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Author Topic:   Need a new shifter for my C4 with neutral safety switch and button for brake
70coupe
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From: Toronto,Ontario,Canada
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posted 08-13-2002 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which shifter do you guys recommend for my C4 with manual forward pattern valve body. I would like a button for the transbrake and it needs to have a neutral safety switch. Next question: My tranny doesn't have a neutral safety switch so I need to get a shifter that has one. How is it installed to the tranny if I dont have a switch on the tranny?

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steve'66
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posted 08-13-2002 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
B&M's ProRatchet is a good one ($171 at Summit). You'll never miss a shift with this shifter and it has a neutral safety switch and a back-up light switch (which is handy to activate the trans brake so reverse will work). Just buy a knob with a button in it for your line lock, either t-handle or ball.

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70coupe
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posted 08-13-2002 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already have the line lock connected to a separate button and I'm happy with where its located. Basically, I just need to have the tranbrake wired to the shifter. So how do you connect the brake using the back up light switch? I understand buying the new handle part just not the wiring.

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steve'66
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posted 08-13-2002 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you wire 12 volts through the back-up light switch to the t-brake then when you shift to R the car will go in reverse.

You will still want a t-brake button for launching.

SteveW

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capri man
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posted 08-13-2002 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cheeta, the only way to go!!!

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steve'66
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posted 08-13-2002 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I knew some one would say Cheeta

Great shifter from all the reports that we've heard! But we were too frugal (cheap) LOL
But, the pro ratchet has worked very well once I bent the brackets to the correct alignment.

Cheeta is the best

SteveW

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Dave_C
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posted 08-14-2002 01:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have always had got luck/service from the Hurst Qtr stick. It's a good unit, perhaps not as fancy as the Cheetah, but it works well.

On the trans-brake button: I would not put it on the shifter. Put it on the steering wheel, dash or roll bar. You can be more consistent that way. To use a button on the shifter requires you to use more arm msucles than anything else. Up close on the steering wheel requires mostly hand and wrist movement.

Later,

David Cole

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kid vishus
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posted 08-14-2002 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use a B&M Pro stick. It's cheap, and I ahve never h ad any problems with it. Also, I agree with not putting the button on the shfter. I did that for awhile, but my lights were inconsistent. There is no natural way to release the button with it being there. I have my button mounted on the floor in front of and towards the side (clesest my leg) of the shifter. I use all arm to release the button. Most guys do. Watch the Top Et/ Super Pro dragster guys run awhile. They all snap their whole arm back towards them when they release the button. The most important part, is to find a spot where you are comfortable holding the button down. With mine being where it is, my arm has a slight bend in the elbow, but is in a natural postion (like if you are sitting in a chair and reach down by your side to touch the outside edge of your calf right below you knee). When we put the switch in my car (actually both of them) I sat in them for quite awhile testing different places to try the switch. I dont like it on the steering wheel, but that's just personal preference.

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70coupe
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posted 08-17-2002 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought the Turbo Action Cheetah. It seems everyone I talk to that has owned one says there the best but a little pricey. Thanks for your input.

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