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Ugh, I posted in the wrong forum. Betcha I catch hell for it.

Anyhow, anyone know where I can find a 5 speed shift gate, so you can visually see what gear you're in, kinda like Ferrari/Lambo? I've been on serveral sites and found nothing.

Please help. Thanks!
 

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I've been thinking about giving it a try, full well knowing that the shifter at the end of those cables isn't the most precise of units... but if I can get the gates just to not look like absolute crap, I might make a few of 'em.
 

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Originally posted by Dr. Isotope@Oct 7 2005, 11:47 AM
I've been thinking about giving it a try, full well knowing that the shifter at the end of those cables isn't the most precise of units... but if I can get the gates just to not look like absolute crap, I might make a few of 'em.
If you can do this, I'm interested in buying.

If you want to try something a little easier initially, my other suggestion would be just a single cut-out, not a patterned cut-out. Or, make the design three-plate; a top plate that's a square or rectangular cut-out (clean and easy to do), the center plate which is much smaller and big enough just to block the cutout of the top piece in all gears, and then a bottom retaining piece that is cut gated. In fact, if you make this part very cleanly, it gives the purchaser the option of choosing either the single opening or the gated look, since you can just swap the top or bottom plates--and, it saves you on cutting, since you'd only have to cut a gate pattern into one of the plates; the bottom plate isn't visible anyway, thanks to the center plate (the plate the locks onto the shifter and slides with it).

Does my description make sense?

-Ed
 

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After reading it several times, yes, it does. But the purpose of my "gated" idea look is to mimic that of the Ferrari - so you can visually see where you need to put your shifter for the next gear. I dont know, I think that it would look pretty freakin' sweet... if you were able to modify the boot so you're not scraping the shifter on the gated plate. If that makes sense.

Hmm. My friends dad owns a tool shop and I'm wondering if I were to explain this idea to him, if he'd be interested in helping out. I bet if it was machined precisely, it could work.
 

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Or you could take a piece of aluminum and cut it with a Dremel
 
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