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My 02 still has less than 250 miles on it so maybe this is normal. Even when warmed up these shifts are not smooth at all.
I wonder if a shifter would help. I plan on doing that anyway. However it doesn't feel like something a shifter is going to cure.
 

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Breakin please

Hi there,
Please allow some breakin of the new syncronizers before proceeding with concern.
Due to the fact of a ceramic composite inner and outer cones, they may take as much as 5000 to breakin correctly. After that time, if your harsh engagement persists, have a spin down check done by your dealer.
I hope this helps, c4c5
 

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Thanks specialist! I just hope I live long enough to put 5,000 miles on it. :rolleyes:

You got a particular preference for shifters?
 

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Like C4C5 said.

Mine was pretty tight at that mileage. Like a fine wine, Gets better with age.. :guiness:

the best on the new car,

2k
 

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i agree. my car was "stubborn" at first. with ~1200 miles on it, the shifting is much easier now.

i'm debating which shifter to get as well. it seems that most of the z drivers prefer the b&m ripper. i admit, the ripper does feel nice and you know you hit the gear when shifted.

keep us posted on how you make out.

-jason
 

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Shifters

Hi there,
Really, I havenot gotten a bad one, from any manufacturer.
However, the most important thing is adjustment, which is more critical than the shifter itself.
Please keep this in mind before you install it, and make sure that you follow it to the letter.
Best to you, c4c5
 

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We never adjusted my Ripper....just installed it....either I got lucky or I'm missing out on something :eek:

c4c5, maybe you could give us the procedure for the tech tips section.....

JC
 

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I hear the Ripper shifter put out now does not have any adjustments anymore (stop adjustments).

C4C5 -- what's a 'spin down' test that you spoke of above ?
 

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Yep, the Ripper I just got a few days ago doesn't have the shift stops. I'm disapointed because they came in very handy on my '96 Z-28. As for the difficulty shifting, try putting some Redline D4 fluid in the tranny. That usually smooths it out a lot. But like everyone said, give it a chance to "break in". I've always thought that saying was strange... I dealership telling you to "break" your vehicle or new parts... in that is. :)
 

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spin down test

Hi,
A spin down test is a test, whereby you a checking to see how long it takes to line up the syncronizer for a grind free shift.
It is kindof complicated to explain here, however, it is an important test in determining how your transmission is working.
As for the adjustment I spoke of, it is not with the shifter from any given manufacturer, it is a relationship given between the shifter housing, and the shifter sector shaft.
N4c5s, I will work on the adjustment how to, and respond in a day or so. I am on my way to BG, and to Raleigh NC.
Best to all, c4c5
 

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Did you check the bushing carefully when you installed the new shifter? Also, it would be important to tighten the four bolts down for the shifter gradually to distribute the pressure equally.

I found that my B&M shifter felt better when I shifted at above 4K RPM. Shifting at low RPMs caused a brief hesitation.
 

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Titan, I have not installed an aftermarket shifter yet. I'm trying to figure out which one to go with.
 

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One of my only dissapointments with my Z06 is the shifting. I have listened in on many discussions about it and I think this is a widespread feeling. I have over 2500 miles on my car and the shifting has not improved at all. It changes gears fine but I can't shift it quickly.

Here are some of the points I have heard:

1. Synthetic trans fluid only helps cold weather shifting.
2. No aftermarket shifter removes the notchy feeling that passing through neutral creates. It is a function of the trans, and cannot be eliminated.
3. Aftermarket shifters do improve the length of throw and removes sloppy nature of the factory shifter.
 

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I have never driven my car in cold weather but I will tell you I changed to synthetic trans fluid and my shifter was much smoother in 100 miles in warm weather. :)
 

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It is my understanding that switching to synthetic too early would only make things worse. But if people are having good luck doing that I'll try it.
 

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I'm having similar problems shifting from fourth to fifth, it occasionally hangs up going into fifth and requires some effort to shift into it.:( :(
 
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