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Handbrake Cover
« on: September 17, 2013, 09:29:22 PM »
Hello all,

I am looking at the Mazda genuine handbrake cover for my mazda 3 mk2,
has anyone got one of these and are they worth getting.

Is it just a plastic cover which goes over the current hand brake?

This is the part:
http://mazda-3.sgpetch.co.uk/pages/accessories/detail/model=213/category=ROOT-interior/accessory=Handbrake+Cover/id=7412

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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 08:08:04 PM »
Will let you know on Wednesday when I pick my car up.  I'm getting a few accesories thrown in, including the handbrake handle.
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 06:50:59 PM »
That would be great if you could let me know what its like,

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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 03:34:10 PM »
Okay, so after picking up my new 3 this morning, I eventually (long story) got home and fitted the aluminium handbrake handle and speaker bezels.

The speaker bezels, although extortionately expensive for what they are, really do set the speakers off well with the door handle and lever (especially with the little bose emblem in the middle).

As for the handbrake handle, here are before and after shots....





It is not simply a cover, but a whole new handle and gaiter.  You need to cut the old plastic/rubber handle off with a Stanley knife and render it useless, just to warn you.  Be very careful not to scratch the button press when you're cutting it.

If I was extremely critical, I would say that the leather used is not identical to the gearstick gaiter and the patinas don't match, although the colour are very similar, and the colour of the actual handle is slightly different to the dash trim, but you can put that down to one being ali and one being plastic.  But overall, it is a definite improvement and (IMO) worth the £40-odd quid.

It was a bit of a faff putting it on with a bit of nervous sweating when pulling the trim up out of it's clip sockets.  There's a couple of little tricks to help you tat aren't in the instruction guide that you might realise.  In fact, the instructions are pretty pony, but I documented and photographed every stage of the process which I will post if you need.
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 04:15:49 PM »
Congratulations on the new car ownership...... Now the fun (and the Zoom Zoom )  begins. 
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 04:34:05 PM »
Thanks, Will.  I hope to, after they sort out the bloody tracking!

The 2.0 is a spritely thing, innit!  Just need to firm up the suspension a bit now....
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 05:08:00 PM »
Nice touch with the handbrake gaiter/lever. Also, wouldnt you get your tracking done after adjusting your suspension? I found that after fitting my new coils my tracked caused serious run off on my tyres.
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 05:16:48 PM »
Nice touch with the handbrake gaiter/lever. Also, wouldnt you get your tracking done after adjusting your suspension? I found that after fitting my new coils my tracked caused serious run off on my tyres.

This is true, and I would have the whole geo done anyway.  But I don't know when exactly I will be fitting new suspension - not until the New Year at least I think.  Regardless, I only took delivery of it this morning - I'd expect the car to be spot on, not drifting to the right by about 15 degrees!  The dealer can bloody well sort it out, pronto!
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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 08:13:54 AM »
Thanks for the feedback on the handbrake handle, it does look loads better than the standard one fitted, may have to invest in one,

Also I have been looking at getting the speaker bezels even though they are pretty expensive for what they are.


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Re: Handbrake Cover
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2013, 08:13:54 AM »