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Shift **** Pulling for Your Amusement

After reading 4711 posts all over the internet the consensus seems that the thing to do is heat the **** then pull like hell and hope you don't get hurt when it let's loose. I have a long list of injuries to both arms and my neck from a lifetime of stepping up when I should have stepped back - sure don't need any more. I therefore whipped up the following method - thot I'd cut a fat hog etc.

The idea was to suspend a weight from the ****, heat the **** with 2 heat lamps and wait till the **** just slid off. I hung the lever from a piece of rebar and hung the weights (about 85 pounds) from some hooks off a small bearing puller behind the ****. After 1 hour and 45 minutes it was hot but still on.

So I removed the weights and used a come-along hooked to another rebar near the floor - bent the rebar.

Next I decided to chain the damn thing between 2 trees and use a bigger come-along because no damn **** was going to stop this child. About that time I realized the upper lever is not integral with the lower lever but attached via the rubber dampening material and abandoned the tree concept as potentially expensive. Hell with it.

So I got myself up a good strong one (uh - that's orange juice and whiskey) and ordered a new FX4 shifter.
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Afterwards I peeled back the casing on the **** a bit and the white material underneath seems to be a ceramic. It seems doubtful to me that enough heat would penetrate that stuff to soften the glue or enough to expand the ceramic (if that's what it is). Sorry about the pics, I got this camera 3 days ago ....first thing I learned was you don't hold a digital camera up to your eye to aim.............
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lol WOW! talk about over the edge..haha

your problem was probably the heat lamps. def. not giving anything close to enough heat to get the **** off. even if they were hot enough, the heat wasn't concentrated enough to be effective. either way..good job for thinkin up a way to get it off...haha,
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hair drier loosed it the other day but i still had to pull hard but i got it off.
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Yeah those things are a pain. Love the **** pulling device! lol
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cant you just cut it off from the rubber? - break the ceramic?
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I would just cut and chisel. But that's just me
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I know the later model ***** have a steel core. I completely destroyed mine trying to get it off.
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just bash it against your head, it will come off eventually.

just kidding dont do that.
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you are officially an expert **** puller
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Lucky! I cant even get mine to stay on.
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Haha, yeah I pull mine off every time I shift into 2nd gear!
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When I first got my truck I couldn't get it to stay on. And now after I got a skull with red eyes and I gorilla glued it on I can't get it off because I'm selling my truck
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So umm... grab a 3/4" open wrench, insert over the metal just below the **** - get a BFH and knock it up - works everytime... I had to pop my **** off several times with a BFH





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