Directions say introduce myself. I am Flumixt. On Wednesday morning I bought an '03 Ranger Super Duper Cab XLT. On Wednesday morning I needed a longer shift lever (or arm one tuther).
I drove a '79 Toyota for 26 years. I drove truck off and on (mostly on) for 36 years. Big shifting adjustment - The clutch is NOT wore out and grabs close to the floor instead of way out. The engine is nearly silent at idle - can't just get off the clutch and go, gotta rev it up etc. Think that's easy after 2 million miles?
Shifting is different. I'm used to shifting easylike with my finger tips in case I miss one it just spits it out no harm done and it doesn't grab a tooth. Not here. Gotta shift like a car driver - grab aholt and yank - with side pressure against the detent. I just can't!
The detents for 1-2 and 5-R really bug me. I'll probly try to pull them out eventually. I can find the holes w/o springs.
Well that's all in the learning curve and I will climb over it. I like that damn thing - hope it lasts as long as the Toyota and just dies of old age. Drove it 240 miles home about 70mph and the mileage was about 24. And yes, I shifted into 4th on the hills. Couldn't help it.
My only worry is if it can pull my boat outta the lake. The low gear leverage is about 12:1 on the ground. Toyota was 16:1 - we'll see.
Never wrote this kind of thing before - hope you aren't disgusted with it.