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VX SS Manual T56 - Tight Shifter

300kwv6

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Hi Guys,

Picked up an VX SS II 5.7 6 Speed manual.

The shifter seems very tight and nothcy. All gears work 100% just tight to move between them all. The old owner did a few mods to the car, so maybe one was a shifter mod?

Can I grease it up? or check it in any way?

What's the easiest way to get the console and gear shifter boot off for inspection.

Thanks
 

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i drive a getreg 5 speed and then jumped into a clubby and also a vz sv6 with the t56 and it felt as you described.. so i'd say its normal
 

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yeh mine is the same, i feel like u gotta put force to move from gear to gear! is there a way to loosen it up?
 

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i drive a getreg 5 speed and then jumped into a clubby and also a vz sv6 with the t56 and it felt as you described.. so i'd say its normal
the vz sv6 has a different box to the v8s, its made by aisin or something like that,

in my ss the box is pretty notchy, sometimes hard to select reverse
 

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you can put nicer oil in it

in mine i often get 3rd instead of 1st

or 5th instead of reverse

but overall it's not a completely terrible gearbox

it just has to be that way due to the power handling, smaller weaker gearboxes for lower powered engines feel better
 

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I have the same problem on my vt, real prick when's it's cold, Iv been told it's play in the shifter linkages,malwood has reco shifter assemblys for $225 I'm gonna get one I'll let you know how it goes
 

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As suggested it may just need a oil change with some good quality oil, and maybe thats just the way it is, plus its done high km's.

I never ever miss the 2-3 shift thats why I thought it had something done to it. You push it straight up (dont even have to go across) and its into 3rd.

I will investigate further.

Thanks for the advice :)
 

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Hey guys i tried searching for this but how do you remove the factory shifter? i need too replace the shifter as the shift pattern came off mine before i owned the car and now i need a road worthy. would i be able to get one from holden at all? The car is a vx ss 6 speed. cheers.
 

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As suggested it may just need a oil change with some good quality oil, and maybe thats just the way it is, plus its done high km's.

I never ever miss the 2-3 shift thats why I thought it had something done to it. You push it straight up (dont even have to go across) and its into 3rd.

I will investigate further.

Thanks for the advice :)
Sounds like you have a RIPSHIFT.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I had the same problem with my gear box. If you just have a stiff shifter, chances are the bushings and linkages are dry ie free from grease. My mechanic (Gilberts Maitland - Gilbert's Motor Garage. - 49331185 ) fixed the issue for $200.

It probably is a job the home tinkerer can do. I think there is a link somewhere on the forum to tell you how to remove the center console. This will give you access to the shifter bushes. Then it just needs a clean out and grease. Mine went from requiring significant effort to move the shifter to incredibly easy to move with almost no resistance.
 
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