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Rip Shifter - Hard to change from 1st to 2nd?

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by v-petn, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. v-petn

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    Guys,

    Thinking on getting the Rip Shifter. Friend had it on his WRX and it felt great but I'm concerned that it would make shifting from 1st into 2nd harder... Now it requires a bit of effort and if I go shorter shifter, won't that make it harder?

    Those that have it, how do you rate it over stock shifter?
     
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    I have a cube speed short shifter. It feels 100% more positive than the stock shifter but i also put Penrite GL pro gear in the box as well which improved things. How ever 2nd can still be a bitch to get into at times.
     
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    Thanks mate... I notice cube speed short shifter is a lot cheaper than the Rip Shifter... Are there any difference between the 2?
     
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    Reaper Tells it like it is.

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    I put a few in and ran one in my own VE for over 100,000km and found it excellent. If you struggle with the effort then grow a set.
     
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    Haven't used a Ripshifter so can't comment but i have found the Cube Speed to be of a very good quality.
     
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    shifting shouldnt be hard 1st to 2nd should be a breeze, only issues could be the 2nd to 3rd hitting the gate when its shifted fast but the shift itself should be smooth, if its just hard thru normal changing like mentioned try changing oil to the penrite pro gear, also compared to a jap box these have more mechanical feel much more rugged which is normal
     
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    I just replaced the gearbox oil today with Penrite... When I say hard to shift from 1st to 2nd I just mean it's not as smooth as say from 2nd to 3rd... I mean it goes in but requires a bit of effort that's all... I was just concerned that adding Rip Shifter would make it worse... But from the sounds of it, it won't
     
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    If you are having problems with the 1->2 change then it probably means that your gearbox synchros might be worn, either that or you aren't pushing the clutch in fully before you move the gear lever. I didn't think the Ripshift was a short shifter (it certainly wasn't in my VX GTS). The main benefit of a Ripshift was in the cross-gate 2->3 and 4->5 shifts, rather than the straight 1->2 and 3->4 shifts. Penrite gearbox oil is certainly the way to go.
     
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    the 6 speed in the SS is a bit agricultural-notchy, mine has since I've had it (9 yrs), and done 165,00klm no problems
     
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    My Ripshifter was a bit tight at first on the 1st to 2nd change. It got better the more you used it.
    Trying to shift hard and fast under power will expose any weak point with your clutch system too.
     
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    How hard is it to install these shifter? eg Cube or Rip? Do you have to get underneath the car and unbolt transmission bracket?
     
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    It's a bit of a process on a VE best done on a hoist. You can do it on axle stands but would be a fair pain.
     
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    I put a rip shifter in my ve Ute then I started having dramas with reverse gear select and ideas mate
     
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    Check the stop adjustment on the throw. Needs to be perfect. 1 turn not enough and it'll jump out of gear, too much and you stress the selector forks.
     

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