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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 3:20 pm 
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I had an interesting experience on the weekend. At the intersection of burke road and dandenong road changing from 1st gear to 2nd gear, pulled the shifter back and the gear knob reached the back of the console lid!!!! I tried to shift again and the whole shifter came out in my hand!!! It so to get out of the intersection i slipped the clutch and limped into burke road. on the side i pulled apart the console to check it out.

turns out the shifter is just bolted on to the top of the box by four measily pop rivets!!! So all that shifting force is being put onto four screws. After jamming the gear into 1st with a screw driver i limped it home along princess doing 20kph in the left lane. so to get it fixed im putting on a rip shifter. at least the base plate on them is about 1cm thick!!! :evil:

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 9:26 pm 
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s**t !

Lucky you didn't collect someone while ripping the shifter out....

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 9:36 pm 
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Done the same in a Valiant mate. Limped home in 2nd. I guess some of the factory equipment are not designed for frisky treatment.

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 9:52 pm 
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Frisky treatment of his T5 is an understatement with Andrew... 8-)

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 9:55 pm 
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I am surprised it has lasted this long andrew, ESPECIALLY after shep :wink: 8-)

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:39 pm 
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Wow, im sureprised min has stayed in for so long then!

I had that problem with my single rail in my XY, they are really bad for it

 

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Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 11:33 pm 
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where can u get better shifters/shift kits for the t5's from and how much they worth?

 

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Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 12:38 am 
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what model car are you talking about.. i'm pretty sure my eb shifter is held on by 2 big bolts
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Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 3:39 pm 
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I thought my T5 was held on by 2 big bolts also?

 

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Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 5:00 pm 
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Andrew is talking talking about the point where shifter stick enters the back of the box.

Its a black metal plate, about 1mm thick held down 4 bolts. The shifter mechanism is held on by 4 crappy pop rivets to this metal plate. The metal seems so thin that over time and stress, the pop rivets just pull out of the plate...

Aparently the roadside service man that assisted Andrew in his plight told him that he has seen this 4 times already this year.

So it must be a common problem with age.

I really feel for Andrew here. It must have killed him driving home at 20km/h... Poor Bastard... :D
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Posted: Wed May 25, 2005 3:29 pm 
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hey commhelp, what drugs are you smokin man? at shep i had a STOCK STANDARD CAR!! T5 was done recently.bueller heloooo.... :wink: T5 was recent. As an update i got the mick webb SVO riup shift installed for 490$. well f**k me is it great, shifts are so tight (just the way it should be :wink: ) and so much faster as well.

 

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Posted: Wed May 25, 2005 3:35 pm 
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andrewsfutura wrote:
Well f**k me is it great, shifts are so tight (just the way it should be :wink: ) and so much faster as well.


And what are you comparing the tightness too mate... As for being faster, I heard that was one of your faults. :D
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Posted: Wed May 25, 2005 4:00 pm 
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oh yeah andrew. I must have been in another world :roll:

 

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