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Automatic floor shifters...opinions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lar300mag, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. lar300mag

    lar300mag 1/2 ton status

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    Just trying to decide on which floor shifter to buy, curious to see what everybody is using. Post up
     
  2. muddyblzr

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    art carr all the way
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    ^^^^^^^
    what he said....



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    b&m light truck mega shifter.
     
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    X3 :D :bow: :haha: !!
     
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    I run a B&M Megashifter and like it just fine.TH350 with manual valvebody.I'm thinking about changing it to something a bit smaller.I like how the shifter in the post above sits on the center armrest.I was thinking about maybe putting a smaller B&M shifter on a small plate mounted beside the forward right corner of my seat.Have to think about it for a few more months:wink1:
     
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    That's precisely what I plan to do with with a B&M Pro Ratchet shifter. I think it will be really comfortable in that location.
     
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    x 4. But mine has winters performance tags on it! :D
     
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    I have a 23" tall Lokar. I like it because it has mechanical linkage. I also like how high it sits. I have a 3" body lift and the knob sit about the same height as the heat controls. It came with a switch to rewire the backup lights or neutral safety, whichever you choose.

    I have a cab swapped on from a stick truck so people ask me all the time if it's a 4 speed. I answer yes. then they are amazed at how smooth I am with it on the trail.:D its a 4 speed auto.:doah:

    the mounting hardware is really nice. there is a main peice that bolts to the tailshaft bolts and the side of the trans. the shifter base can go in 5 different spots. the angle at which it leans back is adjustable.

    When you pull it down into low you know it because it down by your hip cause the shifter is so long. has a ratchet feature so you can't downshift without pushing the button in.
     
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    Any pic.'s on said Lokar shifter? Also, do all the lokars "lockout" or is it an upgrade?
     
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    I have pics but they are at home. The shifter I bought is the basic setup. so whatever it does is what they all do. was $75 about 8 years ago. they still make it though. check out www.lokar.com

    this is the one I am running. the curve matches the dash very well.

    nostalgia_shifter.jpg
     
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    Im going to build a tubular cener console in my truck and will install the B&M quicksilver shifter. I love the ratchet action!!
     
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    Might wanna consider a Hurst if you dig the ratchet stuff...

    Hurst V-matic 2 is the best ratchet shifter I've seen, little nicer built than B&M's offerings at the same price.... Ran em in my hotrods for years...
     
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    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

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    That would definitly be a possibility if I didn't already have the B&M shifter. I will be taking it outta my 2wd K-5 and putting it in my trail-rig
     
  15. raymos

    raymos Who?

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    how did u make that consol? material?:D i need a way to mount an auto shifter and i was thinking about making one (after i ditch the bench seat) but i dont know ware to start.
     
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    My brother made one out of wood for my 79 K-5. Its cheap and easy to make. Plus you could always paint it, cover it in carpet, or cover it in fiberglass
     
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    times eleventeen!

    I semi-frequently hear of or see people who've pitched a B&M b/c it quit working right, but I've never heard of an ArtCarr/Cheetah/Winters wearing out.
     
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    i like art carr because it seems to shift quicker. you can grind the gate from drive to reverse out so you can go from drive to reverse in one motion.
    the b&m ratchet action would get annoying and make it more difficult so get to reverse in an hairy cituation
     
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    I hadn't thought about this until I saw the pic. I have a HURST Promatic2 for trucks, which is cable operated and I'm a total fan of HURST, but the cool thing about a mechanical is you can feel the powertrain rock under load, as in manual tranny. Hmm. I think I'm about to convert to mech. :D
    Pictures would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     

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