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Shifting into reverse

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I know this sound like a stupid question, but how do you shift the Z06 into reverse?

I just sat in one on a dealer's lot and w/o the engine running, the shifter didn't seem to engage into reverse gear. I tried pushing and pulling on the shifter to get it to engage but it wouldn't go into reverse.

What was I doing wrong???
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UHM, I have never put mine in reverse, it would go TOOO SLOW! I thought the "R" was for RACE /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif

Still confused? /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif
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As stated in the Owners Manual:

"If you have turned your ignition off and wish to park your vehicle in REVERSE (R), you will have to move the shift lever quickly to the right, and immediately forward into gear."
I probably need a linkage adjustment but I really have to work the lever to be sure I am in reverse. It is just not an easy move in mine.
Hi there,
Just a suggestion here, remember, that reverse is syncronized, and this will keep the gear from grinding, however, it also slows down engagement.
What I usually recommend is that when you are attempting the shift, got to first, and then got into reverse.
If this does not help, then you may need to start with an adjustment.
Best to you, c4c5
The 6 speed gear engagement, unfortunately, is one area of an otherwise phenomenal car that I find less than satisfactory. I've test driven four different 'O1s, including two with a couple K miles, and all but one seemed difficult to shift. I don't know if this is more a matter of something out of adjustment or just the way it is by design. The fact that one (out of 4) Z06 with 2400 miles seemed much better than the others, maybe this is just a "break-in" issue.

The last car I test drove, a brand new MY '01 (and probably one of the last to come to a CA dealer), had 10 miles on the odo. Without the engine running, third gear engagement was definitely "knotchy". The spacing between gates is not much, so speed shifting one of these things may be a very risky thing to do.

Do any of you current owners know if there a lockout mechanism while in forward motion to prevent an inadvertent attempt to shift into reverse???

Will it shift any smoother using something like Redline's MTL or is this just the nature of the beast???

Any other comments on the quality of the M12 tremec transaxle and gear shift engagement???
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On 2001-07-22 18:37, dsinned spewed forth this drivel:
Do any of you current owners know if there a lockout mechanism while in forward motion to prevent an inadvertent attempt to shift into reverse???
Reverse is locked out at speeds over 3 MPH. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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Wouldn't changing the shifter help this problem? /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_confused.gif
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I have never heard anything good about the stock mixer. I have however, heard many folks say to place the factory shifter into the dumpster and install an aftermarket unit!
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Hi there,
I can say this much, it could take as much a 7000 miles to breakin the syncronizers, and the shifting fork setup.
As for the quality, I have done more shifter adjustments than I have done tranmission work.
Unfortunately, I am in process of attempting to get an M12 for a customer, however, there is no stock, anywhere in the country, and I may have to rebuild the unit, to find the issue.
Although, syncronizers have been revised, a couple of times, so you could have issues.
The first step in any shifting issue is an adjustment.
Let us know how you do, c4c5
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