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Old 02-11-2013, 04:49 AM   #1
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Hi there tonight I made an extended shift lever with a bend.

Here is what you will need if you want to make your own, the nuts and metal round cost about $12 so significantly cheaper similar products vendors. The quality obviously is up to you.

1/2" Metal round (Aluminum, steel, stainless steel what ever you want)
Long Nut thing M12x1.25 (or whatever your thread is for your shift lever)
Two Nuts M12x1.25
Tap and die set with M12x1.25
Cut-off wheel or saw
Something to bend the metal with, I used a pipe but be careful as you can break the metal.



Start by cutting the metal round. I used about 6 inches. (sorry I forgot to get pictures of the first steps but they are pretty simple)

Then in a vise bend the round to desired angle and cut the threads into it.
Thread one of the regular nuts on followed by the long nut like so.



Next put the other regular nut onto your shift lever. (I had to re-cut the threads thats why it looks funny)



Put the assembly on and tighten the bottom nut up to the long nut so they don't come loose.



Place the lever where you desire and tighten down the top nut, this keeps everything from moving pretty well.



Pull the boot up onto lower nut.



And finished, well kind of...



You can thread the top and add a knob but I am planning on fitting a foam grip to the bend so I have a nice handle to grab like this



These are bike handle bar grips but you get the idea. Thanks for looking! Hope you found this somewhat useful.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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That's interesting. Why the fire extinguisher on the passenger side floor well?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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That's interesting. Why the fire extinguisher on the passenger side floor well?
Doesn't want to end up like XIII
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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That's interesting. Why the fire extinguisher on the passenger side floor well?
Track car maybe? I have a fire extinguisher in front of the passenger seat.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #5
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Why did you recut the threads? Only had a standard thread cutter? Metric cutters and nuts can be found at any ACE hardware for a couple of dollars.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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That's interesting. Why the fire extinguisher on the passenger side floor well?
Better to be safe than sorry, plus I got it on sale
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Why did you recut the threads? Only had a standard thread cutter? Metric cutters and nuts can be found at any ACE hardware for a couple of dollars.
I actually couldn't find the metric nuts I needed, being that it was Sunday and most stores that carry the metric fasteners were closed and I'm impatient I just went with what it had since cutting threads isn't too hard.
I am getting some pipe insulation to see if it will work for the grip today.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #7
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Finished it up today with some handle bar tape.

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #8
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that looks like garbage
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the honesty friend, I don't think its that bad. It is comfortable and works well so I am pleased over all.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #10
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I wouldn't want to use a metal that can "break" easily. But if you like it, you like it. That's basically the end of the story.

I would suggest painting the exposed metal section as well.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:53 PM   #11
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That's interesting. Why the fire extinguisher on the passenger side floor well?
Heh, I have two extinguishers plus a plumbed in halon system......

Then again it is an air cooled VW (and a camper)
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #12
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I wouldn't want to use a metal that can "break" easily. But if you like it, you like it. That's basically the end of the story.

I would suggest painting the exposed metal section as well.
I should clarify, I meant breaks easy when using a two foot pipe for leverage to bend it. No worries about exposed metal as it is aluminum and stainless except for aesthetic purposes. I was thinking about painting it but it would get messed up when I tightened it down.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:46 AM   #13
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I was just wondering, our rally car has the halon system as well and an extinguisher in the back, not seeing to many people put it up front. Your shifter's final product looks like you broke the end off a golf club from the 80's, I hope you have that sleeve already ordered
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