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Cheap shifter mod idea using stock shifter?

I want to do the FX4 shifter mod but due to the price tag of the arm ($$$$) I'm thinking of basically doing the same thing, except using my current arm.
I would remove the arm and paint it black, then ditch the stock boot and get a low-profile boot, and re-use the aftermarket **** I currently have (which is circular and the same size as the FX4 ****). Cupholder would be reused too obviously.

Good idea or nah??
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why paint the arm black when the FX4 arm is chrome?

I think it will look really ghetto unless you use a nice boot and a shift **** that will fit properly.

I too have been contemplating this idea as well.
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because its alot quicker and easier to paint it black and it would match lots of stuff in my interior....I don't care about having chrome unless I had the real FX4 arm.
My current shift **** fits the arm just fine. I'd get a boot like this:



I'm trying to picture this setup on a straight arm.
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the stock arm gets bigger as it goes down it doesnt stay the same size i think it will look stupid as hell. i had this idea too then i looked at the arm and said nvm
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Damn, so I would have to get a full length aftermarket boot if I wanted to change it up. I've seen pics of that and always thought it looked dumb.
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Jon...you do know the fx4 arms are shaped WAYYYY different than stock regular arms right??

Regular stock arms ***** are splined and glued on...so I'd imgine you'd need to make some threads or even cut and weld a bolt to it.

oh...btw...this ones for sale....pm me if interested.....
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didn't know they have splines, yeah that wouldn't look too hot.
and what an interesting place to put a shifter arm down lol!
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lol...bed was covered with laundry...and no table in the rest of the house had open space on it. lol.

I got a comparo shot somewhere....stock shifter vs fx4 shifter....
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here's that pic.......the normal stock shifter has been degreed a few degrees forward, but stock for stock, the ball is placed in the same exact spot. just the arm is pitched much more graceful like on the fx4.

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^^^whats the chrome arm out of??? i would put that in my truck
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that's the FX4 shifter.

For what it's worth. Stop being cheap and save up and get a Hurst. You'll absolutely LOVE it and never want to drive a regular throw shifter again. and it looks badass too.
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that's the FX4 shifter.

For what it's worth. Stop being cheap and save up and get a Hurst. You'll absolutely LOVE it and never want to drive a regular throw shifter again. and it looks badass too.
ive read so many conflicting things about the hurst on our rangers....it leaks, it doesnt leak, it leaks even with the home made gasket, it doesnt leak with the gasket, it sorta leaks with the gasket......and then reading about a few who had it and decided to go back to the stock shifter really kept me from wanting one. i'd rather use the stock shifter than deal with that crap.

& for what it's worth, I'm not "cheap"
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I'm the guy from RPS that created the gasket to begin with. I now have a spacer with a vent tube and no leaks whatsoever now.

If you want more info on the Hurst and allllll the trouble other people had, let me know. I'll be glad to help you out and even make a spacer for you if you want. I have plenty of plexi glass left over.
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Q. i know...a little on topic and a little off topic....

would adding that plexi spacer cause issues with the 'fork' length??? lift it up out the rails and therefore functioning wrong?

My hurst leaks....havn't done the RPS rubber gasket 'fix' yet though. Have you posted any info over at RPS about your new and improved fix? I'm interested in it for my Hurst.
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I'm the guy from RPS that created the gasket to begin with. I now have a spacer with a vent tube and no leaks whatsoever now.

If you want more info on the Hurst and allllll the trouble other people had, let me know. I'll be glad to help you out and even make a spacer for you if you want. I have plenty of plexi glass left over.
I appreciate that. Whatever shifter I go with, it's gonna take some time for me to get the scrills together first.
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Q? bump bump!
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