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Old November 10th, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Hotrod style gearstick.

I need to modify/fabricate a new gearstick to clear my CB radio.
I've been thinking about adding a bend here and there and extending the rod,
hotrod style.
but I'd rather have a whole new one made from scratch.

I don't know what the insert is for and if it's best to be kept for optimal operation.
I thought it has something to do with the "balance" of the stick, but I can't see how...

Anybody know?
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:29 AM
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Damper?
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:34 AM
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Hmm probably to allow for LHD v rhd gearsticks.
Figure out where to needs to go heat and bend.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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From a thread found online it seems to be a damper, as my fabricator hinted this morning...it's rubber cushioned inside.
I can't see the need for a damper

I will probably chop the whole stick off the engagement ring and put the new one in place.
Then switch gears with plenty of love (which I already do).
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:37 AM
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I always thought it was the modern replacement for that roll of duct tape that is normal in Series trucks
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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LOL!

Hey Keith!
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it is a damper, so when gears are scratched and or vibrations exist, they don't transfer to the operators hand, it is very common on big rigs.. trust me if you scratch a gear or a gear jumps you are glad that damper is there, other wise you will have a very sore wrist for a while...
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Old November 10th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Bending and extending a stock one to keep it would probably mean a bodge job...I don't know...thanks for the infos!
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1 Ton press action...et voilą
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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:12 PM
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Lookin good man. Looks a bit like an old series stick or maybe one off of an old Chevy SM420 or SM465
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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:31 PM
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Thanks Dan!
It's similar to the Series stick (at least at a glance at my 109"), but with an extra bend right before the handle.
I rattlecan sprayed it this evening (pure hotrod style, eh), will install it tomorrow.
It took a couple of adjustments tho, first it was too closed angled, and covered the underdrive red knob...heated with a torch and opened too much later, bent again and finally got it right

It looks good and works well, I love it.

Eyeball handle, that would be stylish
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After the 1st road test I can say it works very well
It may look a tad funky but I can now slot 4 gears in with 2 fingers without leaving the steering wheel
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