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Old 04-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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An eventful Hurst Install

Well to say it was eventful would have been an understatement ! I installed my Hurst shifter this past weekend and it was quite the install . First let me say this was my first time using floor jacks as most work I have done in past has been with ramps or lift with that said I am starting P90X this week ! Getting the OEM knob off was much easier than expected I did lean to one side as to not smack myself in the face . So I get under the car take a look around and see that it is a tight space to work in but manageable . I took the boot off and then tried putting it back on again since I read here most say the boot is a PIA . Was not too bad actually considering what was ahead of me . Used a long needle nose and got the 2 clips off not much of a problem there . Got the pin out and the screws off the old shifter and yanked the old one out . Get the hurst shoved up in there and this is where it got comical , first screw goes up and sh#t if it did not fall behind the heatsheild , reach back in it and oh guess what there are some sharp edges in there , find the screw thankfully it was near the front wedged in . So I get one in , second one going in and sh#t if this one did not go behind the sheild , wayyy back . By this time I was somewhat should you say upset . Got my magnet out and fished it out . The "passenger side" was hard to get to . At the same time the damn boot was flopping and getting in the way . Cant they just design it with a PLATE or something ? Finally get it in , put a strip of the dynamat on the clips get boot on . So I am thinking hey hard parts over right , well I would say it was but getting the rubber grommet on the lower shifter part was hard as hell , blows the boot away for getting something on . Took it and got on the chrome stick , slid it back off and finally got it on . Slapped the neoprene in between got everything else done . Man that looks tough . Took it for a ride nice shifting , clicks right into gear . Got a vibration at about 3k rpms so I will get back under and apply some more dynamat maybe but vibration does not really bother me , seems old school kind of . All in all I am very happy with it compared to OEM . Oh and btw I did not lower the Tranny brace was not much of an issue but I bet it would have kept boot out of the way ?
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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I put mine in a few weeks ago. While not as troublesome as your experience I did manage to send one of the "irreplaceable" clips flying up under the heat shield. I just unbolted it and thankfully it fell right out.

I like it and it is definitely alot firmer and mechanical feeling. I also installed the Dynamat where it said to. I kind of wrapped it around the bottom, around both clips, which also covered the pin. My shifter seems to have a little drag or take a little effort putting into gear. Is yours like that or do you think that my Dynamat placement may be causing some trouble?
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #3
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Mine is the same , with the short throw there will be more effort . Dynamat should not effect it at all . Did yours also have the wrong wrench size for the ball ? Mine was actually metric and the instructions stated 9/16" .
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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Thanks, I've been a little paranoid about the Dynamat but I'm glad to hear mine is ok. My directions listed the correct wrench size in the directions. I don't have them handy but I think it was 10 or 12mm.
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