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Ideas for a shorter throw shifter

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by clubba68, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. clubba68

    clubba68 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 1970 K5 with 465/205 setup and the throw on the shifter is like a mile long. Are there any short-throw kits made for it, or is there anything I can do to shorten the throw and make it a smoother transition from gear to gear? It is kind of stubborn right now in addition to being a mile long.
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    I've searched for the same thing and came up empty so far. Hope your search is better than mine
     
  3. clubba68

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    If it is I'll be the first to let you know. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
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    Just cut the shaft and re-thread the end /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
  5. Confedneck

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    cutting the shifter wont make the throw any shorter...i hate that 1-2 shift in my 465, if im trying to bang gears it takes two or 3 tries, but shifting easy usually provides me with better smoother shifts..
     
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    I took my shifter out and at the very bottom of it there is a little piece of steel that goes in, kinda t shaped, and is held in by a pin. It wobbled around alot and I had a spare shifter...so I experimented a little. I welded the little pin holes closed, and this did nothing, so I went right around the bottom of the shifter and welded the t piece solid to the rest of the shifter, then hit it w/ a grinder to smooth it up a little. Didn't make the throw any shorter, but it sure took alot of the slop out of the shifter and I haven't had any problems w/ it yet.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    cutting the shifter wont make the throw any shorter

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    Yes it will.

    Just for the sake of argument, let's say the shifter is 8 feet long, can you imagine how much you'd have to move the knob in order to shift gears. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif So yes, shortening the shifter will help out, but probably not enough to make it worth it.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
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    cutting the shifter wont make the throw any shorter

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    Yes it will.

    Just for the sake of argument, let's say the shifter is 8 feet long, can you imagine how much you'd have to move the knob in order to shift gears. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif So yes, shortening the shifter will help out, but probably not enough to make it worth it.

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    Yup. Since the shifter is already 8 feet long...making it 6 feet long will only shorten the throws by 25%. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Solution for this? Unfortunately you'd have to go to an automatic.
     

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