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Chopped auto shifter (with pics) by $Rich$
Started on: 02-13-2005 02:19 AM
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Report this Post02-13-2005 02:19 AM Click Here to See the Profile for $Rich$Click Here to Email $Rich$Send a Private Message to $Rich$Direct Link to This Post
i did about 1-1/2" drop on my auto shifter and it is ALOT more comfy now !
my hand feels much more at home resting on it a bit lower than stock,
it was a great free mod, i thought i'd share with Ya'll
i did this mod last summer, and i dont remember the exact amount that was removed
but i was bored so i thought i'd do a little write-up on it for everyone
i just got out the saws-all and chopped off the metal, and snipped a few beeds off the bottom of the plastic shifter insert, (same amount off the bottom of the plastic that i removed from the metal ass.)
then when i cut the 2 slots down on the ahifter ass, i did them at about a 1 O'clock angle VS 12 O' clock that the stock is, so now the shift knob is more Ergonomically (sp?) correct, it seems to fit the angle of the wrist better,
real easy to do, i have NOT yet, made 2 notches in the side for the shift knob clip so the knob just sits on there, but it is tight
this is real easy to do and only took about 15 min start to finish!!
here are some lousy pics

pic taken in Neutral





the tape measure was placed right on the sift plate bezel right next to the shift boot, the measurement is kind of hard to reed because of the bad camera angle but the top of the metal shift ass. is right at 3-3/4"
and with the shift knob installed .. the highest point on the shift knob is 5" in neutral, which is a HUGE improvment over stock

the differance is night and day, i totally love it, its one of my favorite FREE MODS and it looks ALOT better than stock,
and the angle of the knob really feels ALOT better aswell

i just thought i'd share


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Report this Post02-13-2005 04:51 AM Click Here to See the Profile for F-I-E-R-OClick Here to Email F-I-E-R-OSend a Private Message to F-I-E-R-ODirect Link to This Post
Awesome! I went to the junk yard Sat. to replace a broken windshield washer spritzer thingy that the previous owner had tried to repair with super glue and came across a Grand Am snake head shifter. I wanted to do something different with my shifer, and since I had never seen a posting about shortening the auto shifter, I figured I'd try the snake head. Me no likey. Too tall, and I have to reach forward to shift out/in park. I had been thinking about wanting to do what you did for a while. After reading your post, I want to start on doing this myself but it's 4:44 am and my wife and daughter like to sleep in late! Thanks for posting the photos. I hate to have to read through a bunch of directions, let me look a photo and I'm off to get the job done. I think the only thing more I would so is get my wife to... wait, I will take the boot and use the sewing machine to shorten it to match the newly adjusted shifter. (oops, almost left out the "f")
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Report this Post02-13-2005 11:20 AM Click Here to See the Profile for $Rich$Click Here to Email $Rich$Send a Private Message to $Rich$Direct Link to This Post
i wouldnt even boter with shortening the boot its not really noticable in person
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Report this Post02-13-2005 11:31 AM Click Here to See the Profile for FIEROPHREKSend a Private Message to FIEROPHREKDirect Link to This Post
cool i was gonna do that to my firebird shifter to give it that jet fighter throttle feel but got rid of the bird when i got my fiero
edit to add: Were did you get that radio block off plate with the fiero logo on it ? I like !

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Report this Post02-13-2005 05:18 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Riceburner98Click Here to Email Riceburner98Send a Private Message to Riceburner98Direct Link to This Post
The radio plate thread is here: http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/047942.html I think it looks great too! I also did the short shifter thing yesterday, but butchered the thing because I only had a wood 4x4, my foot, and a reciprocating saw to cut it. I didn't get the slots perfect, so I can't get the shift knob all the way down to the clip grooves that I cut. But the thing ends up wedged on nice and tight, so it's all good. Definitely a much better feel! Now I have to redesign the thing anyway, so I can get "Park" from the bottom to the top of the shifter range.... Dang 3800 swap.

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Report this Post02-13-2005 10:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieClick Here to Email RonnieSend a Private Message to RonnieDirect Link to This Post
Quick question for you. Does the shortened shifter interfere with pulling the shifter all the way back into 1st gear? Seems like it might not allow enough movement of the shifter without interference. Let me know , because I've been wanting to do this to mine. Thanks.
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Report this Post02-13-2005 10:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for $Rich$Click Here to Email $Rich$Send a Private Message to $Rich$Direct Link to This Post
mine goes into 1st just fine
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Report this Post02-13-2005 10:52 PM Click Here to See the Profile for RonnieClick Here to Email RonnieSend a Private Message to RonnieDirect Link to This Post
Thanks Rich. What I wanted to know.
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Report this Post02-13-2005 11:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for USFieroSend a Private Message to USFieroDirect Link to This Post
l did this on my car (the standard question is "Is this so you can shift from Park to Reverse faster?") mostly because I detested the T handle and the height of the assembly. And I couldn't put CDs in the Pioneer head unit with it in Park. I cut mine just over an inch and got a Buick leather automatic round knob to make it all smaller. I used a hacksaw on the shaft after shortening the plastic insert and measuring the difference in length (I cut and glued the white plastic part) so I wouldn't have to do a lot of tweaking after the fact. I did mine on a spare shifter out of the car. Cut the vertical notches with the hacksaw, broke off the parts to leave the grooves and filed it to make it smooth. Then I hacksawed the grooves on the side for the retaining clip. The stock knob is not straight, it's at a slight angle towards the driver. I straightened mine since I was going to the round knob and not putting the T back on. Painted it with Rustoleum, unfolded the auto boot and cut off an inch then folded it back. It doesn't affect the alignment of the indicator at all. If I had PIP I'd post a pic.

