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Nope, can’t use a junkyard one. Every CVT is different enough that the computer will go into limp mode if you put in a different transmission without reprogramming it with the parameters specific to that exact transmission, so unless you are going to tow the car from the junkyard to the dealership to have the programming extracted to swap into your car after you swap the trans, any used one is just a paperweight. When you buy a new or rebuilt one, it comes with a CD that has the programming for that particular trans, which has to be loaded with a dealer scan tool.
Holy ****, I missed this.

I see why people are trying to get "Right to Repair" laws in place; this is one that you're fucked without the dealer.

Another reason never to buy a Nissan. :)
 

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I always abhorred the way they looked anyway. All the more reason for me to hate on them, lol.
 

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OK, my mind is completely blown.

Father Mulcahy from MASH was the same guy as Odo from Star Trek Deep Space 9.

Dude died today, at 79yo.
:(

I never realized it was the same actor.
 

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I always abhorred the way they looked anyway. All the more reason for me to hate on them, lol.
I liked Nissan the best out of the Japanese brands until the 2000s when the Z got ugly and all models followed. 90s Maximas were SHO killers in their day. Then they got beaten with a ugly stick and gained weight with every generation to follow, and got those dumb CVTs mandatory in everything but the Z, such a shame.
 

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OK, my mind is completely blown.

Father Mulcahy from MASH was the same guy as Odo from Star Trek Deep Space 9.

Dude died today, at 79yo.
:(

I never realized it was the same actor.
MASH the movie, William Christopher from the TV show died almost 3 years ago.

Joe
 

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Thanks, Joe; I feel better now. (If that's the right word...)

The Obit I read glossed over that; I was amazed that I didn't recognize him.
 

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My Next Mod!!! I dedicate this to all the noobies out there! It's the best mod since the air silencer delete! (y)

 

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That reminds me of the old trick of putting a foot or so of cut off innertube on the end of someone exhaust, and as soon as they gave it some gas, it would thrash around and slap the underside of the car, scaring the **** out of them.

I guess that went away with innertubes, lol.

We filled someones exhaust with a huge roll of firecrackers once, thinking they'd go off in sequence, and make a bunch of noise going down the road.

They all blew at once, blowing the muffler off, and causing us to pay for a new exhaust, lol.
Scared the crap out of dude, tho; if it hadn't been for the huge pile of burnt wrappers, we'd have gotten away with it, lol.
 

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So, barring any access to my parts collection right now for better pictures, is this the stock shifter for the Gen 2 TR-3650? If not, what does anyone know about it?

I found THIS SHIFTER , PN# M-7210-MGT. Is the shifter I'm linking a better shifter and would it work with the car? Or would I be better off looking at something else like an MGW shifter? Or should I just keep what I have?



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Stock shifter, non-stock knob.

I can’t really speak for the 05+ shifters but MGW is generally considered the best of the best, but I recall that Ian ran into clearance issues with it and the trans tunnel.
Yeah, he did mention that fitment issue to me.

Ian also stated that this shifter is a Ford "short throw", whatever that means. It doesn't look anything like the one I linked, but then again, I don't know any better at the moment 🤷 .

Anyway, are there other shifters out there that are better than stock but not top tier performance? I'm a "best bang for your buck" type person and would like to know if there's anything else out there that's better than the stock shifter, is decent quality, has better than stock performance, and goes for a reasonable price. The closer to the $200-ish range, the better. The Ford shifter I linked would be awesome, but $315+ is a bit more than I'd like to spend on a shifter.

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I have the MGW on my 97. It did require some clearancing of the trans tunnel,, but no cutting or anything, just some beating with a hammer. I absolutely love the way it feels, nice short throws, more effort than stock to shift but not too hard, and a very satisfying click into and out of each gear. It is basically impossible to miss a gear with the MGW. Another good option is the Steeda Tri-ax. Those have a good feel with positive stops, but are not quite as short a throw as the MGW, so it feels closer to factory with just more precision. That one you linked looks like a stock one that has been tweaked, definitely way lower quality than either the MGW or Steeda, and is more expensive than both of them, so I would pass on it.
 

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Thanks for the info guys!

Next question, I guess. Would I be looking at specifically "05 - 10 Mustang GT" shifters? The obvious answer to me is "yes", but me being me, I'm overthinking it and the "obvious answer" just doesn't "seem right" to me, lol.
 

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Yes, 05-10 GT only. They were the only TR3650 applications to use remote shifters, and do not interchange with the 11+ 6 speeds

looking closely, Mike appears to be correct, the Hurst/FRPP one appears to use the same exact stampings even, just with a fancy crackle finish. You’d be about as well off using the shifter you have with urethane bushings in place of the stock rubber ones, which seem to be all the difference other than the shorter throw.

I have the older turret type Tri-Ax on my 04 TR3650 and if the quality of the 05 design is similar you shouldn’t be disappointed, Steeda parts are made entirely from Billet of their own bespoke design. There’s a lot more trans noise transmitted through Steedas than MGWs in the 01-04 trans but that shouldn’t be an issue in the remote layout
 

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Well after a 3 week hiatus I finally got my butt in gear and started hanging drywall from bunk #3 last weekend. I've about got the whole thing up at this point - guessing I'll finish with it this weekend, after which I'll be able to count how many more sheets I need to finish (about 1 1/3 bunks). I also got in touch with someone who will tape and sand for 1/6 the estimate the first guy who looked at it gave me. :)

On the other hand, the stupid dishwasher has started acting up, so I guess I need to fix that first. :rolleyes:
 

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Yes. Fix that first or else it'll turn into a bigger issue!

Remember this picture? This happened because the 4x4 wood at the end where the panels are screwed into is rotted out. My plan was to replace the 4x4 wood with new after the bathroom was done. I should have done it regardless and now instead of a $100-ish repair, I have a $1,000 repair....



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I just watched The Irishman, spoiler alert the mob killed jimmy hoffa 😵

Maybe my expectations were too high, and I intend to I watch it again, but I didn’t think it was close to the best work Scorsese has done, nor was it a very good performance by DeNiro. Pesci was great though, Pacino played Tony Montana playing Hoffa, but I enjoyed watching him, and most of the supporting cast was solid, but the story meanders and some scenes just drag (I say this as someone who LOVES slow burn movies) and if you know even a fraction of the Jimmy Hoffa story you’re not getting any extra insight into it, it’s really about DeNiro’s character, Frank, and his perspective and inner struggle living with the guilt of his actions and emptiness of a lifetime of taking orders and blah blah blah, via narration of which we have no clue is spoken to. I didn’t really find the cinematography special, it reminded me more of a Mad Men episode than a Scorsese film.

Highlight for me was a 67-68 Cougar speeding away after “sending a message”:)
I watched it again, and I changed my mind. I was being way too generous, This. Movie. Sucks. It doesn’t suck for a Scorsese movie, it sucks like a sucky movie. Just boring uncompelling drivel.

I want my 7 hours back. **** Scorsese, that overrated one trick pony has been. :)
 

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Today (yesterday, technically) we celebrated my dad's birthday. It was pretty awesome. Lots of food, lots of drinks, lots to talk about with everyone. Plenty of music, plenty of dancing. I don't have an ear for music and I have two left feet at dancing, so I stayed out of that.

I kept myself maintaining the fire pit, and it was awesome. I love fires. Keeping the fire pit going as hot as I kept it was just epic.


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