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Old 08-07-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Custom paddle shifters?

Anyone else notice how lame the paddle shifter design is on this car?

The buttons are way to low for competitive driving. If I go for an upshift I end up hitting the wiper switch a lot. Its annoying. We need the shift levers exteded upward. I would throw down instant cash to be able to shift (the whole point of paddle shifters) without moving my hands.

Anybody tear into the steering wheel yet? It cant be that hard to modify the buttons.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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Heres my idea, excuse my awsome paint abilities. It works though and you get the hint



It would be 1000 times easier to shift with lever like this. And no I dont want them in red, I just suck at any sort of picture doctoring and wanted you to be able to see my idea.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:20 PM   #3
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Umm, if you are using the paddle, isn't your hands suppose to stay on the steering wheel? So why would you hit your wiper or turn signal arms?

However the only problem i have is when i have to turn sharp and then i can't get to the paddle in good time because it's in a way off position. But when I'm in road racing mode (or having fun dodging in and out of highway traffic), I only need to turn the wheel no more than 100° either way and my hands don't need to come off the wheel. I love the shifters for this but it's not for every type of driving situation.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:47 PM   #4
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Umm, if you are using the paddle, isn't your hands suppose to stay on the steering wheel? So why would you hit your wiper or turn signal arms?
Im saying the buttons are so low down I have to slide my hands from their normal driving position to hit the switch. I dont have girl hand so ocassionally they hit the wiper when i slid my hand to shift. I can hit the buttons with my pinky but that doesnt feel natural.

Sit in an evox MR and you will see what paddle shifters should feel like.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:22 AM   #5
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I would much preffer a floor shifter with a dual gate
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:35 PM   #6
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Anyone open up a steering wheel yet? I found some paddles that would fit the overall design of the interior. I just need to come up with a way to attach them that functions well and doesnt look ghetto.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:57 PM   #7
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Mod it with Ping Pong Paddles. Maybe you should have bought an M6 instead.
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I agree about the location. They need to be more visible. I wish there was an alternate set of buttons on the side of the shifter or something as well. This would let you shift regardless of the steering angle and also allow you to shift up without reaching up with your right hand--as I rarely have both hands on the wheel anyhow. Or maybe at minium just reverse the + and - so I could shift up with my left.
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Take a look at the higher end cars(Ferrari). They have great paddle designs.
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:44 AM   #10
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Anyone open up a steering wheel yet? I found some paddles that would fit the overall design of the interior. I just need to come up with a way to attach them that functions well and doesnt look ghetto.
Try 5 minute epoxy
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:45 AM   #11
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Anyone open up a steering wheel yet? I found some paddles that would fit the overall design of the interior. I just need to come up with a way to attach them that functions well and doesnt look ghetto.
Try 5 minute epoxy or gorilla glue.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:20 AM   #12
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Yea I'm waiting on something like this to come out as well. I have fairly small hands and to use the oem paddle shifters I have to basically use my little finger to reach it and keep my hands in the correct position..
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:50 AM   #13
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I have gotten used to placing my hands at 3-o'clock and 9-o'clock when shifting. The only time it is a pain is on a tight corner. It would be a nice option to have extended paddles for those that prefer 2-o'clock and 10-o'clock hand positions.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:29 AM   #14
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Would definitely be an advantage to everyone to have this issue resolved. I enjoy the shifting but can't after a certain point in my steering.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:07 PM   #15
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I mocked up some new shifters. The shift buttons simply pop out. I then drilled 3 small holes and screwed the new paddle on top of the button with a layer of epoxy in between. I took it out for a test drive and it works pretty good. If someone designs a real one they would benifit to bend the tops of the paddles in slightly to help clear the wiper and turn signal levers. All in all it works pretty good. Im still disappointed in the overall quality of the stock button, as it seriously is like an xbox button to shift.

