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wayoflife
11-06-2016, 05:54 PM
For all you guys running a manual transmission, I think you'll be happy to hear about this awesome new product that B&M released at the 2016 SEMA show. As you can see, it's a precision sport shifter for the Jeep JK Wrangler and it's designed to provide precision shifts, shorter throws and a more positive feel while driving off road. Best part is, it'll be offered for only $300.

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Thegreenmachine12
11-06-2016, 06:00 PM
Ok, that's freaking awesome. Haven't seen anything like this offered for a JK yet.


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QuicksilverJK
11-06-2016, 06:05 PM
How much shorter is the throw? I never thought of the jk shifter as being too long. It's not a race car after all [emoji848]


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wayoflife
11-06-2016, 06:13 PM
How much shorter is the throw? I never thought of the jk shifter as being too long. It's not a race car after all [emoji848]

LOL!! It doesn't feel to bad with a 2011 and up but on an 2007-10, the throw was enough to cause you to hit a Daystar switch panel and prevent you from getting in gear. Maybe it's just me but I was never too fond of it and would welcome a shorter throw.

JeepJeep75
11-06-2016, 06:33 PM
The Corvette side of my brain says "hell yea, a shorter throw shifter!". The Jeep side of my brain says "what's the rush?"... It does however have a huge cool-factor!

wayoflife
11-06-2016, 06:35 PM
The Corvette side of my brain says "hell yea, a shorter throw shifter!". The Jeep side of my brain says "what's the rush?"... It does however have a huge cool-factor!

LOL!! Maybe it's just but but in addition to exploring and rock crawling, there is a side of me that enjoys bombing through the desert :crazyeyes:

frenchjk
11-06-2016, 08:48 PM
whats the point of having a short throw if you are limited by the slow action of the clutch? ......... If you were to have a racing Jeep with fast clutch and lever action you have to change everything out.....might as well get a Ferrari or McLaren to enjoy the action......just saying. :D

Hot94Z28
11-06-2016, 08:51 PM
I had a B&M sport for my Camaro and loved it, really surprised nothing has been offered before.


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KJ_CJtoJK
11-07-2016, 01:18 AM
If it had some type a reverse lock-out, I would be very interested. I find the 6th gear & reverse gate to be a very bad design - easy to slip into reverse trying to hit 6th.

OverlanderJK
11-07-2016, 01:35 AM
If it had some type a reverse lock-out, I would be very interested. I find the 6th gear & reverse gate to be a very bad design - easy to slip into reverse trying to hit 6th.

Easy to hit reverse going to 6th? :thinking: I don't even know how anyone could do that.


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KJ_CJtoJK
11-07-2016, 02:26 AM
Easy to hit reverse going to 6th? :thinking: I don't even know how anyone could do that.


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A little too much side pressure to the right coming out of 5th and you hit the reverse gate. I never go into reverse, but you get the nasty grinding noise.

frenchjk
11-07-2016, 09:24 PM
A little too much side pressure to the right coming out of 5th and you hit the reverse gate. I never go into reverse, but you get the nasty grinding noise.
hmm once did that going the other way 6th 5th 4th 3rd at a toll when the jk was new.......never happened again.

bigcale
11-07-2016, 10:51 PM
Love the short throw i put on my rally cross prepped WRX so I will probably have to have this.

DWiggles
11-07-2016, 11:13 PM
If it had some type a reverse lock-out, I would be very interested. I find the 6th gear & reverse gate to be a very bad design - easy to slip into reverse trying to hit 6th.


Easy to hit reverse going to 6th? :thinking: I don't even know how anyone could do that.


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Try going to 6th from any gear other than 5th... it's a bitch... lol

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dannymalkin
11-07-2016, 11:49 PM
Uh on my 08 I've never once had a problem going into 6th?

On the new shifter, I'm actually intrigued and may have to pick one up.

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aermid
11-08-2016, 12:49 AM
I think I'm too short to reach this if I swapped out my shifter lol. I'm 5'3" :D


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Evil
11-16-2016, 08:24 AM
I think I'm too short to reach this if I swapped out my shifter lol. I'm 5'3" :D


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I think your missing the point.


