lid screws, the rear vents, the cup holder, all the screws/bolts around the gear selector, and the tissuebox holder. The top layer of the console came off at about a 30degree angle, but the upper part (covering the PRND thing) just wouldn't budge.

There's a chap on Ebay called roadboss01 who sells chrome BA Gear selector covers, like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 0225888586

I PM'd him about removing the PRND gear selector in order to change to the chrome one, and he informed me that you don't need to remove the driver's seat, handbrake or entire console in order to get to it. He mentioned that you just need to 'loosen' the console slightly in order to get to it. Unfortunately, he was unable to provide any further info. Anybody got any idea about this? Cheers.
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Posted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:07 pm 
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Macca wrote:
Be careful removing the plastic covers on the seat rails, the plastic is very brittle, don't rush taking them off.


Mine snapped becuase i lent the wrong way on it getting out of the car.. replaced it, then had to remove it to fiddle with the seat wires/electronics and snapped it again. Im leaving it broken this time... fkn tight a*** ford!
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Posted: Fri May 16, 2008 12:04 am 
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Well guys, I gave this another shot tonight... and guess what... SUCCESS!!!

Also, I didn't have to remove the handbrake or driver's seat. I just had to loosen the console slightly and pop the PRND selector out.

It is illuminated by a single T5 globe. I replaced it with blue, and it looks awesome at night and matches the footwells and dash.

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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:30 pm 
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More pictures...

 

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:30 pm 
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Wow. It does look good doesn't it.


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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:09 pm 
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I apoligize to everyone, I have always said that a blue led wouldnt look quite right. I was wrong. I spose I can be wrong sometimes ;)

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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:36 pm 
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I like it too. Tempting..

 

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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:38 pm 
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aumatt wrote:
I apoligize to everyone, I have always said that a blue led wouldnt look quite right. I was wrong. I spose I can be wrong sometimes ;)

Matt


Nah mate. You're wrong about that. You're always right....


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Posted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:03 pm 
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LOL thanks mate

 

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The ZF uses surface mount LEDs for the white illumination (the little yellow ones). The 3mm round LEDs you see are for the red 'selected gear' illumination.

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Also, to get to it

Pop off the surround (grab it from under the ICC and pull up).
Disengage the leather boot, by squeezing it's sides.
Grab a smallish screw driver, and jam it down the front of the shifter housing, to disengage the two clips, then it'll come off easily. Navigate the base of the leather boot around to get it off fully.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 7:30 pm 
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wait till it starts bubbling up around the surround like the rest of them do that we have to replace lol


The BA and BF four-speed shifter, after some years, seems to get a bubble on the silver plastic near the 'D' selection. No doubt it's caused by the globe heat.
The BF six-speed shifter is illuminated by LEDs, with very little to no heat, so the plastic probably won't bubble.
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Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:24 pm 
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Actually, the brushed-aluminium BF door-handle inserts bubble after awhile as well. It looks like it's a problem with the plastic-bonding process or something similar.

I had a BF Loaner from the local dealer and the bubbles on it's door handles were truly spectacular.


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Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:58 pm 
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Truly.
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