Here are some quick pics I snapped





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Old 10-23-2009, 09:05 PM   #16
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The Vette paddles can be pushed or pulled using your thumb either way. Honestly every time I have used paddle shifters it is fun for about 20 minutes.......put it in sport mode and let it eat you pretty much can't outshift it. I do understand transmission breaking is an advantage but straight line you pretty much can't outshift it....
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:16 PM   #17
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I have gotten used to placing my hands at 3-o'clock and 9-o'clock when shifting. The only time it is a pain is on a tight corner. It would be a nice option to have extended paddles for those that prefer 2-o'clock and 10-o'clock hand positions.

The proper position for the hands is three and nine as you are doing.

Down shifting is done before turning the wheel and upshifts should only be done when you are close to straight ahead. Shifting should not be done while in the turn. Try it this way and see if the paddles are not easier to use. Let me know how it works.

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Old 12-26-2009, 05:56 PM   #18
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I mocked up some new shifters. The shift buttons simply pop out. I then drilled 3 small holes and screwed the new paddle on top of the button with a layer of epoxy in between. I took it out for a test drive and it works pretty good. If someone designs a real one they would benifit to bend the tops of the paddles in slightly to help clear the wiper and turn signal levers. All in all it works pretty good. Im still disappointed in the overall quality of the stock button, as it seriously is like an xbox button to shift.

Here are some quick pics I snapped





Lets have some more details: like what did you use for buttons and does it actually work well? I would think you had to pivot the levor so that the (factory) button is depressed. Truth be told this design SUCKS, but a redesign of the steering wheel with true paddles would be a home run. Any more info or images would be helpful.
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:04 PM   #19
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Take a look at the higher end cars(Ferrari). They have great paddle designs.
The paddles need to come from the column not the wheel like the Ferrari.
They are useless on a road track or making turns...
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I mocked up some new shifters. The shift buttons simply pop out. I then drilled 3 small holes and screwed the new paddle on top of the button with a layer of epoxy in between. I took it out for a test drive and it works pretty good. If someone designs a real one they would benifit to bend the tops of the paddles in slightly to help clear the wiper and turn signal levers. All in all it works pretty good. Im still disappointed in the overall quality of the stock button, as it seriously is like an xbox button to shift.

Here are some quick pics I snapped


I posted a similar Idea back in November when someone started a thread about how bad the button shifters were.. glad someone actually did it...
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Suggestion.. For those that think the paddle shifters are too small or hard to operate get you a flat piece of aluminum about 1/8 inch thick, cut it about 4 inches long and curved so it matches the steering wheel curvature... Use 3M automotive tape or Some epoxy and attach them to the existing pads, make sure you have also offset the paddles to a comfortable shifting postition. take a dremel tool and cut off the + and - paddles. Then you will have custom Paddle shifters for the Camaro...
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The paddles need to come from the column not the wheel like the Ferrari.
They are useless on a road track or making turns...
i agree someone needs to design paddles that are stationary mounted on the steering column and also come up with a tranny tune to make it shift instantaniously like now and a stutter rev limiter that does not just shut down the fuel but just limits rpm. when you hit the rev limmiter the way it is now you have completely lost the race and that is aggravating. yes you can use sport mode for perfect shifts but tap shift is a joke there is no need for it the way it is now.
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i agree someone needs to design paddles that are stationary mounted on the steering column and also come up with a tranny tune to make it shift instantaniously like now and a stutter rev limiter that does not just shut down the fuel but just limits rpm. when you hit the rev limmiter the way it is now you have completely lost the race and that is aggravating. yes you can use sport mode for perfect shifts but tap shift is a joke there is no need for it the way it is now.
The paddle shifters on the Spyders is exactly what I'd like to see on this. I drive it in manual sometimes on my way home and man, turning left at a light sucks! I have my hands tied up between turning the wheel and trying to shift at the same time and it's a mess! If someone mocked up some paddle shifters I'd definitely be in line to purchase!
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We have been doing some research on this lately and have a pretty good idea of what we would need to do to make it something we would be willing to put our name on and offer it up to the masses. Our big hold up right now is having the time to take it from paper to a physical prototype.
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Yea I'm waiting on something like this to come out as well. I have fairly small hands and to use the oem paddle shifters I have to basically use my little finger to reach it and keep my hands in the correct position..
I have huge hands and just use my pinky to shift most of the time.
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