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Old 09-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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Question Aftermarket Auto Shift Handle??

Looking for an aftermarket automatic shifter handle for my 97 TJ,
does anyone make them and are they any good?

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Good question, I too am looking.

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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There are several but all are a total custom PITA installation and none would be good for a daily driver. I installed a B&M shifter onto the 32RH I installed way back and it was 10x the PITA I expected. After a whole lot of work, it shifted like crap and I had to look to see what gear it was in. That TJ was stolen & I haven't seen another shifter I'd waste my time on for my replacement TJ. I agree the oe shifter looks like crap but with what's available in shifters that I've seen, and I am always looking for one worth installing, I'll keep the OE shifter for now.
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The only one that I know of that is a direct fit is by Drake. You can make something else fit but requires modification. I bought a billete handle but the shifter stem apparently is larger in diameter that most. I had to bore my handle out to fit.
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P.S. here's a photo of the B&M shifter I installed. As cool as it looked, it shifted so badly that I wished I had never installed it... especially with how much work it took to get it to shift well enough to even be able to use it.

Don't do it, I won't do it again based on what I've seen that is out there
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I almost lost my handle down a 100' ravine when it came off while I was teeter tottering on two wheels. Got it back on and got out of the spot, but also came off a few more times that day. I don't want to glue it, but it cannot keep coming off AND at the worst possible time.

Guess I will just order a new OEM and hope it stays put.

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Thanks for the Drake idea!
I ordered and received it today and this is exactly what I am looking for!
Simple to install with an allen wrench, well built, nice firm feeling and grip, perfect and WAY better than the OEM!! I will put it to the test this weekend.


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