Resting Your Hand on the Shifter


Fubar

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A true GT tech or Ricardo expert would probably be best source of info on this topic. I suspect we could all speculate... :facepalm:
 

BlackICE

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A true GT tech or Ricardo expert would probably be best source of info on this topic. I suspect we could all speculate... :facepalm:
My speculation is that you can rest your hand on the shifter with zero problems as long as you don't move the shifter from its natural position in that gear or the input and output shafts aren't turning.
 

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Never rest your hands on the steering wheel. It will wear out all of the front suspension joints, steering rack, and power steering pump.

Feet cause problems too. Never rest your right foot on the throttle. It will wear out the entire drive train! True fact! ;)
 

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^^^^ Too much time in the Florida sun.

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"It partially engages the synchronizers and causes the fork pads (I don't know what they are) to wear out prematurely, as well as the synchronizer and gear teeth."



'Sounds more than a bit "Alice in Wonderland" to me.

'Have rested my hand on the shifter of every std shift car I've ever owned and I've n-e-v-e-r had to repair any of them.

Some of those cars were driven over 100,000 miles.

As regards the FGT's tranny specifically; it seems more than a bit odd to me that its Recardo can withstand a couple thousand h.p. and a trainload of torque with no problem at all...but, it might fall apart if one rests his hand on its shifter. :skep "'Know what I mean, Vern?" ('Too old a reference, perhaps?)
 
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BlackICE

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Somehow I don't believe you...









Some of those cars were driven over 100,000 miles.
 

Empty Pockets

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Somehow I don't believe you...
I'd need an 'aid car' if you DID!
 

RPM217

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"It partially engages the synchronizers and causes the fork pads (I don't know what they are) to wear out prematurely, as well as the synchronizer and gear teeth."



'Sounds more than a bit "Alice in Wonderland" to me.

'Have rested my hand on the shifter of every std shift car I've ever owned and I've n-e-v-e-r had to repair any of them.

Some of those cars were driven over 100,000 miles.

As regards the FGT's tranny specifically; it seems more than a bit odd to me that its Recardo can withstand a couple thousand h.p. and a trainload of torque with no problem at all...but, it might fall apart if one rests his hand on its shifter. :skep "'Know what I mean, Vern?" ('Too old a reference, perhaps?)
Driving a car 100,000 miles in a trailer doesn't count. You can rest your hand on any stick shift you own, since you never drive them!!!
 

Empty Pockets

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Driving a car 100,000 miles in a trailer doesn't count. You can rest your hand on any stick shift you own, since you never drive them!!!
Yeeeeeeeeeeew PINHEAD!!! How the frog hair can one D-R-I-V-E a car that's in a trailer???

You be one sick puppy! But, sick as yew is, I loves ya anyway, sir! :thumbsup
 

BlackICE

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Yeeeeeeeeeeew PINHEAD!!! How the frog hair can one D-R-I-V-E a car that's in a trailer???

You be one sick puppy! But, sick as yew is, I loves ya anyway, sir! :thumbsup
One can imagine you sitting behind the wheel in your trailered car, while your wifey is driving the tow vehicle. You are smiling as you feel the car moving as if you were really driving it. What a thrill compared to just sitting in the car while it is in the garage. :lol
 

Empty Pockets

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One can imagine you sitting behind the wheel in your trailered car, while your wifey is driving the tow vehicle. You are smiling as you feel the car moving as if you were really driving it. What a thrill compared to just sitting in the car while it is in the garage. :lol
You're even sicker than '217! Holy dadgum krymuny! Whodah thunk it possible!
 

NorthwoodGT

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this theory was around years ago when the floor shifters were sitting on top of the transmissions or had a direct shaft to the gears. there is absolutely no way laying your hands on top of a Ford GT shifter is doing any harm whatsoever. you've got a shifter mounted on insulators to the floor with 7' long cables that pass thru a captive bracket. laying your hands on top isn't going to affect it at all. Now that being said- if you are holding or pushing the shifter handle fore or aft, that could put additional pressures into the box but other than that, no way. jmo I'll check in with my Ricardo guy as well.
 

Empty Pockets

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this theory was around years ago when the floor shifters were sitting on top of the transmissions or had a direct shaft to the gears. there is absolutely no way laying your hands on top of a Ford GT shifter is doing any harm whatsoever. you've got a shifter mounted on insulators to the floor with 7' long cables that pass thru a captive bracket. laying your hands on top isn't going to affect it at all. Now that being said- if you are holding or pushing the shifter handle fore or aft, that could put additional pressures into the box but other than that, no way. jmo I'll check in with my Ricardo guy as well.
Amen...
 

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this theory was around years ago when the floor shifters were sitting on top of the transmissions or had a direct shaft to the gears. there is absolutely no way laying your hands on top of a Ford GT shifter is doing any harm whatsoever. you've got a shifter mounted on insulators to the floor with 7' long cables that pass thru a captive bracket. laying your hands on top isn't going to affect it at all. Now that being said- if you are holding or pushing the shifter handle fore or aft, that could put additional pressures into the box but other than that, no way. jmo I'll check in with my Ricardo guy as well.
Based on absolutely no test data, my thoughts are that it is impossible to drive with your hand on the shifter and not be putting some forward, aft and lateral pressures on the shifter and therefore cables. It's similar to walking with a cup full of liquids and not spilling it, unless you concentrate on not moving your hand. I doubt most people who rest their hand on the shifter are concentrating on not moving their hand as they drive. Just the weight of your hand and arm which is being pulled on by your body moving has got to be putting pressure on the shifter and possibly cables. I rest my hand on the console at the base of the shifter. When I mentioned this to some of my car buddies, a couple told me that they got nerve damage from the shifter ball pressing on their hands, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
 

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Wow. Either your hands are MUCH heavier than mine, or your shifter moves around a LOT easier than mine does! My few ounces of occasional hand weight lightly resting on my shifter ball wouldn't even BEGIN to get my shifter to move around enough to set the cables in motion.
 

ultrasportracing

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Anyone who knows anything about Transmissions will tell you that once a gear is selected, ( it is held in place by detent springs and balls that locate the shift fork, and cannot be moved until the Gear lever actually has enough pressure applied to it to overcome the spring pressure of the detent springs.) you do no harm by resting your hand on the gear shifter.
 

TO AWSUM

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Ya, you know what they say about big hands and feet.
 

RPM217

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Yeeeeeeeeeeew PINHEAD!!! How the frog hair can one D-R-I-V-E a car that's in a trailer???

You be one sick puppy! But, sick as yew is, I loves ya anyway, sir! :thumbsup
One can imagine you sitting behind the wheel in your trailered car, while your wifey is driving the tow vehicle. You are smiling as you feel the car moving as if you were really driving it. What a thrill compared to just sitting in the car while it is in the garage. :lol
You're even sicker than '217! Holy dadgum krymuny! Whodah thunk it possible!
BlackIce, great minds think alike. EP, if the shoe fits.....................................
 

DakotaGT

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Ya, you know what they say about big hands and feet.
Lol
 

Empty Pockets

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Ya, you know what they say about big hands and feet.
The weight of the former is hard on transmissions and the latter 'on clutches???