I usually take a drill but slightly smaller than head of plastic weld "usually mushroom shape" and drill down only the mushroomed part of the head and head will come off and leaving the plastic shaft portion. once you go to reassemble you can add new plastic weld epoxy to top of shaft to form a new mushroom. I haven't done the shift gate but I have done this on a ton of door panels and works great. it will look like it was never touched if done neat and clean.Kind of a late response.. what did you do to remove the stock silver shift gate? A Dremel to break the plastic welds?