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Old 02-04-2019, 07:26 PM
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5 spd manual shifter ball 1986

My shifter ball has cracked and sometimes pinches the palm of my hand when I'm driving. Annoying. I looked for a good used shifter ball but it looks like they are kind of hard to find and kind of expensive. What are some alternatives? What are most people doing? Would I be correct in saying that the original ball was just plain black with no shifter pattern.. Was it shiny or did it have some grain to it? Any info appreciated...
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Old 02-05-2019, 08:36 AM
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If u r looking for a used one there is a guy just started parting a 91 z28 G92 5sp posted on tampa fl craigslist pretty sure he will ship.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:44 AM
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If you don't want to spend the money on a used one, I guess you could probably fix your old one with glue or something.
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Re: 5 spd manual shifter ball 1986

My 86 was just a smooth, glossy black. No texture. No pattern, as the pattern is on the console. .....just hit up EBAY. SOOOOOOooooooo many options. I bought one from Sickspeed, although now I'm using a white Tremec ball.
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Old 02-05-2019, 01:39 PM
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The Camaro shifter ball I have around here somewhere has an even texture. Not sure what year Camaro it came out of. Z28s, Irocs, etc should the leather wrapped ball. Seems the 4th gen Camaro shifter was pretty close too. What with V6s, shouldn't be too hard to find one.

There's always the M67 frag grenade... Or a 8-ball with a hole drilled and tapped.
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My smooth, untextured ball WAS in a V6 car. I assumed since he said it was cracked and pinching his hand, that was the same shifter ball. I should've pointed that out and not assumed.
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I went through 4 of those under warranty in my '91. Kept splitting up the back side. The dealer must have thought I was powershifting with every gear change. I actually drove that car like a grandma.
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I'm sure Hawks has new ones. (non-leather), for like 20 bucks.
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My smooth, untextured ball WAS in a V6 car. I assumed since he said it was cracked and pinching his hand, that was the same shifter ball. I should've pointed that out and not assumed.
It's possible they changed a few times, I'd almost bet on it. Mine has been on 3 cars I know of (so far), and no problems yet. Not sure I've heard of one breaking before now...
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I'm sure Hawks has new ones. (non-leather), for like 20 bucks.
Sarcasm? I think Hawks would charge for the weekly spam they send out, if they could.
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When I did the T5 swap on my '83, I wanted everything to look factory. I was able to find an '82-'83 shifter ball with the leather stitching going up and down from someone parting an '83. It was really nice, I think I paid 10 bucks for it.
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Re: 5 spd manual shifter ball 1986

my car is v6 also. I found a cheap plain black shifter ball. its called DORMAN part number EDIT REDACTED INFORMATION BECAUSE IT DIDNT WORK.... its under 9 bucks shipped on rockauto and right around 10 or 11 on ebay. it has no shift pattern printed on it, which was kind of hard to find. I do a lot of shopping on ebay and I couldn't for the life of me find a plain black one until I knew the keyword . It doesn't look like all that great of a part but it is better than a cracked ball. I'll let you guys know if its decent. This will at least get me by until spring when I do a lot of swap meeting lol EDIT< GUYS IT DID NOT WORK!!!

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Last one I saw was several hundred bucks. Glad I “found one on the factory floor” and saved it from being swept into the garbage. My one that came on the car has the stiching on the side. The one I saved, has the stiching over the top. Never was a set pattern with those. Should have “found” a lot more parts so I could share.
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Ktthecarguy has the same shifter on his 86 as I had in mine. Right or wrong...for reference...this is what I'm referring to. Post 15.
https://www.thirdgen.org/forums/hist...n-camaros.html
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That one looks smooth... But the one I have stashed has a definite orange peel texture. Not the best pics, but I can't get in the attic right now... You can see that the texture isn't smooth.







Wish I could remember what year Camaro it came from. A buddy pulled it out of a thirdgen in the junkyard while I was getting parts off another car. It was in his fiero for years, then when he sold the Fiero, the new owner went with another ****, so I traded the Firebird **** in my Camaro to the new owner for the ball. LOL
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The one in my '91 was smooth for sure.
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Hmm, I guess mine must just be covered in clay bar residue, or it's trick photography, flash artifacts, or swamp gas.

I'll pull it out the next time I'm in there digging for parts and refresh my memory. I'd swear it's textured, just like the e-brake handle, steering wheel, etc etc etc. Oh well.
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Re: 5 spd manual shifter ball 1986

The dorman shifter ball I mentioned getting above is not the right physical size (too small) and is does not accept the threads on my shifter. do not buy.!!
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Hmm, I guess mine must just be covered in clay bar residue, or it's trick photography, flash artifacts, or swamp gas.

I'll pull it out the next time I'm in there digging for parts and refresh my memory. I'd swear it's textured, just like the e-brake handle, steering wheel, etc etc etc. Oh well.
I like the swamp gas theory.
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This is the ball from my 1991 RS. It has a couple hairline cracks, perhaps they could be filled with some type of epoxy. I’m going to a t56 with a hurst shift ball and no longer need this. If you think you can use it, let me know, just pay the shipping.
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Yep, that's what mine did. From the threaded insert up the back side.
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