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    shift cables with stretch

    what have people done about the shift cable after their stretch. mine is only 3" stretch but the one cable is now too short. is there a replacement cable or have people just spliced it? length is critical here I believe.
    What was I thinking??!!  I could have a VR4 Spyder for this kind of money.

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    Re: shift cables with stretch

    Strangely enough there seems to be a whole bunch of different length cables floating around for fieros. Some are as much as 3-4" longer than others! Kitcarnut had four extra cables, two of which were about 2" 1/2 longer than the other two!

    BTW, he has a countach which requires more then a 3" strech, and he used the stock fiero cables. Go figure.

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    Re: shift cables with stretch

    I just stretched mine this past week..same car
    as kitcarnut but a longer stretch and no way were my
    cables going to reach.

    What I did was --
    remove the cable from the shifter.
    Cut the "head" off leaving about an inch of rod with it.
    Thread that piece or rod with NC20 (if i recall) thread.
    Thread about an inch on the remaining cable as well.
    Then take a piece of 3/8 brake line 5" long.
    Thread the inside of each end.
    Now screw in/on the brake line to the head and the
    cable precisely 1/2" each end.
    Now you have a 4" stretched cable.
    Remove the gear shift assembly. 4 bolts .. no big
    deal. Mark the location of the shifter relative to the bolts.
    Cut the circular retainer piece off leaving a flange.
    Weld in a 2"x4" strip of metal to move that
    retainer piece back that 4".
    Put the shifter assembly back in.
    Put your cables back on.
    Re-adjust your cables at the transmission end...
    See your manual for the simple instructions to do that.
    (Note if the 4" is pretty darn close you might not have
    to adjust anything).

    This process is pictured in the www.ifgonline.com website.
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    Re: shift cables with stretch

    The Isuzu 5spd cables are long enough if you thread both cables through the lefthand firewall hole. The Muncie 4spd is a different matter. The shift cable was too short. I added about 4"(solid rod) to the console end and attached to the shifter lever. I then cut off the associated ball mount bracket from the main console shifter bracket and remounted (bolted) it to the console tunnel about 4" back, just use the same fork holder and drill some mount holes. Remember not to drill deep, there is a gas tank below!!! The 3rd way is to buy some Getrag Select cables, which are about 3-4" longer. Problem is, the select cables are not built for the *hard/longer, push/pull of the shift throw and will break over time. My experience anyway.
    Sandy
    Lastly, there is at least one person out there that succeeded in using 1960-70's boat shifter cables.

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    Re: shift cables with stretch

    The Isuzu 5spd cables are long enough if you thread both cables through the lefthand firewall hole. The Muncie 4spd is a different matter. The shift cable was too short. I added about 4"(solid rod) to the console end and attached to the shifter lever. I then cut off the associated ball mount bracket from the main console shifter bracket and remounted (bolted) it to the console tunnel about 4" back, just use the same fork holder and drill some mount holes. Remember not to drill deep, there is a gas tank below!!! The 3rd way is to buy some Getrag Select cables, which are about 3-4" longer. Problem is, the select cables are not built for the *hard/longer, push/pull of the shift throw and will break over time. My experience anyway.
    Sandy
    Lastly, there is at least one person out there that succeeded in using 1960-70's boat shifter cables.
    well my fuel tank is still out so shouldn't be a problem. thanks.
    What was I thinking??!!&nbsp; I could have a VR4 Spyder for this kind of money.

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    This is very dangerous to shift cables from one place to another place. But for experts nothing is difficult. Good luck. Have nice day.

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