I LOVE my hurst!! My brother liked my hurst so much, he bought one. My buddy drove my truck and now wants to swap in a manual in his double lifted ranger. My other buddy drove my truck and loved the shifter, his auto trans blew up like 2 days later, now he's a manual with a hurst! DO IT!
I've had mine on for over a year, my brother has had his for over 4 months, and neither leak. There's a 'fix' posted over at RPS that involves rubber sink gasket material with a breather. Some leak, some don't. The gears meshing would be heard more from in the cab due to the boot design and stock shifter and boot being heavily insulated.
And ball position was a little too long of a reach for me with the arm that comes in the kit, so i made a short extention for the shifter to put the ball right where it was perfect: 1" up, 1 1/8" back, 1/4" towards the driver...
(pic might be of when the 1" bodylift was on, but you get the picture..)
No cutting of the stock cupholder/bezel....just cutting of the hurst shift boot to fit the cupholder plastic holes.
Here's pics of my lil brothers install...and a vid. Feel free to add 'vrroooooooom' sounds if you wish. lol.
pic *****? yes i am.