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Hey everyone, as you can see by the thread title its about the Hurst Shifter. I bought the shifter a couple months ago, got it in the mail and went to install it immediately even though the wife didn't want me to. Since I had gutted the interior already and removed the shifter numerous times it was cake to get to the starting point. I proceeded to assembling the shifter, it was very odd trying to figure out if i needed the spacer or not. I ended up putting the spacer in, putting it together and TRY to adjust the screws in 2nd and 3rd gear. If i did it the way the instructions said it was IMPOSSIBLE to shift. I messed with it for hours trying different things and couldn't get it to shift properly. Even after a few test drives it was a pain to shift, a huge leap backwards from the stock (yeah...hard to believe). I even went through the whole process again without the extension and still same verdict. Everything I did just wouldn't work. I spent 9 hours messing with it.

Late at night i had to call up a Ford dealer to see what Transmission was in my truck, relayed that to Hurst and they told me it wasn't compatible and hung up on me. For the life of me i can't remember what it is but i can always call tomorrow for it.

Anyways, I'm wondering if anyone else has had issues with the Hurst shifter install. I ended up returning the Hurst the next day because it was just that awful and couldn't figure out why after spending the next day researching and even more time messing with it. It really bummed me out since I was looking forward to a Hurst. For the brief moment of shifting with short-throws it was great. So far i still cant find anyone having the same issue i had.

Not ragging on the Hurst by any means. I ALWAYS have extra issues when i do stuff. I always have the worst possible scenario when i do something. Just trying to get some answers. Oh, the Hurst rep asked me twice if i had a manual or automatic and if i was sure

It's an 04 Ranger Regular Cab 2.3L 5-Speed Manual (I think)
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Weird. When you go to the Hurst site and search by vehicle, the 2004 Ranger doest show up in the list, yet my 1996 does.

Too bad you sent it back, cause im in the market for one (and local).
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Weird. When you go to the Hurst site and search by vehicle, the 2004 Ranger doest show up in the list, yet my 1996 does.

Too bad you sent it back, cause im in the market for one (and local).
It was about 5 weeks ago. I got full credit for it otherwise it would have been on Craigslist. I looked on several forums and people with 04+ rangers used that shifter with no issues.was just strange that it wouldn't work at all. Brace for more snow man, lol.
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Nothing says "good time" like digging your truck out of a snowbank for the 4th time in a single month.
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Nothing says "good time" like digging your truck out of a snowbank for the 4th time in a single month.
I've been.driving my neon since my seats have been out for Upholstery. But the ranger had 3 ft of snow on it completely encased on all sides I just shoveled out lol now its gonna get covered again. The snows interfering with my hid project as well. Miss the 5-speed...
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I guess i picked the perfect time to buy new tires. Despite it being 2wd and not carrying additional weight, its fairly good in the snow. I wouldn't push my luck, but i'm confident taking it out in light snow now.

Nice weather can't come soon enough.
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I have an 07 trans in my ranger and my hurst works great! other than the venting issue but a dremel and file solved that. I wonder if they sent you the model for the f150 similar trans but still very different.
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I guess i picked the perfect time to buy new tires. Despite it being 2wd and not carrying additional weight, its fairly good in the snow. I wouldn't push my luck, but i'm confident taking it out in light snow now.

Nice weather can't come soon enough.
Luckily when i bought the truck it had almost new tires on it, amongst $1500 of new parts all for $500..hah. Once i get the truck all set next winter I'll get it winter ready with weight and what not. I wouldn't push my luck otherwise. If i crash the neon oh well its a neon haha. So can't wait for nice weather.
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I have an 07 trans in my ranger and my hurst works great! other than the venting issue but a dremel and file solved that. I wonder if they sent you the model for the f150 similar trans but still very different.
Ahhh! there is some information. Is that a common issue or just a shot in the dark guess? I can't remember what it in my truck, id have to call again. I just remember thinking it was the same but a bit different. I was very mad at the time lol. Wouldn't surprise me if i got the one truck out of 1,000 that had a different one lol.

The funny thing is it sort-of worked. If i messed with it a bit it would engage, just be difficult to do so. I loved the short-throws. To bad it just didn't work out. If i remember I'll grab the Vin tomorrow and call up to see what trans is in my truck.
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I have a Hurst from an F150 in my 03 Ranger. Been in it for several years. Before that the same F150 shifter was in my 97 Ranger. Zero problems.
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Yeah it was a shot in the dark on that recommendation but I've gotten new parts out of the box that were wrong someone goofed when packing them. But it sounds like it could also be an adjustment screw defect its supposed to be snug in gear but if you over tighten them or if its damaged it won't completely engage the gear.
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