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Old 11-08-2007, 09:09 PM
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Lokar shifter height with base?

Hello all I am in the process of ordering a Lokar shifter but I cant find the base height anywhere. For instance I want a shifter with a overall height of 10 inches so I thought about getting the 10 inch model from Lokar but would it come to me and be higher because of the base that mounts to the floor. I am going with the floor mount model versus the transmission mount model. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Aaron

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Old 11-09-2007, 02:15 AM
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Well if you look at the pictures of Locar stuff you can see that the shifter is completely above the top of the transmission plus a little for the stand off of the bracket. I'd guess the center of the shift lever pivot is about 5 inches above the transmission. I just put one in my Willys and I'm working on another car with one in it.

I'll try and remember to take the measurement tomorrow as I have to install a boot anyway. I'll post it tomorrow evening if I can.
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I measured my Locar which is trans mounted. It is 4 1/4 or so to the pivot from the case and it is mounted 3 inches from the back edge of the tali housing. I have a 12 inch stick. There is still room for fore and aft adjustment on the bracket but no side to side adjustment. The shifter is centered on the trans.

And I don't like the way shifts. Sorry. It wasn't what I really wanted but I'm stuck with it now. Quality is great but the pattern and locks are not what I wanted. Just have to get used to it I guess.

The install was very easy and everything fit perfectly. Plus it looks nice.
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Bentwings thanks for the help I really appreciate it. I called Lokar today and they told me that the base on the floor mount model is 4 inches tall. So if you are looking at the 6 inch model it will come out to 10 inches total. Thanks again for measuring yours up. Aaron
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And I don't like the way shifts. Sorry. It wasn't what I really wanted but I'm stuck with it now. Quality is great but the pattern and locks are not what I wanted. Just have to get used to it I guess.
Me either, I don't like how mine shifts too. I first thought it was just stiff from being new, but it not that. Sometimes it's impossible to get it to pull down into 1st gear, and it does not shift easily.

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Hey nice 34 Vince, Love the color. It's similar to what I have picked out. I read your build thread, that's cool. My build is more like a story out of the Spanish Inquisitions haha

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Part of it is the stiffness. Mine seems inconsistant. One day it is too stiff the next it is to loose. I'm used to "hand shaking" as I have a 5 spd in my diesel dually with 4.10's so I shift all the time. What I really wanted was gated shifts both up and down. The idea was that you could not skip a gear. The Locar just is not that type of shifter, plus it is stiff most of the time. With a light weight car and 400 hp it's a little tricky. I wanted full control of the T-350 except in drive I wanted full automatic. I don't use a kickdown as the last thing I want is an unexpected down shift as I throttle up. My trans basically does not have throttle forced downshifts, yet it will shift up and down in DR automatically. I think it is all gov controlled. I just took the thing to the trans guy and told him what I wanted. I'm ok with the trans it is just that I probably should have used a competition shifter. I just didn't like the looks of them.

I took the Locar apart to see what might have to be done to the shift ramps and stops. There is not an easy fix I don't think. So I'm just living with it for now.

I just lay my right leg against it and curl my fingers around the knob and try and move one notch at a time. The notches are really the trans detents. My car is not a drag racer but it is still nice to go thru the gears once in a while. It will be real tricky with the blower but that is down the road a ways yet.

The bottom line is that the Locar is a streetrod shifter and it works very well for this. It a quality unit and reasonable price and installs nicely. I'm just trying to use it for something it is not, so my problem.
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What you have with the Lokar is what the transmission gives you beyond the park and neutral as far as detents. I thought mine was screwed up but it slips thru the forward gears. The Gennie Shifter is the same way. I think(or at least what I've seen) the only automatic shifters that give you gear specific detents are the cable shifters - like the B&M and Hurst ratchet types.

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You're right on that.
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