2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Mallett Shifter in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; FWIW if you're just looking to shorten the throw and get a little slop out of the shifting then I ...
they sell for about $50 or so and it replaces the factory stick, not the shifter. however this also removes the rubber isolator in the shifter which makes the shifts feel "more firm", plus by lowering the stick height it, in effect, shortens the throws.
Now that said I've used Hurst shifters in my cars and there is a more noticeable improvement in the quality of the shift but tranny noise has always seamed to be the result. My Red-Neck solution to the noise is this:
Get some Foam or pillow stuffing and fill a large zip lock back with is. Cut a hole in the middle of the bag and reinforce edges with duct tape. so now you have a "doughnut" of foam inside the plastic of the bag. Make two of these. Place the first one over the shifter under the weather boot, place the second one on top of the weather boot, (under the shifter boot). On my TA it cut down tranny noise about 75% or so, but it's still a louder than stock. Anyhow, 100,000 miles later it still seams to be working fine.
I emailed Mallettcars this morning and promptly received a phone call from Chuck Mallett himself to discuss my shifter concerns. Excellent customer service (Cadillac, you listening?).
We discussed the shifter noise and he offered to send a kit that they use on the Corvette's which is basically a piece of roll bar padding strapped around the shifter stalk underneath the boot to help absorb the sound. This sounds like a good idea and I've received similar suggestions from others on this board so I told him I'd try it (I have roll bar padding laying around so he need not send any).
We also discussed the "notchiness" of the shifter and he indicated that this is the nature of the transmission. I have to agree. The stock shifter was notchy as well, but due to the rubber isolators in the mount it didn't feel as much so. I did some more driving on the way to work this morning and it isn't that bad. The short throws are actually superior to the stock shifter. Remember, my throws are a tad shorter than the Mallett shifter due to the modification I mentioned above. It is a marginal difference - but still a difference (say maybe a total of 1.25" shorter in throw from 1st to 2nd?). I like the shifter feel more today than yesterday, even though it is not quite what I expected.
I will try the noise isolation issue above and let everyone know how it works out. I'm going to upgrade my rating on this item due to the fact that there is a VERY SUPPORTIVE VENDOR who RESPONDS QUICKLY AND PROFESSIONALLY to out concerns. I'll give the shifter 5 stars on throw, 4 stars on feel, 3.5 stars on precision, but still hold it at 2 stars on value. Some of you can and will make these parts yourselves, and more power to you. Kudos to MallettCars for making the parts available so quickly after the vehicles introduction, before even the Cadillac authorized parts that were announced many months ago have even hit the market.
Thanks, Chuck, for the quick response and for offering our family of cars such incredible aftermarket potential.
Just proves you get what you pay for. Good to see Mallett is supporting their customers! I think with the shifter, the issue is that while fine for a car with the personality of a Viper, Vette or Camaro, noise and notchiness feel a little out of place in a Caddy. FWIW though some people have had success reducing tranny noise by upgrading the case fluid to Synthetic Tranny Fluid.... Red line maybe? Man it's been forever I don't remember the details.... I used to stay on top of this stuff.....
Lowering the actuation point is the way to go. Shortening the handle decreases your leverage and has no 'good' value.. Dont forget, the V doesent have a real trans shifter. Its a mechanical articulating arm and is remote. It will never be a great shifter no matter what. I hope to have urethane bushings next week. I will let everyone know what the noise level result is. Im usung 90 Dur urethane instead of aluminum on all connections.
Mobil1 tranny fluid is going in this weekend, wonder if my shiftometer will notice any difference?
Wildwhl, do you have pix of the relocated roll-pin hole mod? Sounds like something easy to do for a low-budget tweak.
I did not take any pictures, but if you pull your shifter out and look at it you will see what I'm talking about. The black "shift rod" that connects to the transmission with the c-clip terminates into a machined block on the shifter end. This block slides onto the shifter stalk below the pivot ball and is held in place with a roll ping. I simply removed the roll pin and drilled a hole approximately 1/4" above that in this machined block, reinserted the roll pin and installed. I feel this is an improvement over the stock location, and with the mallett stock only being 1/2" shorter there is still plenty of leverage. You can move the block down farther if you desire, although I'm not sure how much clearance there is above the transmission, so be careful. You also don't want to go so far as to make the connection sloppy where the block and shaft slide together.
Finally, if you have a burn off saw and a welder you can simply index the shifter stalk above the pivot point - cut the desire amount out (anything more than an 1" will be insane and make the shifter too low in the console I think), weld it back together paying attention to your index lines, and have a pretty inexpensive solution to a short shifter - but it will still feel rubberlike and not nearly as solid as the Mallett does with the aluminum bushings.
Good luck. Experiment and you might find your own solution to a common dislike of the V. Still, I like the Mallett shifter as is and it would have been fine even without my modification (save for the noise not being Cadillac-like).
I've lived with the shifter for a week now, and I must admit I like it. It is much better than stock and certainly feels right during both enthusiastic and normal driving. I have not yet installed the additional sound insulator suggested, but don't seem to notice the noise anymore.Could be the a/c and radio are covering it. Under WOT in 1-2-3 it is quite noticable, but pretty good everwhere else.