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So there I was at the local cruize night on Saturday. First Godly intervention was the fact that it was the first Saturday evening we did not have rain the second was this.....

Ok we cobr have cool cars that most everyone at cruize nights like. Our cruize is at the local Home Depot Parking lot. On the way out is an access road where most folks get a little aggressive on their exits and some go over the edge and break all reasonable rule with smoke shows and the like..

So anyhoot I am a reasonably conservative guy but things overcome us when we are in these cars and upon exiting I was a tad bit aggressive. But as luck what have it the right foot went down quicker than the BFG's could compute and the car took a sudden ass end kick to the left, I reach for second and the touchy Tremec with 60's backwards shifter did not want to go smoothly and when it did find second the car went for a rear slide to the right, trying to have some composure and not totally spin the car I tried to find third but even this was difficult and I just let the car find a nice idle and I limped along tail between my legs and all..

Ok here is the Divine Intervention part. About an 1/8 mile forward I see three local law officials with a 68 Chebbie, a Mazda RX7, and a biker pulled over. I am thinking if I found third gear easily, I would have been spinning tires as I passed them by.. Instead I was at a coast with embarrassment turning into thanks for being an idiot in a cool car!

Ok on a serious note how many with Tremec TKO's out there have a hard time going through the gears under hard acceleration? I have the standard reverse shifter that works fine when not at warp speed but hard shifts seem to be "unsynchronized" at best?

jd
 

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I have a TKO and no apparent problems. Do you have a stock shifter or a shift kit?

JQ
 

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Joe, you’ve got one of the best transmissions out there. I can relate my experience to yours when I began driving my Roadster three years ago... realizing the forward bent shifter places the shift pattern in what appears to be an awkward position I allowed myself to become familiar with the “Gate” while breaking in the block. Don’t know how many miles you have on her but I found that as time went on the shift pattern became more familiar, the arm movements began to feel more natural and shifting became more confident. I could imagine my experience might have been exactly what must have gone through those old racer’s minds as they worked the trans with their sticks bent forward to prevent their elbows from ramming into the rear bulkhead as they power shifted in those fast vintage Cobra racers. Yah, the forward bent stick may not seem like it’s positioned correctly and may even look a little funny at first... but it’s all part of the experience.

And what JohnnyQ said... if you don’t have an aftermarket shifter you should seriously consider one. Most are well built quality units and add to the shifting experience. Give the arms some seat time working that shift pattern. You’ll soon find yourself blasting through the gears with confidence... but ease into it... and be careful out there. Good luck.
 

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I have the stock "TKO" shifter in place witht he FF5 bent stick? Will the "pro-shifters" replace the stock tko arm and internals?

I believe the problem to be 95% user related and love the vintage look. Anything to make it easier would only help the experience curve...

thanks..
 

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I have the TKO II 5-spd and the Pro 5.0 shifter. The shifter makes all the difference when trying to shift fast through the gears

<img src=http://www.cobragarage.com/Images/Bill's%20Cobra/Cockpit05.jpg>

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2-fast..

could you have still used the Factory 5 linkage if you wanted to and still got some improvement? I guess what i am saying is the investment into the pro shifter worth it just for the lower internals and still use the look of the 60's shifter?
 

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Joe-

I had to go with a short shifter as the stock one hit the console.
 

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I bought the authentic shifter with fake lockout. The problem was the dang thing is so angled it hits you in the elbow while driving.

I took it to a buddy of mine and cut the shifter at the mounting part and moved it more to the right and angled it down like the FFR standard setup is.

Now it doesn't get in the way, angled down somewhat but not as far as the FFR.

I do agree that it takes some getting used to the shifter, sometimes I have to think.........WHAT GEAR AM I IN?

JQ
 
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