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aermid
11-16-2016, 10:03 AM
I think your missing the point.


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I get it. It says it in the description. Precision shifts, shorter throws.


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aermid
11-16-2016, 10:22 AM
What I didn't get is that it looks like the shifter fits over that so the distance remains the same. Why not just say that instead of stopping with "you missed the point".


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Evil
11-17-2016, 05:50 AM
What I didn't get is that it looks like the shifter fits over that so the distance remains the same. Why not just say that instead of stopping with "you missed the point".


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Shifter height remains the same. Throw is shorter. Ill have pics when this is released and available for purchase. :thumb:

Modit
11-17-2016, 05:51 AM
If it had some type a reverse lock-out, I would be very interested. I find the 6th gear & reverse gate to be a very bad design - easy to slip into reverse trying to hit 6th.
That took some getting used to, and I've been driving manual transmissions my whole life.
I've found that if I grab the left side of the shift knob with the palm of my hand it will go from 5th to 6th easier.

raven12
11-17-2016, 07:08 AM
Looks great. I really hope the top is threaded to accept standard shift knobs. I ended up chopping the top of my stock shaft off and welded on a threaded portion.


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raven12
04-03-2017, 08:17 PM
Hi guys. Bit of an update. I called B&M. These should be in stock around the 14th, but pricing is set at $469.99!! :eek:

$300 sounded doable. $470 is a totally different story.

tanmanjk
04-03-2017, 09:34 PM
Yeah cancel that

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Evil
06-12-2017, 01:03 AM
You guys will spend 400 + on a fancy steering stabilizer but 469.99 for something that might actually help is out of the question :cheesy:

Mine should be here Tuesday and install to follow shortly. Ill let you know how it turns out :thumb:

XJADDICTION
06-12-2017, 01:11 AM
whats the point of having a short throw if you are limited by the slow action of the clutch? ......... If you were to have a racing Jeep with fast clutch and lever action you have to change everything out.....might as well get a Ferrari or McLaren to enjoy the action......just saying. :D

Hmmm, well the 3.6L is used by Maserati punched to 400+ HP, and my JKURHR is red...


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jesse3638
06-12-2017, 01:12 AM
You guys will spend 400 + on a fancy steering stabilizer but 469.99 for something that might actually help is out of the question :cheesy:

Mine should be here Tuesday and install to follow shortly. Ill let you know how it turns out :thumb:
Keep us posted I'm curious..:)

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sassmouth
06-12-2017, 01:34 AM
You guys will spend 400 + on a fancy steering stabilizer but 469.99 for something that might actually help is out of the question :cheesy:

Mine should be here Tuesday and install to follow shortly. Ill let you know how it turns out :thumb:

I installed mine about a month ago. I like the shorter throw. It is also requires more force to shift which I think is good because my factory shifter was somewhat loose feeling

I recommend ordering an extra "shifter donut" in case you tear the original one like I did. I have the part number if you need it.

BTW you don't have to drop the gas tank or the cross member as per BM's instructions . You can slide in the shifter donut from below and push the shifter through it from above


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JKbrick
06-12-2017, 02:04 AM
I installed mine about a month ago. I like the shorter throw. It is also requires more force to shift which I think is good because my factory shifter was somewhat loose feeling

I recommend ordering an extra "shifter donut" in case you tear the original one like I did. I have the part number if you need it.

BTW you don't have to drop the gas tank or the cross member as per BM's instructions . You can slide in the shifter donut from below and push the shifter through it from above


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Did you take any pics of installation?


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sassmouth
06-12-2017, 02:20 AM
Did you take any pics of installation?


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I didn't unfortunately. however the PDF instructions did have some nice color photos


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JKbrick
06-12-2017, 03:04 AM
I didn't unfortunately. however the PDF instructions did have some nice color photos


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So does it not flop around when you are moving anymore?


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sassmouth
06-12-2017, 03:07 AM
So does it not flop around when you are moving anymore?


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It still moves just not as severely as before. The shifting does take more effort for sure.

