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    RGAllen26
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    I'm an Idiot

    I bought a CAGS skip shift eliminator for my T-56, I plugged it in and it didn't work. I was "Pissed" to say the least. I jacked the T/A up and checked it again, low and behold, I plugged it in to the "reverse lock-out" solenoid by mistake. Long story short, when it's plugged into the right location, it works fine....... I guess I need to have a few less "MGDs" when I crawl under that thing.

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    It happens, just keep the battery cables away from nipples rings....OUCH!!

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    lol, thats no good....did your reverse lock out work fine?

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    haha that's funny, at least you figured it out

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    Yeah.....it still works.....Thats the first thing I checked.......Got lucky on that one

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    The instruction I got with my CAGS skip shift eliminator said you HAD to be drinking MGD's or it WOULDN'T work! lol!

    AKA, I'll bet you're LOVING rowing through the gears now!

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    what exactly does the skip shift eliminator do?

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    It stops the manual transmission cars from shifting 1st-4th gear

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhra-trans-am
    It stops the manual transmission cars from shifting 1st-4th gear
    True, but could we be more precise for those that might not know? GM, in an effort to meet the Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) numbers installed a solenoid in the 6 speed transmission which, under certain condition, locks out 2nd and 3rd gear and FORCES you to shift from 1st to 4th gear. 4th gear is a 1 to 1 ratio with the engine, so a lower rpm equal lower fuel consumption and better MPG numbers. It got the LS1 to pass the Federal regulation, but is a PITA to drive and damn-near dangerous in some situation. A CAGS (or shift skip) Eliminator send voltage to the solenoid and "trick" it into not engaging, thereby allowing you to shift into 2 and/or 3rd.

    Hope that's not too "brainy" for everyone!
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    1stbird, perfect explanation. It is a part of all T56 trannies, even the Vipers have a 1 to 4 lock out.

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    Glad to hear you figured it out.

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