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Old July 12th, 2011, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default quality aftermarket shifter

Lumpy came with an ancient empi T handle shifter.
It works great.
I watned one for my very stock '71 so I bought a new empi t handle shifter.
I replaced the coupler and the bushing in the tunnel as well.
I know how to assemble and adjust a VW shifter
The new empi worked great for about a month then it went tits up. I took it apart & the guts were FUBAR
I have heard that new empi parts are no good,poor quality.
so what is a good durable quality shifter for a daily driver???
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Old July 12th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #2
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i personally love the scat dragfast. it is reasonably priced and i actually found it more comfortable than a berg
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Old July 12th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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I have a SCAT Dragfast shifter and it works great. I also have an EMPI shifter (old one?)that is exactly like the SCAT Dragfast and it works great too.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #4
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New EMPI is crap!

I've been a Scat shifter fan for longer than I can remember!...but I'm getting old.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 12:55 PM   #5
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OK Scat!
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Old July 12th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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If you're going to use a Scat, search around for advice on slight mods. I read a lot about the reverse stop having problems, but there are a lot of easy DIY solutions to the issue so it shouldn't be a problem, although it may be a good idea to do a bit of 'pre-emptive re-engineering' to make life more fun for longer.

I'm no expert, but it's something to do with the prevent/release mechanism getting slack if you're a heavy gear changer. Sorry I can't be any more specific, but I'm 1 1/2 bottles of cava down, on a staggeringly slow dial-up line, in the hotel from hell, in the middle of nowhere, in Spain .. so I can't really test my memory with factual detail :)
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Old July 12th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #7
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I have heard good thing about the Bugpack shift right shifter but havent used one myself. I vote dragfast too. I had a berg shfter in my drag bug and chased a problem missing 2nd gear for a couple of years. Put my 20+ year old dragfast in it from my 65 bug and it shifts perfect at 8000 RPM now. Berg shifters and over priced and have a big clumsey square handle.
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Scat drag-fast is probably the best bang for the buck. I've owned a handful of them over the years (in different cars). I loved my first one but think they are too "notchy" compared to other shifters. Berg is nice and has a solid feel like no other I've used but I doubt if I would buy one for the price. I've owned two but they were both in cars that I bought...both were still in them when they got sold. My favorite shifter is an original Hurst. It's tight but not notchy like the Scat. It has a longer handle and a longer throw but it is a smooth shifter that is perfect for a daily-driver.
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Old July 13th, 2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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Been thinking about a new shifter, so this thread is perfect timing!

Had a Scat Drag Fast in the bugtruck and I really liked it. Going to need to pick up another for the Volkster.

Ok, so...anyone have a Scat drag-fast they want to unload?
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Old July 13th, 2011, 08:45 PM   #10
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Okay, I've got a EMPI shifter from a parted out squareback, w/o the handle. I figure that it's at least 20 years old. It looks pretty well built. Will new handle fit? I plan to lengthen it, and swap the lock-out to work with the shift pattern of my V8 setup. I figure that this will spruce up the sort-of stock looking look of the single cab's ,um, cab. If this is a hard to get bit that someone really wants for their project, I'd be willing to swap it for something more 'Type II' in length.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 05:29 AM   #11
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Which empire shifter is it? Post a pic.
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Which empire shifter is it? Post a pic.

That should have said" Which empi shifter is it?" Damn auto-correct on my phone

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Old July 14th, 2011, 09:35 PM   #13
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I'll try to get a pic posted. But it has a dark gray square plastic 'skirt covering the mechanism. Just below where the handle would screw on is a oblong chrome loop that pulls up to release the reverse lock out. I'll get measurements tomorrow and see about a pic, but I seem to suck at posting photos.
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