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I'd like to replace my shifter handle on my X but I'm coming up with nuthin. I'm looking for something with 2 or three buttons to control VDC, OD, rockets, etc. I actually have a control stick grip from a helo (or something) that I got at a surplus store but without some major work and machining it's pretty much useless. Are there any replacement that you guys know of? Have any of you done this?
 

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I would imagine it would be hard to come up with an way to wire in the O/D switch since it plugs in in a pretty unique way.
 

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Well, here's a Youtube how-to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8GLOM-T-bE
(Language, so don't watch this at work without headphones)

Here's a how-to for a Ford Fusion which has a side button like ours:
http://www.fordfusionclub.com/showthread.php?t=323540

Pretty straightforward, the shifter itself just plugs and plays. As to the overdrive, you'll just have to run the wires to the new button.

Don't see many attractive aftermarket options, they're either gun-based (found one that looks like a revolver cylinder) or look like sex toys. I'd love a helo control stick/gaming joystick with plenty of buttons.

I might compromise on this if it weren't $50 and I painted it all matte black:
http://www.carbeyondstore.com/OBX-Super-Gun-Automatic-Shift-Knob-Silver-OBX-200-9999-SK18CS.html
 

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Watching this ... I replaced my MT knob with a rock, it's easily one of the most (if not *the* most) commented on things I've done. I'll be curious to see what folks come up with for the AT ... I haven't had one of those apart, but assuming the button/interlock linkage isn't all that complicated, it should be relatively easy to replace.

I'm really liking the flight-stick/computer joystick ideas ... if there's someone local who wants to take this on, and needs a hand figuring it out, I've got an old computer joystick I'd be willing to donate ... my time to help out would probably be limited, but I'm sure we can work something out; and as I said, it sounds like a fun little project.
 

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For a gaming joystick (which is relatively cheap compared to a critical part of a helicopter), the only things to figure out are how to trigger the gear lock (could be as easy as using the entire joystick as the button for that) and getting the thing to fit the shift shaft (just really wanted to say that). Overdrive can easily be wired to any of the existing buttons.
 

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I could make it fit mechanically and the wiring would be a piece of cake but I'm trying to figure out how to make the trigger act like the release button. On another note, my wife told me not to make "that thing" my shifter. I didn't hear her, did you?:iconbiggrin:
 

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Plastic, I might have to do some exploratory surgery on the factory trigger mech, that's a good idea!
 

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Or rather, get a cheap one with similar side-button design, so that you're not out a shifter :p

Somewhere, out there , must exist a shifter that has a pistol-style trigger, and breaking one of those down could be the answer. I'm looking for one now.


EDIT: Found one! http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/25167533347/ES48043/

Though thinking about it, you could just take any side-button style and rotate the assembly 90 degrees...
 

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I like where your heads at Plastic but holy freaking god!! $75.00?? Looks like I'm hitting the bone yard this weekend. Also looks like I'm going to be doing some intricate fab-work.;)
 
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