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BADRAT 09-07-2012 08:39 PM

DIY Dinoc Carbon fiber shifter plate
 
ive gotten my hands on some 3M Dinoc Simulated carbon fibre vinyl. for those of you that have used this before, you know how great of a material this is. looks amazing and really easy to work with.

my shifter plate has been peeling and looking ugly so i figured i would cover it up!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

this is super easy to do, only tool you will need is a butter knife to pry up the plate. heres how it goes:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

Once pried up you will need to disconnect 3 harnesses, 2 on the left and 1 on the right

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

you will then need to unclip the leather boot from the plate, there are a few clips

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

once unclipped you can separate the boot from the plate

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

lift the plate and manoeuvre it around the boot and shifter
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

once freed up you will want to clean the surface, try to use something without ammonia. if your plate is peeling like mine, you can try to remove as much damaged material as you like. though the carbon fibre material will mask any uneven spots

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

BADRAT 09-07-2012 08:39 PM

continue
 
you can now peel the cut carbon fibre away from the backing. this i have created on my own and will be selling them for $25 shipped (PM if interested or email badrat*AT*me.com) . if you have the 3M material you can now cover the plate and use a scalpel to cut away the excess material. i have tried the scalpel method before and it is really tricky to cut out where the labels are, which is why i have developed this template.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

once peeled up, you will want to position the sticker from the bottom. making sure that everything lines up. work from the bottom to the top - laying the material down while making sure it follows the plate. everything should line up accordingly. if not, try to peel up the material slowly and reposition. the Dinoc is forgiving as long as you dont stretch it or get it too dirty (wash your hands!)

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

once everything is set, you can now give it a good press making sure it is stuck on well. air bubbles should come out with no problem

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg

now you can reinstall the plate back into you car, follow the instructions in reverse. your car should look nice and clean once again! boom! *par-t*

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/23781290/E4...%20%281%29.jpg


i think i might tackle the cluster next :D


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