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Shift **** Question

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What diameter and thread pitch for ordering a hurst shift ****?
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I have a 2003 Ranger 2wd with a manual transmission, M5R1-T, and plan to keep the original shift lever and replace it with a Hurst Round Ball Shifter.

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Your OEM shift lever does not have any threads of any kind. It is a very fine splined shaft that is about 5/8" in diameter. People have found ways of mounting threaded shift ***** and maybe they will post up.
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Question:
What diameter and thread pitch for ordering a hurst shift ****?
Info: I have a 2003 Ranger 2wd with a manual transmission, M5R1-T, and plan to keep the original shift lever and replace it with a Hurst Round Ball Shifter.
Any ideas?
How is this coming along ?

A suggestion, take the stick out of the truck, take off the OEM **** ****, find a way to weld a bolt or a head-less bolt to the OEM Stick, allowing enough length for a Jam Nut.
You will need to cut the top off of the OEM Stick and then get the treaded end welded on.
Another consideration, get a used Hurst Shifter, cut the OEM Stick and weld on the Hurst Stick. Make sure the Hurst Stick is the correct length and fold back for your comfort.

Sorry just thinking out loud.
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I am going to try to play with it soon, I have been screwing with fog lights in my most recent time for the truck so it has taken up my time and money for a bit. I have a plan to use a hitch ball as my shift ****, which sounds strange, but it has a 3/4" hole that is tapered to a 1/2" and may work well for me. I have a friend with a welder so I may try to get him to weld it on the shaft...not sure about the mounting yet but thanks for asking!
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Just like Scrambler82 said: Cutting and welding a hurst to your current shift will be the cleanest option (from the mechanical point of view). Below some pictures of my custom ****. (Nothing fancy, just wanted to make a change)





I have to tell you that taking out the OEM **** from the shift was a royal pain !! heavy tools where involved.

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fitsector , the RED BALL matches your Dash Needles…

I was thinking again… !
If you take your OEM Shift Lever, cut is down and weld on a mounting plate that matches the Hurst Shift handle you will have a wide choice of sticks and *****, shape and size.

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I'm going chrome stick from an FX4. Looks cool and uses a threaded **** from factory. Just gotta find one. I think some older Mazda's came with it too
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good suggestion, but dont try and weld to your original stick, its way to soft and will melt, you can thread to the inside of it and put a piece of all thread in it, but i dont know the thread size of a hurst. I epoxied on an aftermarket from Pep Boys, and it worked well. Down side is if you need to remove it you have to grind it off, and that ins't fun. sounds like other guys have welded thiers so you may have some luck with that
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Weld NO. But i bet you could braze with the softer metal. If you can find someone who knows how to do it old school.

I tried getting my **** off and I stood in my truck and pulled with both hands up with my feet on either side of the shifter and nothing. Not a budge.
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Inside of stock shifter is hollow. I cut the shifter right below the factory ****. I then used a nutsert on it. A nutsert is a poprivet with internal threads. Bodyshops use them. I used 3/8 and then locktited a 3/8 stud in it to screw the **** to.
I have since bought a real Hurst shifter for my Ranger. It is a tremendous improvement over the stock setup.
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If you pop off the top of the shift **** there is a scew take that out then the **** pulls off
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