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Old 01-17-2003, 05:15 PM
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im planning on putting swivel buckets in my 76 gmc sprint(el camino). i plan on changing from automatic column shift to a floor shifter. ive came across several ratchet shifters. what is different about ratchet shifters and regular auto shifters? thanks

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Old 01-17-2003, 05:25 PM
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my opinion ratchet shifters are alot of trouble, if you plan on raceing, thats another thing but for street driving a stock floor shifter works just fine. if your heart is set on a ratchet, dont try to save a few bucks , go for the gold an try displays to find one you can feel comfortable with most are a problem getting out of park. good luck. go trigers.
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Old 01-19-2003, 06:36 AM
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I would recommend a gate shifter over a ratchet. I think they are much easier to use. The difference is that a gate shifter has a defined pattern forward a back. A ratchet shifter works like a ratchet. Back and forth to chage gears. It springs back forward after you shift.

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Old 01-19-2003, 08:29 AM
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I have used the B&M mega shifter in more than one car. The harder I beat that shifter the better she shifted. If looking for a tough as nails shifter that you can slam from gear to gear without any worries about breaking something or ending up in neutral I would recommend the mega shifter anyday. B&M calls it a 'ratchet action' shifter because you literally smack it from gear to gear, but it is not a 'full ratchet' shifter which is why I liked it. I have never had a 'problem' getting a B&M shifter out of Park.

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I have a B&M ratchet ("slap") shifter and love it! no matter how hard you hammer it, it will only go up 1 gear, it never skips a gear. Really positive feeling, not ambiguous at all. Mine was $149 in summit I think. It work like a regular automatic shifter where you can move it all over until you pull it all the way down into first, then it goes into ratchet mode, where each application of force to the shifter only moves it one notch. You can get it to go back to normal by pulling the forefinger activated release button.
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I think there are better racing shifters out there for racing. But, I like B&M's shifters for Street Rods.

I've had a B&M QuickSilver, very simple operation and functions well as a ratchet shifter.

Now I have a MegaShifter and really enjoy it. Functions and operates well, sometimes it sticks a little in Park, but not so bad that I would call it a negative attribute. It's solidly constructed and looks great.

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If you want to save a few bucks, I used the B & M Z-Gate shifter in '70 Pont. Firebird I used to street race and weekend race. Never had any problems with it, never missed a shift. And you can pick one up for just under $100 at alot of stores.
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regular shifter can be pushed thru multiple gears and a rachet must have pressure released and then re-applied to go to the next gear
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I run a Pro Ratchet shifter in my Diablo (Elcamino) I really love it, but my car does a lot of track time & with the ratchet you won't miss a gear. I also have a manual shift valve body in my transmission, so I guess that I'm use to my Ratchet shifter, they are great if you are gonna be doing any kind of racing.

Here is what it looks like. In my car.

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You dont need a manual valvebody transmission do you? Would a ratchet shifter work fine with a th350 with a b&m shift improver kit?
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When I was running my Firebird on the street/strip everything worked just fine. Now I was running the B&M Z-gate shifter on a TH350 with a B&M Trans pack kit, 2 steps up from the shift inprover kit. So no you don't need to have a manual valve body for a set-up like that.
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A friend of mine just bought a Hurst shifter that steps up through the gears. He said it was very hard to get it out of park so I checked it out. Seems they come with layered springs so I removed 2 and now it works fine. I have 2 B&M shifters, a Quicksilver which is tough, heavy & has a complicated full ratchet system which works well when kept lubricated, the other is narrow, not sure of model name but it has a lever on the front and if you raise the lever it goes out of slap-stick mode, It's light weight and slaps through the gears only up, using gravity mechanisms. I've never used it so I'm not sure if it's as reliable for not missing gears as the Quicksilver sure is.Either way, they're fun to have and cheap at swapmeets or garage sales used.
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