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nope... called a reverse lockout for a reason...

havent thoroughly looked at the factory manuals but i think it is a mechanical device, rather than an electrical one...
 

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lemme expand on what i said.

the lockout could be a result of a solenoid that opens or closes due to the ring being pulled up. then this could be an electrical device, which would be bypassed by wiring in a switch.

if this is a mechanical device, i.e., when you pull up the ring, this opens up the reverse lockout gate, then it would rather hard to do so...

have i confused you yet?
 

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please post when there is a replacement wing

Ask people who has used it. Does it feel mechanical or is it electrical?

If it's electrical.....no problem. We'll throw a switch in the ashtray or something
 

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Does this sound right?

The shifter rod is thinner and covered by the spring loaded reverse lockout sleeve. With the sleeve the rod is too thick to go into the reverse gate opening, pull up the sleeve, voila, it now fits into the reverse gate.
 

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i fiddled around it alot, while waiting for the red light to turn green. like pulling it up slowly while moving it to the right slightly.

it REALLY feels mechanical. but the geek into me says there's a mini solenoid in there... ;)
 

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Well....not a whole lot we can do about that then.

I guess we'll just have to get used to the Subaru-style shift knobs now......all short little ball or cylinder types. I think I can handle that.
 

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I am pretty sure it is a cable, I had the console out running xm radio wires and there appears to be a cable running through the floor.

Craig
 

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from the service manual CS-4

When shifting gear into reverse, the driver pulls the slider up (toward the knob). This causes the reverse check cable to move the reverse lever on the six-speed transmission to the lock release position. Since the reverse check system in the transmission then becomes in the state ready for a shift into reverse, the driver can move the gear shift lever to the reverse position. Should the reverse check cable be severed, the spring in the holder pushes up the slider and keeps it in the raised position, alerting the driver to the abnormality. Since the reverse check system does not function under this condition, a voluntary or involuntary shift to the reverse position can takeplace without any restriction.
 

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Well if all of this is in aid of getting a new knob (heh) then japanparts.com has the ti sti ball as well as a momo shifter that all work specifically with the 6MT.

Anyone actually try unscrewing the OE shifter to see if the reverse mechanism stays on the rod?
 

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photo of flying dutchman at the dealer

for me, any replacement knob has got to have the 6mt pattern engraved on the top.
 

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Really? Why? You already know it's a six speed, right? And if you let someone else drive, they should know how to drive a 6 with RDR?

Since it's a cable, it would be POSSIBLE to remove the shifter slider and use a cylinoid. However...that's a little too much work for a damn shift knob IMO. But I'm sure someone will do it, just to do it.
 

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WRX air box same as STi?

yeah i want to go to an aftermarket shifter and like what 4MLA1FN said that it has to have the shift pattern on it.
 

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CloNeGTS said:
Really? Why? You already know it's a six speed, right?
but if i was getting a different speedo gauge, i'd want it to say "mph". eh, i just think it looks cool. and it's a bit of a novelty right now since few cars are 6mt.

CloNeGTS said:
And if you let someone else drive
over my dead body! :)

CloNeGTS said:
...they should know how to drive a 6 with RDR
"a picture is worth a thousand words."
 

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Huh....well, obviously to each his own. I want the best feeling, best looking knob, regardless of whether is has a picture of something that I already understand.....
 

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I went to the japanparts website and the titanium shift knob looked real nice. Grey to match the interior of the car. What's another $107..before shipping and handling. Oh and since the picture did show the reverse ring below the knob, I would assume that the original knob just unscrews. But I would be willing to ask for other voluteers to go first to try it. SFRinNJ :lol:
 
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