Date: 08 Feb 2002 16:30:20 GMT
From: jmel5nopsamcomnospam (JMEL5)
Subject: Re: Viggen shift idiocy


Rubbery shifters are the worst feeling for someone that loves a manual tranny. I don't own a Saab now, but I have been looking seriously at the Viggen, and I noticed that the shifter was a bit rubbery, but, I am also comparing it to what I drive now. I have a 5 liter Mustang with a 5 speed transmission. The stock shifter in that car had long throughs and was a bit rubbery. Of course, there are a huge amount of aftermarket performance parts for Mustangs, so for $160 (US) I bought a Steeda tri-ax shifter that is amazingly crisp and has positive stops so you don't bend the forks. Steeda doesn't make a shifter for Saab, but, to take a lesson from that shifter, it doesn't have any rubber between the shifter and the shift handle, making a solid connection between you and the transmission. The downside is that you also feel some vibration down there and you hear a little noise coming through, but, your shifts are much firmer (which is why they also engineered in the positive stops, so you don't damage the tranny). I don't know if any aftermarket performance companies make a new shifter for the Saab Viggen, but, perhaps you could take off the shift boot and see if there is some way to take out the rubber isolator that is most likely in there between the shifter and the handle. The one warning on doing this is that if you shift hard, you won't have the rubber in there to lessen the shock, so you could overextend your shifts. If you do find an aftermarket shifter for the Saab, let me know. I'll continue to look online and see if I can find one, too. JJ > >I contacted Abbott racing with this problem but they don't not have a fix. >I HATE the way my Viggen shifts, sloppy, slow, imprecise, and very spongy. >Abbott's only advice is to have one engineered, although this is a >reasonable alternative and very expensive (more than I paid for the Viggen >recovery kit), I would like to find a better way. Does anyone know if Saab >makes a performance model shifter that I can graft into this car. Thanks >for the help in advance..... > >GJK > > > > > > >

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