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Custom Hurst Shifter Review - 07CTSV \ PISNUOFF \ Brian

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Here we go. I will be using this thread to follow the install and before/after reviews of this newer shifter option for our V1's. With a few other guys already providing feedback on the 54inches shifters, I got in contact with Brian (PISNUOFF/07CTS-V) about properly modifying the Hurst 3916030 for our cars. I can't say enough about his work and he went above and beyond to get me this thing during the holidays. Even if the USPS decided to deliver it a few days later than expected lol.

What I was looking for:
-Replaceable stalk: Shorter one for DD work, able to swap out to a longer one for track days/auto-x. Not that it is a huge deal to some, but I prefer to not have to reach off the wheel a longer distance than I have to during aggressive driving. We will see how this works in the long run, but it makes sense in my head so far (can't guarantee that is always successful)
-Upgraded pivot ball
-Improved connection/bushings at the linkage
-Rebuildable and easily serviceable
-That classic Hurst knob/stalk combo.

What I am starting with for a baseline:
2005 CTS-V - Completely Stock Shifter - Creative Steel Bushings - 9k miles on a new Trans Mount (No Insert yet). This is by far the tightest shifting stock V I have driven...but I swear the ZF6 in my F250 had a shorter throw.

The goods - you can see the Delrin bushings in the linkage connection as well as the bolt "wings" machined off in order to use the stock stamped hold down. Hardware to replace the rivets you will drill out during the install. Hurst supplied grease for pivots etc. (ignore the bronze isolator cup as its being saved for later)

Closeup of the inside of the pivot. You can see the snap ring inside. Once that is removed you can press the base off and rebuild the guts if you ever needed to.

Sleeve machined and pressed onto the base in order to properly fit the stock stamped hold down. You can also see the new bushings for where the shifter attaches to the linkage. No shimming with washers.

Will update tomorrow with pictures of the install and before/after initial reviews.
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I'm in, I am adding this to my order for the alcantra shift boot as well. Email sent to your Hotmail.
This is a joke right? Pissnuoff being banned makes about as much sense as deleting a sticky thread....he was the single most helpful resources during my short tenure on this site. If a guy like this gets banned off the 04-07 forum then I guess there isn't much hope to find new and viable posts about our aging cars.

Seriously, bring this guy back the forum is loosing an extremely valuable resource that will most likely never be replaced with an equal.
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Ok so I got my shifter put in and my Alcantra boot installed today finally. I can say that I didn't fully appreciate how crappy my stock shifter was until I got the Hurst installed. Damn this thing drives better now, I took it out and ran it hard without the bezel or foam right after I got her buttoned up and I was amazed with the difference. I'll shoot a picture of what it all looks like now that it is installed tomorrow and post it up.

One thing I did realize is that I desperately need new motor mounts and trans mounts now. I am still having a difficult time getting her into 1st and reverse....but boy does she shift better through the other gears.

Thanks again Brian!
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Good gracious guys I'm sure there are a few of us that could help explain the is really easy and no need to take it to anyone to have parts removed. I have the stock exhaust and resonator in place and am able to get my arms past it to get to the shifter base. Let me know what questions you have and I will see what I can do to walk you through the process. It takes me roughly 15 minutes now to pull my shifter out and put it back in once the car is up on ramps or jack stands in the front.
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