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recommendations for a TH350 floor shifter

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ed rex, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. ed rex

    ed rex Registered Member

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    Good day! Is there a current favorite floor shifter conversion for a TH350 into a 1st gen? Looks like B&M and Hurst both make 'truck' model floor shifters, anyone have experience with this? Concerned about the height when using a center console, don't really want to have to reach over the console and grab at something that is below the level of the console top.
     
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    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    I see alot of people really like the shifter by Art Carr.
     
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    Stephen 1/2 ton status Moderator Vendor

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    Art Carr type shifter, available from several places.

    They're simple, reliable, durable, easy to use and understand and very positive. I can't recommend anything else.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    B&M shifters are designed for street use and drag racing, not 4 wheeling. For instance, many come with "reverse lock out" which we not only do not need, it works against us in many cases where we need a quick, positive shift from drive to reverse. Even if you disable the reverse lock out, or use a model with no reverse lock out, you still have no way to make a positive shift (i.e. KNOW you are hitting R in a panic shift, not N or P). This single problem has made me absolutely despise my B&M which has come very close to causing serious rolls for me. Don't even get me started on that abomination called a ratchet shifter. IMO, a total poser piece if your not drag racing, why else would you put such a thing in a truck? The Art Car has positive shift location on every shift. As such, I would also suggest Art Car for this and other already stated reasons.
     
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    I've always liked the B&W "Star shifter".
     
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    Well thank you all sincerely! Art Carr seems to be the unit. Any suggestions on where to get one? I assume that they have varying shaft heights to choose from so you're not grabbing at the floorboards?

    Thanks again.
     
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    I will be getting an art carr shifter when I build my cage... so I can mount it high enough for an easy grab...
     
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    Art Carr type shifter, available from several places.

    They're simple, reliable, durable, easy to use and understand and very positive. I can't recommend anything else.

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    you say "type" who else makes a 4 speed gate?
    someone cheaper hopefully /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
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    I don't remember what it's called, "Jaguar" or some other big cat name IIRC. Looks just like the AC, may even be a relabel. ORD sells AC, and they (Art Carr) sometimes direct sale at a huge discount (which I learned that they screw their distributors out of /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif). Seems like I gave $199 for mine direct on one of those sales.
     
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    Have seen both B&M and art carr shifter in use on the trail. I would recommend the art carr. Everybody I know that has a B&M does not like it. I talk to a art carr rep last month and he said through september they were on sale for 199.99 from art car themselves, vs the regular price of 275 or something.
     
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    I think Art Carr is re-badging the shifters, I've seen the same type with "winters" on it, maybe somebody knows more?
    I know the 2nd company Art Carr (the guy) started is now california performance transmission and carries the same shifter, so it's not an exclusive thing.
    I think they're a marine shifter to start with.
    hard not to buy them on sale for 2 bills. I might get another one myself at that price. It's probably cheaper than our dealer price.
     

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