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sassmouth
07-10-2017, 03:36 PM
FYI to those who have or are about to install this sport shifter

When I drained my transmission fluid, I found two small machine screws. The screws came from the shifter. When I inspected the shifter, I found two more screws that were backing out.

If I hadn't drained the trans I would have not noticed that this was happening. Having screws bounce around in the transmission could have been very bad and catestrophic if the shifter came apart. The shifter has only been in use for 6 weeks.

I am talking about this issue with the manufacturer. They didn't have loctite on the screws apparently.

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VeruGE*144
07-10-2017, 03:42 PM
FYI to those who have or are about to install this sport shifter

When I drained my transmission fluid, I found two small machine screws. The screws came from the shifter. When I inspected the shifter, I found two more screws that were backing out.

If I hadn't drained the trans I would have not noticed that this was happening. Having screws bounce around in the transmission could have been very bad and catestrophic if the shifter came apart. The shifter has only been in use for 6 weeks.

I am talking about this issue with the manufacturer. They didn't have loctite on the screws apparently.

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Damn, that's sucks. Luckily you caught that in time [emoji51]. I am curious to hear what the manufacturer has to say about this.


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MR.Ty
07-10-2017, 04:16 PM
Lucky you caught it for sure. Keep us posted on how they handle it.

wayoflife
07-10-2017, 04:39 PM
Whoa!! Good thing you caught this. Would have been bad for sure if you hadn't.

JKbrick
07-10-2017, 07:15 PM
I smell a recall


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sassmouth
07-10-2017, 07:52 PM
When i told them they said they had no records of any complaints. I said no one would even know until it was too late.

They will gladly send me a new one but are checking with their manufacturing division. I definitely would have no interest in a new one until i have some confidence in those screws not coming out.

Meanwhile i am finally finishing up reassembling everything under the jeep after completing the clutch replacement. Now would be the best time for me to change out the shifter. I have the original shifter reinstalled at this point.

I first called them last Wednesday but after getting no updated response i followed up with them again today. I may not be willing to wait on their manufacturing division to fix this issue...who knows how long that will take.

UPDATE: They will be changing the type of screws being provided and will be adding loctite as well. Waiting to hear back as to when i could get a replacement.

sassmouth
07-14-2017, 06:18 PM
Well after to speaking to B&M about my issue earlier this week, they have told me that that were going to add loctite and change out the screws they were using. They have responded promptly and overnighted a new shifter to me. I talked to their technical assistance personnel and i believe that they took this issue seriously.

However I cannot tell by looking at the replacement if the loctite was added or if the screw threads are different as the screw heads look the same as before. I physically checked the screws to see if i could turn them with a little force but none budged. Maybe what happened to the first shifter I had was an anomaly. :idontknow:

I will be installing the replacement sport shifter and hopefully it will hold up long term.

Morkai
07-15-2017, 12:48 AM
I've been waiting for this since my '10 2 door, lol! Always ran a short throw shifter on my mustangs when I was younger and loved them.

I know, jeep's not a sports car, but I've always thought that throw could be shorter!

Good find on those screws, that could have ended way worse! Nice hear they took it seriously and hooked you up!


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JKbrick
07-15-2017, 12:51 AM
Well after to speaking to B&M about my issue earlier this week, they have told me that that were going to add loctite and change out the screws they were using. They have responded promptly and overnighted a new shifter to me. I talked to their technical assistance personnel and i believe that they took this issue seriously.

However I cannot tell by looking at the replacement if the loctite was added or if the screw threads are different as the screw heads look the same as before. I physically checked the screws to see if i could turn them with a little force but none budged. Maybe what happened to the first shifter I had was an anomaly. :idontknow:

I will be installing the replacement sport shifter and hopefully it will hold up long term.

Are the screws something you can verify by removing them if they have loctite and if not you can loctite them back in?


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sassmouth
07-15-2017, 04:23 AM
Are the screws something you can verify by removing them if they have loctite and if not you can loctite them back in?


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There are 8 screws in total with 4 being accessible. I checked them using a cut down allen wrench just to make sure that they were tight.

TripleBJK
01-25-2018, 06:35 PM
Any long term review for this item?


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