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Report this Post02-15-2005 07:41 PM Click Here to See the Profile for sonic50Click Here to Email sonic50Send a Private Message to sonic50Direct Link to This Post
How long does it take to do. I would like to do this to my car also.

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Report this Post02-15-2005 10:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for USFieroSend a Private Message to USFieroDirect Link to This Post
This is a quick and easy mod,,, a morning's project if you're organized.
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Report this Post04-17-2005 04:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero2m41Click Here to Email Fiero2m41Send a Private Message to Fiero2m41Direct Link to This Post
Hey i just did this today to my shifter i think it was about a good 2 + inches i took off well anyways i put my shifter back on and it felt like it wasnt shifting right. So i cut the beaded plastic down a little more and it it worked only at times. It seems that it kept slipping off of the base at the bottom of the hole you stick it down. And now i cant shift. Well i can but i gotta stick my hand down in and under and pull the lever manually. Anyone else have problems with this? It looks like im gonna hafta go to the junk yard and get another one. And guess how much i cut off. Oh and i was wondering in park how high does the beaded plastic stick out. I just cant seem to figure out what i did wrong.
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Report this Post06-10-2005 01:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for SkratchClick Here to visit Skratch's HomePageClick Here to Email SkratchSend a Private Message to SkratchDirect Link to This Post
I did mine this morning and had the same problem.
I took about 2" off mine as well.
My problem was solved by replacing the plastic piece with an steel rod.
I found an old piece of a rifle cleaning kit and trimmed it slowly to the right length and got it working perfectly now.
It looks flat out awesome with the short shifter, now all I need is to lower the car and chop it to match.
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Report this Post06-10-2005 01:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for $Rich$Click Here to Email $Rich$Send a Private Message to $Rich$Direct Link to This Post
i dont have ANY problems with mine and its been a good 8 months now, i just cut off the same off the plastic as i cut off the shaft, and mine works great
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Report this Post06-10-2005 08:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Saber49Click Here to Email Saber49Send a Private Message to Saber49Direct Link to This Post
looks like a good mod rich... im a fan of the stock look though. and i really really don't like bunched up leather boots... espeically when people tuck them under the shift nob... but to each there own... mine is rolled over the shifter knob so you get a nice clean look. but otherwise looks like it might be a useful little mod.

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Report this Post06-10-2005 10:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero2m41Click Here to Email Fiero2m41Send a Private Message to Fiero2m41Direct Link to This Post
I had the same problem with mine. I havent fixed it yet. Well i tried .. i used a pushrod (i think) from a 350 ford . I ended up cutting it to short. I use my shifter with out a handle for now and push down on the pushrod. What you can do for temporary is use a screwdriver instead of digging down into the shifter assembely.

Here is mine looking like it works... lol I dont really care that i dont have the knob on now as you can see i still have other things to fix also lol. zipties are my best friend...

OH! and btw Saber49 you can tuck the boot down instead of going up and it doesnt look bunched up. As you can see in mine . It can look better that was just a last second put together


oh and btw i only had a sawzall and dremel to use lol!..

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Report this Post06-11-2005 12:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for doublec4Click Here to Email doublec4Send a Private Message to doublec4Direct Link to This Post
Good thread, I did the same thing last year too. I put a manual knob on my auto though... I didn't even have a dremel to use. I only had one of those copper pipe cutters, what a pain in the ass. You can find my write up here, on my interior page:

www.cardomain.com/id/doublec4

I cut it a bit short and the boot bunches up but I'll fix that eventually.

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Report this Post06-11-2005 05:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Saber49Click Here to Email Saber49Send a Private Message to Saber49Direct Link to This Post
Yea thats a good idea too... but what i mean by tucked over the shift knob is like this...

So basically now it creates a nice little sleeve over the knob and looks cleaner and less scrunched and it prevents crease lines over time.

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Report this Post06-11-2005 07:45 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero2m41Click Here to Email Fiero2m41Send a Private Message to Fiero2m41Direct Link to This Post
IMO tucked over the knob makes it look stock again.

Tuck it in like i did. looks 200 percent better . (push the bubble of the boot down instead of up)

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