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That darn shifter

This is a discussion on That darn shifter within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; For anyone who has an A4 tranny you know what I'm talking about. The plastic thing around the gear shift ...

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    That darn shifter

    For anyone who has an A4 tranny you know what I'm talking about. The plastic thing around the gear shift rattles and drives me up the wall! I get around 2000 RPMs and bbbbbzzzzzzzzzz! Does anyone know how to install a leather boot on our cars? Any pics would help.

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    Heck yeah I know what you mean. Hadn't considered the possibility of replacing that. Interesting idea...

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    Certainly not perfect I think a boot out of an a4 vette would work much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    Heck yeah I know what you mean. Hadn't considered the possibility of replacing that. Interesting idea...
    Yeah I heard of someone on here or LS1tech doing it. Right now I have a piece of folded paper shoved in there to it doesn't rattle as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    What I did
    Modded center console
    Certainly not perfect I think a boot out of an a4 vette would work much better
    How hard was it to get the console out and did you have to cut the shifter down any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    What I did
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    Certainly not perfect I think a boot out of an a4 vette would work much better
    Ooh I like that. I never liked the standard t-bar shifter, that knob shifter with the leather boot looks much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transamgirl89 View Post
    How hard was it to get the console out and did you have to cut the shifter down any?
    It isn't hard at all just a couple of screws, I don't think cutting the shifter down is an option since the button mechanism on the top runs down the center of the shifter.
    c-clip in front of the shifter, 2 screws in the center console and 2 bolts in the very front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    something in an fbody buzz's? no wai.
    HAHA! More like what doesn't buzz/rattle in these cars. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    Ooh I like that. I never liked the standard t-bar shifter, that knob shifter with the leather boot looks much better.
    Camaro's have that design while the pontiacs have the T-I don't blame you

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    You'll do all that work only to find out it's the button itself not the knob..

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    Quote Originally Posted by third_shift|studios View Post
    something in an fbody buzz's? no wai.
    Quote Originally Posted by transamgirl89 View Post
    HAHA! More like what doesn't buzz/rattle in these cars. lol
    No buzzes or rattles here. I wont allow it..
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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    Camaro's have that design while the pontiacs have the T-I don't blame you
    Hmmm anybody know if the Camaro shifter can be put into the Firebird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    Hmmm anybody know if the Camaro shifter can be put into the Firebird?
    Yes.
    Shifter is exactly the same.
    Yes, the knobs can be swapped also.
    Pull the clip, lift the handle, replace in reverse, ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    Hmmm anybody know if the Camaro shifter can be put into the Firebird?
    If the Firebird Tshifter fits the Camaro, then the Camaro one would fit the Firebird as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    If the Firebird Tshifter fits the Camaro, then the Camaro one would fit the Firebird as well


    To add: just about any of the GM auto console knobs will work on your stem.. There a few that wont too but they are'nt common enough to worry about.. You could take the "T" handle out of a 1982 cavalier wagon and install it on a 2002 f-bod.. lol Hell the cloth seats in 4th gen Camaro's could pass for 82 Cavalier too.
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    Aha so I can just change out the knob, that's excellent. Thanks for the info guys...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post


    To add: just about any of the GM auto console knobs will work on your stem.. There a few that wont too but they are'nt common enough to worry about.. You could take the "T" handle out of a 1982 cavalier wagon and install it on a 2002 f-bod.. lol Hell the cloth seats in 4th gen Camaro's could pass for 82 Cavalier too.
    The seats in the 80's firebirds are exactly the same as the ones in the last generation, it's amazing w/ how thrifty these guys are that they ever went under in the first place

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    The seats in the 80's firebirds are exactly the same as the ones in the last generation, it's amazing w/ how thrifty these guys are that they ever went under in the first place
    Well I could go into the "why" but this is'nt the place. But a couple of years before the force out GM's CEO was among the best in the nation. A couple years later they throw him to the wolves, and stuck a liberal in his place.. Hmmm
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