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Do I want the heavier or lighter shift knob for my 6 sp?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by xxaarraa, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Jan 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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    xxaarraa

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    I am getting an aftermarket knob to replace the factory one and wondering if getting a heavier knob will help reduce shift effort? Or do I need the lighter knob? Also, I have the URD short shifter kit which increased the throw effort compared to stock.

    I have forgotten all my high school physics, so can someone please weigh in? :D

    300 grams:
    http://www.amazon.com/RAZO-RA65A-Shift-Carbon-Chrome/dp/B000CPJK9A/ref=pd_sbs_auto_17

    150 grams:
    http://www.amazon.com/RA119A-Formula-Silver-Manual-Shift/dp/B0015S9FFC/ref=pd_sbs_auto_9
     
  2. Jan 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    heavier knob will help it slide in to the gear with less effort on your end.
     
  3. Jan 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    I have a shift knob I made from a cue ball. It's seems slightly heavier than stock and shifts easier than the stock knob.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM
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    Heavier will help with easier cleaner shifts. I've got a 460 gram knob on my truck...
     
  5. Jan 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM
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    The correct physics answer is lighter would be less effort.
    But, in the weight range we're talking about there would be no notable difference.
     
  6. Jan 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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    A body at rest tends to stay at rest, takes more energy to move it if it's heavy unless you intend to hammer it into the next gear go with a light one. It's just a lever if it's shorter it will take more effort. I must say it took awhile to get used to the 6 speed but I can shift it now as clean as any automatic.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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    It takes a bit more energy to get it moving- but that is offset by the assistance the heavier knob gives you advantage while moving the gears.
     
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