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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Broke off my shifter - WTF

Driving home a couple weeks ago, I shifted from 4 to 5, and the gear shifter didn't feel firm, but kinda like play dough. I thought "oh no, my tranny is about to go". But when I shifted from 5 to 6, the shifter BROKE OFF.

I took off the boot, took off the sleeve from the tranny, had my buddy pick me up, took the shifter and the sleeve with me, welded the two back together with a Hobart 110v with flux wire (temporary fix), let it slow cool, went back to the truck, installed it, and drove home. Cost me a headache and an hour. The shifter is in a slightly different location than it was, but it's a little closer to me now, and further away from the dash. So 4th is where 2nd normally was. Oh well, I can say I like this position a little better. I don't slap the upfitter switches when I bang into 6th anymore.

Still.....you gotta be kidding me.




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Last night, I put a grinder on every weld, new and old, heated it all up real good, I cut a gusset out of some 3/16" scrap, and I welded the snot out of it. Then I let it slow cool before painting it and installing it. It now has a gusset, bigger welds, and should hold up to my abuse. My luck, it'll break right above the gusset on the shifter. Don't laugh at my welds...the longest bead was less than an inch.





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stop slammin gears so hard. I have punched my radio but never broke a shifter. I shifted so fast my hand came off and busted my radio to hell

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Re: Broke off my shifter - WTF

Now i have pulled the shifter out of the tranny b4 in my old 85 but never broke it

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Daily driving, I don't shift hard at all, but when I'm gettin' after it... I made 12 passes in one day at a track in Baton Rouge, but that was months ago. I contribute it to a weak design. The angles, the force on that weld, no support, etc. Not too impressed with the Ford shifter in the '08 and up.

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Seems like a somewhat poor design from the factory, to much of an angle without enough support. If I had an 08 mine would be comming appart now and being re enforced to spare myself the down time.

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My 115-lb wife broke the shifter off in about the same place in her '83 F150. 'Course, hers came straight up out of the tranny, not backward and up like that. Agreed, that's a poor design.
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Damn meat head, be nicer next time
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Driving home a couple weeks ago, I shifted from 4 to 5, and the gear shifter didn't feel firm, but kinda like play dough. I thought "oh no, my tranny is about to go". But when I shifted from 5 to 6, the shifter BROKE OFF.

I took off the boot, took off the sleeve from the tranny, had my buddy pick me up, took the shifter and the sleeve with me, welded the two back together with a Hobart 110v with flux wire (temporary fix), let it slow cool, went back to the truck, installed it, and drove home. Cost me a headache and an hour. The shifter is in a slightly different location than it was, but it's a little closer to me now, and further away from the dash. So 4th is where 2nd normally was. Oh well, I can say I like this position a little better. I don't slap the upfitter switches when I bang into 6th anymore.

Still.....you gotta be kidding me.




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Last night, I put a grinder on every weld, new and old, heated it all up real good, I cut a gusset out of some 3/16" scrap, and I welded the snot out of it. Then I let it slow cool before painting it and installing it. It now has a gusset, bigger welds, and should hold up to my abuse. My luck, it'll break right above the gusset on the shifter. Don't laugh at my welds...the longest bead was less than an inch.




Can you say sea gull flew over an pooped on that shifter lol......... Just kidding man the welds dont look bad .

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Re-badge this thread as "Shifter reposition mod - easier reach for 5-6". Step 1 - break off shifter.....
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