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Gear Shift Boots

Challenge

Our automotive customer came to us with a challenge of materials. They needed to replace a cut-and-sewn leather gear shift boot application with an economical simulated leather shift boot that would be used across several truck lines, while maintaining the quality look and feel of the sewn leather with the new design.

Solution

Using the slush molded process, Midwest Rubber engineers created a shift boot with the beautiful look and durable performance of leather, but not the hefty price tag. The recreation of the leather grain and stitching was so authentic it fooled automotive reviewers and focus group participants. During the first year of production, Midwest Rubber saved the customer over $1 million. It was also proven that the new shift boot improved noise, vibration and harshness over the leather boot. Model redesigns after the first year in production eliminated its use in two product lines, but the shift boot is still used in the most popular line. One of the two boots was even able to be modified to fit a newer transmission style.

Why Midwest Rubber?

Vibration

Our solutions ensure less noise and a longer service life. Midwest Rubber strives to do everything we can to simplify your operations, and this includes reducing and eliminating excessive vibration caused by machinery. Noise vibration harshness can be caused by any type of motor, and can be a huge source of stress and disruption – not just to the machine, but to you as well. We create our solutions using custom molded rubber and rubber-to-metal bonded parts, making them a premium solution for anti-vibration.

Vibration
Midwest Rubber Co.