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Old 08-01-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Installed Vitesse Paddles

Picked up a set of paddle shifters from Vitesse Motorsports a few weeks ago and finally got around to installing them.

Installation: This was probably one of the easiest mods I've ever done. It took me less than a minute on each side after I reviewed the install video uploaded to YouTube by Vitesse. Popped out the pin holding the stock paddle and put the new paddles on and inserted the pin. Adjusted the paddle using the hex tool that came with the set. There is a screw on the back that allows you to adjust it.

Finish: The finish of the paddle shifters is excellent and beautiful. I did not see any of the issues I've read about nor had to make any changes to the finish. I recall reading about sharp/rough edges.

Overall: I definitely love the look and feel. Gives a much sportier look to the car and it feels so much better over stock. I also like the size of the paddles compared to stock which allow me to shift with my hands in a diff positions on the wheel compared to stock.

I do wish that they came in different colors to color match to either the exterior or interior of the car. I can get it done but would be nice to have the option at POS. Definitely not a deal breaker.



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Old 08-01-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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Looks fantastic. I would have them power coated it would be a quick job, you could do accent colors on the + - on the paddles to make them pop.
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Looks fantastic. I would have them power coated it would be a quick job, you could do accent colors on the + - on the paddles to make them pop.

I think I will do that. I picked up some touch up paint from GM for CRT and will do the +/- and see if I can do the emblem on the steering wheel using the brush. I'll post some pictures when I get that knocked out this weekend.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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That key looks dangerous, be careful!
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:06 PM   #5
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That key looks dangerous, be careful!
Actually, if GM thinks our keys are dangerous, those shifters aren't any safer . . .

That being said, I like them. They look very nice.
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Nice but I already hit the stock ones with my knees.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
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They look good. I have wanted these for a while but was worried that they might get in the way of the blinker and wiper controls. Still plenty of room to operate them?
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:45 PM   #8
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I installed a set a couple of weeks ago. Now the left hand down shift unit is loose from where it connects to the steering wheel. Not the paddle but the actual shifting mechanism. I dont see how the paddles or the install could have caused this, but it is what it is. It isnt totally disconnected so something is still holding it in place but it is really really loose.
The bad part is that I see no way to correct this. There are no screws etc from what I can see. Anyone have any thoughts?
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I installed a set a couple of weeks ago. Now the left hand down shift unit is loose from where it connects to the steering wheel. Not the paddle but the actual shifting mechanism. I dont see how the paddles or the install could have caused this, but it is what it is. It isnt totally disconnected so something is still holding it in place but it is really really loose.
The bad part is that I see no way to correct this. There are no screws etc from what I can see. Anyone have any thoughts?
Ill have to check mine but didn't notice any excess play. There is a small hex screw that adjust the travel distance when pressed. You may check that out, I would also remove it completely and check the spring that is there and see if it needs to be adjusted or replaced.
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They look good. I have wanted these for a while but was worried that they might get in the way of the blinker and wiper controls. Still plenty of room to operate them?
Plenty of room to operate the blinker and wiper. If you look at the third picture you can see the distance between the paddles and the controls.. Ill take some better shots today when I pick up my car from the detailed.

The paddles aren't too different from the stock in regards to how the sits behind the wheel and operates.
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forgot - No issues with my knee's hitting the shifters hahaha
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:13 AM   #12
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I installed the Vitesse paddles after I purchased my ZL1 in November 2012 and about 6 weeks ago and removed them and installed the kit for the gear shift. The kits were both easy to install but I personally like the ability to control the shifts from the shifter versus the steering column. I will install the Vitesse paddles on my 13 Camaro vert
(6 cyl)since I have them and they look good.
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forgot - No issues with my knee's hitting the shifters hahaha
I am 6'5", they tend to get in the way.
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Plenty of room to operate the blinker and wiper. If you look at the third picture you can see the distance between the paddles and the controls.. Ill take some better shots today when I pick up my car from the detailed.

The paddles aren't too different from the stock in regards to how the sits behind the wheel and operates.

Here are pictures showing the clearance. I think it's plenty. No issues




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Can you get these paddles in black?
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Can you get these paddles in black?

I didn't see that option but I've seen people plastic dip or get them powder coated.

I've seen a few on sale on the classified in the brushed aluminum or you can go to http://www.vitesse-motorsports.com/c...leshifters.htm

They are a vendor on the forums. They may be able to power coat but I didn't see that option on their site.
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They made them in black for a limited time. I bought mine from a member who had bought aluminum, then black.

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Ill have to check mine but didn't notice any excess play. There is a small hex screw that adjust the travel distance when pressed. You may check that out, I would also remove it completely and check the spring that is there and see if it needs to be adjusted or replaced.

I took the left one off, I dont believe it had anything to do with the issue. It is the actual unit mechanism that attaches to the steering wheel that has play in it up and down. It has a printed circuit board on top with the switch that engages the shift. I will find a way to secure it better. Just have to be careful of the electronics.
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