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Stock Shifter???

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Well I finally have found out for myself why everybody complains about the stock shifter. I used to think yeah ok it is a little notchy but otherwise it is fine. Well that is until for the first time I really pushed this car to it's limits including speed shifting. 1st to 2nd was fine but 3rd, forget about it. Not sure if I missed the gate or just tried to ram it in to fast, but the thing would not go into 3rd.
So I played around a little and sure enough it does NOT like to go into third while shifting fast. I also noticed it doesn't like down shifting from 4th quickly either.
Now it seems like all the gears shift hard and really notchy.

I have looked at some aftermarket shifters and think I have narrowed it down to either a Kirban or a Ripper.

However, I would like to keep the stock appearance and what I have heard from others is that it is noisier. How is it noisier? In the drive train or the actual shifting from the linkage?

Also, will a shifter really make the shifts smoother and cleaner? No missed gates?

Sorry for the basic questions, but I have never driven a car with a aftermarket shifter so I don't know how much they help and what all they help. I just know the stock one sucks for spirited shifting.

Anyway, any suggestions and comments are welcome.

Oh, any preferences/comparisons between the Kirban and Ripper are welcome too.

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I have no experience with the Kirban. Since I switched to a Ripper, I have yet to miss a shift.

I drive Sherylann's Z once in awhile. She has a stock shifter. I hate it!! I can't tell what gear I am in. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif But, she hates the Ripper too because the springs are too stiff for her.

I guess to each their own.
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I am very happy with the Kirban, I will get one for my Z06 or maybe the Hurst shifter, I personally like the Kirban better than the B&M, but any of these are better than the stock POS
I kinda like the stock shifter but then i kinda like the stock shifter on my 65 vette.
try that and you'll see what notchy and vague
is really like.carl do you know if the hurst
is shipping yet?
I heard a few guys saying they have their's, I am suppost to see a customer that has one tomorrow, I will report. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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thanks bud i do have a strong interest in the hurst, always liked their units.
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