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Who's installled the ripper shifter?

I don't like the feel on the stock shifter from 2nd to 3rd, will it loosen up and improve as it breaks in?

I've seen the reviews but I'm afraid of tearing into the console and dash. Do they come out and go back together easy?

Most of you that have changed the shifter say your glad you did, what are the most favorable differences?:-?
 

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Short, positive shifts. Very difficult (next to impossible) to miss a shift. A Click, Click, Click feel as you go thru the gears.

You'll never be sorry you got your Ripper :D :cool: :guiness:

:cheers:
Barrie

P.S. I had Mr. Goodwrench install mine. I'm lucky as I have one Great Mechanic @ Valencia Chevrolet!!
 

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sdz06 said:


I've seen the reviews but I'm afraid of tearing into the console and dash. Do they come out and go back together easy?

Most of you that have changed the shifter say your glad you did, what are the most favorable differences?:-?
I put one on my 99 coupe. The console comes apart and goes back together flawlessly.

I definitely liked it over the stock shifter. I am either going to put a Ripper or a Hurst in my Z06. Waiting on reviews on the Hurst.

Ripper Review -

What I liked:
1) Shorter throw
2) Crisper, firmer shifts

What I did not like:
1) The rattle that I had to fix with wheel weights and caulk

- Charley
 

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01ZEE06 - P.S. I had Mr. Goodwrench install mine. I'm lucky as I have one Great Mechanic @ Valencia Chevrolet!!
Thanks for your input.

I'm only about 50 miles from Valencia, how long did they have your car? May I ask what they charged?
 

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sdz06,

It's been over a year, and I recall several things being done at that time.....Seems like it took 1/2 hour and cost $30.00 Could be less.....

J.D. is my Service Writer and Fred Young is the Vette Specialist. He's also the Shop Foreman and has a Vette and a couple of Camaro's. He has quite a following.....Phone # is:(661) 259-2820.
Address is: 23649 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia, Ca 91355 City is also known as Santa Clarita. Best way to get there is the 10 to the 210 to I5. Once you drop into The Santa Clarita Valley, take the 4th offramp: Valencia Blvd. Go East for 1 mile. It'll be on your left. Corner of Valencia Blvd and Magic Mtn. Parkway. Can't miss it. Turn left on Creekside Road, just after you cross over Magic Mtn. Parkway. That's our Auto Dealer Row!!

I've got an appointment tomorrow morning and I'll ask for cost, time to install, and make sure they can do while you wait. Just tell 'em you're a friend of mine. Everyone there knows me and they will take good care of you.

I'll post tomorrow or send you an email.

Some people report rattle at WOT, some have no problem. While installing, you might consider Fred's fix. He adds some mass and uses Dynomat sound proofing material. If you decide to noise proof the install, let me know. I've bought a roll of the stuff and Fred needed very little. I live 5 minutes away and would be happy to drop it off with Fred for you.

ZYA,
Barrie Bennett
 

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I've got an appointment tomorrow morning and I'll ask for cost, time to install, and make sure they can do while you wait. Just tell 'em you're a friend of mine. Everyone there knows me and they will take good care of you.
Barry,....thanks, that would be great!


I put one on my 99 coupe. The console comes apart and goes back together flawlessly.
CDHough, ....thanks for the reply.


Check out Member Reviews over there
AgentZ06, ....(great feature BTW, but, I read them and didn't see some of the specifics I had questions about. Maybe I missed something? Are there detailed comments in the reviews or can they be added?
 

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I installed a Ripper in my '99 Coupe and one in the TR '01 Z06. Hardest part is getting the shift knob off the orginal shifter. I have not added any mods to the shifter for noise. Mine was quite out of the box with the original shift knob on both installations.:)
 

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One of the first mods I did was to replace the stock shifter. Taking the console apart is very easy. I had the kirban in my 99 coupe and the ripper in my z06. The kirban was a bit easier to shift. It required less effort. I did experience the buzzing with the ripper at WOT. Fixed it by wrapping some electrical tape on the thread prior to reinstalling the shift knob. You can't go wrong with any of the aftermarket shifter.
 

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Re: Re: Who has installed the Ripper??

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... you will never miss a shift again, and your arm will get stronger... :) :) :) :D
Ditto here! Huge improvement, very easy install. Incredible difference over the stocker!! It is a must if you want to improve your driving experience and performance. Do it!!! :cheers: :cool: :D
 

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Love mine. Wrapped electrical tape around shifter threads and put on delrin Hardbar shifter. I also put a piece of a golf grip around the shifters lower part and wrapped it with electrical tape. I also left the factory shift boot on and put a two tone Ken King shifter over it. Makes install very quiet, like stock
 

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The Only thing I did not like about my ZO6 was the shifter. The Ripper solved that. Buy a good solid knob. :)
 

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BM Ripper

Great Shifter you will not be disappointed,1 1/2 hours from the easy direction they supply.

I put it on my 2000 coupe and have ordered it for my new Z06,
very easy install.

Bob Clark
Manchester CT::D
 
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