I had one in my 06 GT. I used it all the time and the tranny never had an issue. That said I also had a PA Performance Deep Pan and a Tranny fluid catch can reservoir as well. It was a great shifter and a hella lot of fun. When I got it though it was under 300. The shifter in the 05-09 car was GARBAGE compared to the 10+ car shifters feel wise anyway. The TCI is very nice. A HUGE improvement over the stock shifter for the first generation s197. Not so much for the 11+ cars and the 13 has the select shift too..
I had a bama tune with my old car and it was set for firm shifts. The ratchet shifter was one of my favorite mods because it was so much fun to bang gears...
Keep in mind at the track I could never do a better job than the computer shifting too... The shifter isnt a needed thing for cars without manual valve bodies and will not react like a F1 car with paddle shifters. Fun though.. Hell ya! It looks menacing too. That said. If I had bought my 13 as an auto I dont think I would have spent 500 on it. uh uh...
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Originally Posted by JimC
I didn't realize that TCI had updated their ratchet shifter for the 2011+. A friend has it in his 2005 and it looks really nice. As far as shifting yourself it isn't going to hurt the transmission. Even with the TCI the computer will have control and won't let it downshift if you are going too fast.
The 2013 with the 'sport mode' where I can use the +/- button will hold a gear but the computer will step in and shift if I don't to try to avoid damage. I wouldn't rely upon it since the damage may already be done, but it will hold a gear up or down.
The TCI would never up or downshift on the 05-09 cars...Hmmm. I cant remember if the stock shifter would... I dont think so though... Maybe they changed that on the 11+ 6 speed auto... ?
What made it easier to do was to manually shift gears (for the fun of it, again the computer does an excellent job every time with programmed shift points) and the stock shifter in the s197 cars were notorious for the shifter being sloppy and jumping a gear or getting caught inbetween... I dont think the new cars have that problem at all... ESP if you have the 13 you can just push the sport mode button and toggle up and down through the gears... Not the same as manually banging the gear though... Hard to explain.. Once you drive a car with a ratchet shifter you understand and it really makes you feel like you are rowing through the gears.
I would agree with the post above that putting the money towards a driveshaft or tuner would be money better spent. I would put it in the driveshaft if you are hellbent on making your drivetrain better.
If you are not concerned with gas milage than put the money into a nice triple disc stall converter. That will get your car to launch, free up hp and make the car rev quicker.
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Originally Posted by Alexcarlo12
I never even noticed a black button on the shifter. I was going to get a bama tune either way I just didn't know if the ratchet shifter would work best with a tuned automatic.
2013 Cars now have it.
Also I read an article where the media was asking why no paddle shifter like the Camaro or type of shifter where the shifter kicks out to the side and lets you up and downshift with just a push forward or back like the Challenger has in the Mustang. The Ford rep basically said that the transmission isnt designed to shift like a F1 car and though it is good the computer delay to the trans will not allow for crisp immediate shifting.. If they did put it in (and it was discussed when designing the new shifter) it would be a bad representation of what people expected... They felt the toggle switch on the side would still be a nice added feature and would represent better. Maybe we will see it in the 2015...