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Bud
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5/10/2003
19:16:04

Subject: Hurst Short Throw Shifter
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Yesterday my stock shifter started making a really annoying "rattling" sound. Today, it got even worse. So I tore it apart to take a look. I believe the tower was just loose, but since I had it apart I thought it would be a good time to just run down to summit racing and pick up the hurst short throw shifter I have been wanting. I did. I got home got it installed in no time. I love it. I have a 99 RC Dakota with a 5.2 5 speed. When I shift in to first and third it hits the bottom of the dash just a little bit. Has anyone else had this problem? I was thinking about just drilling another hole above the two factory holes, and just cutting the bottom hole off. Has anyone done this?



blue2000
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5/10/2003
22:07:56

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You need to eliminate the rubber insulators, just go metal to metal. Then snug it up, then pull the handle back as you torque it down. If you do not remove the rubber insulators, it will keep coming loose on you all the time. I have had one for about two years now. I love it! But mine kept hitting the dash until I removed the rubber. There should be no need to drill any extra holes.



Jammer
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5/10/2003
23:50:36

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I've also had a Hurst for two years. I had exactly the same problem with the stick hitting the dash when I first installed it. I got rid of the insulator and that cured the problem. You would think, by now, that Hurst would have put out a TSB about it since everyone, that installs one in a Dakota, seems to have the same problem. The last time I checked, there's nothing on their web site about it. The Hurst shifter is really a major improvement over the stock shifter once you get it working right.



Bud
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5/11/2003
00:11:17

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Ok.. I will tear it apart tomorrow and take a look. I am defiently happy with the shifter, I am disappointed that it took me this long to break down and buy it. I read a few guys complaining about it being a bit lounder, but my exhaust is so loud that I wouldn't notice anything the shifter is doing.



b1llyw
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5/11/2003
20:31:00

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Jammer, you say "once you get it working right". Is it hard to get the Hurst unit working right?

Bill White
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1995 CC 4x2, SLT, 318, 5 spd, 3.55 LSD

Gary F
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5/11/2003
20:40:13

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I always wonder, what happened to Hurst making a shifter to fit the '01 models?

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Bud
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5/11/2003
22:37:28

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b1llyw,
I haven't removed the insullators yet. But all and all it was pretty easy install. I have never had the shifter off before, and I bet it took half an hour max to do the change out. I also read that some guys put some nuts and locktight on there, so I may do that as well.



Jammer
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5/12/2003
00:10:15

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b1llyw, it's a very easy installation. Simply follow the instructions, except for the part about using the neoprene insulator where the shift lever bolts on. Torque everything with a torque wrench and set the stops as per instructions. That's all there is to it. By not using the insulator it will, most likely, be "working right" immediately and you won't have to take it apart, later, to fix it .



Greg555
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5/12/2003
08:55:53

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i have one as well in my 2000. and it got loose
jsut like the rest of them. i was living with it
till the other day when i couldn't even get into
third because there was that much play in the
shifter that all i did was hit the dash. but i
took the rubber peice out as well and it feels
great now. and yes install is very easy. takes
mabye 10 min to do.

Greg




Tyler
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9/17/2003
02:02:33

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I am new to the site and am very Impressed!!! I can't belive I waited so long to search for Dakota enthusiasts like myself! I have a 95 Dakota 2wd xcab 3.9 v6. I would like to know which trans I have and if Hurst has a shifter for me, I really want to upgrade. I saw an article in Mopar muscle or Mopar action about a year ago on this swap but it was for a v8. Please help, I would also like to know where to find a v8 TB for resonable price.



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