yeah you can't remove the shift **** , i tried . basicaly there are two choices . You either get a hurst shifter or an fx4 shifter . The fx4 is what i got and i love it but i got it for free . The hursts will give u improved perfomance , shorter throw, good price ,feedback to hand etc , but it also comes with more interior noise and there is a slight possiblity of tranny fluid leaking onto the carpet if a gasket wears out ... fx4 shifter is alot more money and doesn't shorten the throw. the benefit is looks great , more comfort, and more feedback from the trans to your hand. the downside is SLIGHTLY more noise , less then the hurst though, and no short precision throws.
05 xlt 4x4 extended cab 4.0-Manual-4.10 L.S.-payload package B-skid plates mid & aft-camper shell-Infinity sub/speakers-265/75/16 ST MaXX-6400 drop shackle-1" t-bar crank-bilstein hd shocks-1" body lift-duff traction bars-fog light mod w/9005 bulb-extended diff. vents-30 watt Cobra 29 w/4' whip-fx4 shifter