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Old 07-05-2019, 10:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, first time posting.

I just bought a 1992 Stealth RT Turbo, and upon taking it for my first drive (test drive was fine), I was noticing a bit of play in the shifter. I wrote it off as the knob likely not being tight enough and continued on my drive, but unfortunately on a downshift the shifter snapped off.

I was looking around for replacement parts and the unit I have looked kind of similar to this, but it could be OEM, I have nothing really to compare it to. I attached some images at the bottom.

I was wondering if anyone had any insight as to whether it was a butchered modification of the OEM shifter (I can see what I think are sanding marks, and then the two obvious weld spots), a cheaply made aftermarket one, etc. as well as where I should be looking for either an OEM replacement (full height, not cut), or a high quality aftermarket one (any height).

Here's some images for reference.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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Old 07-05-2019, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The one you have on your car is the 3sx bearing loaded short shifter, not OEM. I included a picture for reference.
I donít see how it broke because those are made of good quality. The previous owner must be really aggressive when shifting lol.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking, I linked to that one in OP, but the texture seemed to be different (maybe the lighting used for the product photo?). Is it normal for them to only have tack welds instead of all the way around the joint, and for the welds to degrade like they did (at least that's what it looks like with the discoloration)?

I honestly thought the shifter was cut twice and welded back together poorly. It's really concerning that a $200 USD aftermarket shifter would do that, especially right after I bought it.
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Old 07-05-2019, 10:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Maybe the previous owner tried to modify it some way for height likening. Not sure. If you have a welder, weld that one back on for a quick fix or just buy another one of your choice.
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Wow I broke that same shifter exactly the same way at the national gathering in indy drag racing. 2011 iirc. I ran the next pass using vice grips for a shifter and ran a 12.1.

If you want to keep it just grind off the coating and get someone to put a strong weld on it. I just migged mine at the time.

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Wow I broke that same shifter exactly the same way at the national gathering in indy drag racing. 2011 iirc. I ran the next pass using vice grips for a shifter and ran a 12.1.

If you want to keep it just grind off the coating and get someone to put a strong weld on it. I just migged mine at the time.

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If you cant get someone to weld it I will if you pay shipping.

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Have the same one in mine. Broke it twice when I had a weighted knob. Had a buddy weld it pretty good for me each time. Went back to the stock knob to avoid it breaking again lol


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Got it welded back on and seems to be going well now. I had a weird issue where it wouldn't go into any gear when the engine was running, for about a day, then I came back and haven't had an issue since. Any ideas on that?
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Usually that's clutch hydraulics related. Slave Cylinder, leaks, master cylinder, or needs bleeding.
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That was my first thought too. I bled the clutch this weekend and it hasn't happened since. The fluid levels haven't dropped at all so I don't think there's any leaks in the lines.

If it happens again, would that point to an internal pressure failure in one of the cylinders? I heard pumping the clutch may provide temporary relief of symptoms if that happens in traffic, is that true?
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