First, let me say thanks to Maxamoose for installing this for me since I'm a mechanical waterhead.
We all know how rubbery and unprecise our 6-speed transmissions feel. The Ripshifter is your cure.
My initial thought was that it was going to take a while to learn to re-shift a transmission with short, mechanical, precise throws. The entire shift pattern of the ripshift takes up the space of the normal 1, 2, 3, 4 shifts (from left to right), so it's very tight. However, it took about 2 seconds to learn where everything is, because a simple pull from first moves you right into 2nd, from second you just push forward and you're in 3rd. A flick of the wrist moves you into 4th, 5th and 6th. Reverse is no longer over on the passenger side of the car. The description on the box said it reduced the throws by 30%, but it feels like signficantly more than that to me.
I shifted several times from 6th down to pass in 3rd and didn't miss the gear...so watch out Mr. Chevelle guy...when I find you, you're going DOWN!
This is by far the best modification I've made to the car. The shifter should have felt like this from the factory. It's so mechanical-feeling and precise that I feel almost part of the car. There's no question which gear you're in, or going into and it feels much more natural than the stock shifter did.
For anyone who is hesitating about this shifter, DON'T.
It's *slightly* noisier than stock, but nowhere near annoying. All of the sound deadening equipment was replaced and the stock handle, leather boot and knob are used so it's a 100% stock appearance. It doesn't stick out quite as much as the stock shifter did though, I'd say it's 1-2" shorter.
--Stiff, precise, mechanical-feeling shifter
--Very easy to find the gears
--No more pushing halfway across the car to get into 5th, 6th and reverse
--Much FASTER shifts between gears with the reduced throws
--Fairly easy to install for someone who is experienced, it only took Maxamoose about an hour and a half. I believe that anyone who is good at following directions can install it though
--Looks 100% stock, for those of you who are interested in that
--How it should have come from the factory
--Slightly louder than stock
--May take 2 or 3 minutes to get used to
If you have any questions about it, I'd be happy to answer 'em.