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Not happy with aftermarket shifter... & questions on some others...

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Hey folks,

Some good and bad out of my recent Kirban shifter install:
Good -- I can get the console apart and back together again in no time now... I could probably do it in my sleep. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
Bad -- The reason I'm so good at this now is because I went through it a few times in a short amount ot time, and am right back to having the stock shifter in there. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif

The intent of the Kirban is very good -- the throw is much shorter, and the stops are very possitive. Also, the 2nd-to-3rd shift is EFFORTLESS (feels like you're just shifting forward, with no effort to get it over into 3rd). That being said, the feel is VERY notchy, it takes a good amount of effort to get it into 1st, and it's a lot noisier (both the clink-clank of shifting, and transmitted tranny noise) than stock. I'm sure that some insulating could be done to solve the noise issue, though.

Now, the weather's miserable here in PA, and so I didn't spend a whole beautiful afternoon driving around the countryside with the Kirban, so I don't "know" that I'll not put it back in sometime, and give it another shot. It's not THAT bad -- just very different from stock. But let me ask about some other shifters...

Is the Hurst out yet? If so, anyone report his findings on it yet? It's great in my Mustang...

Is anyone using the "Corvette Concepts" shifter? It's a modified STOCK shifter, but looks shorter, and (in theory) sounds like the VERY thing I'm looking for (shorter throw with a stockish feel). I'd really like some thoughts on THIS shifter!

Thanks, folks!!!

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Kirk, I have tried several different shifters like Kirban, B&M, Mallett and even a reworked stock shifter and for my car the Kirban was the best by far. After I added Dynomat I have probably less noise than stock, I do have a convertible too. My car started shifting much easier when I put Red Line fluid in the trans, sorry you do not like the Kirban but I do not think you will like anything better unless the Hurst is different and from what I have seen it's a little like the Kirban and the B&M, a little of each. As said the Kirban or B&M will get better after driving for some time./phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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