by Dennis Carr
Date Added: Tuesday 29 November, 2016
Super fast delivery. A very good quality item. Heavy metal with real leather, not cheap plastic. I can see why some reviews state they've had problems removing the old sleeve. Aware of this difficulty I proceeded as follows....
1/ Carefully pull back the gaiter as far as possible without splitting the seam.
2/ Using a Stanley knife - Cut the stitches on the old leather cover and peel off. Note these are partially glued in place.
3/ Using the Stanley knife - VERY CAREFULLY and SLOWLY cut along the length of the hard plastic cover as far as the gaiter slot until you can feel the metal handbrake lever under the knife blade. I also cut around the base although this may not have been necessary.
4/ Prise apart with a screwdriver blade and work it around to break the adhesive, then pull the sleeve off.
5/ FITTING THE NEW SLEEVE - Line up the stitching to your liking (underneath or on top). Push the sleeve onto the lever as far as possible with your hand. They are a tight fit and will require tapping into place with a rubber or wooden mallet (NOT a metal hammer). Do not hit the sleeve the last 1/2 an inch without lifting the lever enough to free the button or damage is likely.
6/ Fit the gaiter into the groove.