I never noticed the plactic ring. That fixed it. I feel dumb now.I purchased an aftermarket cover.
Though it's simple, really. You know that plastic ring under the shift boot? Well, I know it snaps into place and all, but you can slide it up higher.
OR, you can take a rubber band and wrap it on the shifter so the shiftboot sits where you want it to.
Thanks. I'm usually good at figuring this stuff out. I guess I over thought it. Sometimes the solution is simpler than you thought it could be. Thanks again everyone.dont feel dumb. feel fuller of knowledge. one day some noob is gonna ask the same question and you been there done that. now you can share with them your learnings. thats what were here for