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Old 05-12-2012, 04:29 PM
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B&M Z-Gate shifter operation

I'm looking at a B&M Z-Gate shifter for my Nova. I know basically how it works as a gate shifter vs. a rachet-type. My question is, if the trigger is pulled up, can the stick be easily moved to all positions? For instance, if I pull up the trigger can I go straight to reverse without doing anything else? I'm tired of rachet shifters where you have rachet all the way through the gears to neutral, pick up the stick and pull a spring loaded trigger and try to get into reverse. I'd rather just pull the trigger up and go to the gear I want.

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if its like the b&m mega shifter, you pull up and go to r,n,and d, all in one motion, then you can ratchet to 1 and 2
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I think the z-gate doesn't ratchet. It only works going foward. With the stick in first, you bang the stick foward one gear at a time but the stick doesn't spring back like a ratchet. It moves forward and stays forword. I have a V-Matic now and you have to pull up on the trigger while simutaniously pull up/pull back and then push down to get from park to drive. I much rather just pull up on a trigger and move to the gear I want than mess around with all that up/down monkey motion.
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Just a few seconds with Google found the definitive answer. Check page 8 for operation instructions...

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I read the instructions before posting. I just wanted to clarify that once the trigger was lifted, the stick could be freely moved between all gears. The instructions only describe going from one gear to another.
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I read the instructions before posting. I just wanted to clarify that once the trigger was lifted, the stick could be freely moved between all gears. The instructions only describe going from one gear to another.
Pulling up the little 'T' handle lets you move easily through the gears. That's a pretty good though inexpensive shifter for a street driven car(or at least 10 years ago it was a good product)
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Thank you! I've damaged some tendons in my arm/wrist and have trouble pushing down/pulling up my current V-Matic while holding up on the stiffly spring tensioned trigger. The Z-Gate looks to be the ticket.
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