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Hurst pistol grip shifter question

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This has probably been discussed before but I'm looking for some new insight. I have the Hurst 3916020 billet plus short shifter installed and am using the white Hurst shifting knob that comes in the kit. I'm looking to switch the knob out to a classic pistol grip style. The only one I see available for this shifter is the Hurst 5388651... it's a more modern version with a black delrin handle. Does anyone know if there's a more classic version with a wood/looking handle that will work with my 3916020? If so do you know the part number? I've looked around on the Hurst website and it's not clear to me.


Also, has anyone else made this change and if so what were your thoughts... happy with the change or not so? I like the look just wonder if it's as comfortable shifting?


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Yes... here's a link https://hurstshiftersonline.com/prod...?idcategory=43, I have never used this vendor so I cant give a first hand look on there product/service.... but the pistol grip handle will bolt up to yours.... hold on to your a$$ they are very proud of there shifters, I believe the handles are $200+ you can shop around on ebay, and I believe steve white motors will not be undersold...(it is where I got mine)...
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Thanks willie9520!

That's exactly what I was looking for.

What are your thoughts on the feel.. is it way better?

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Yes... here's a link https://hurstshiftersonline.com/prod...?idcategory=43, I have never used this vendor so I cant give a first hand look on there product/service.... but the pistol grip handle will bolt up to yours.... hold on to your a$$ they are very proud of there shifters, I believe the handles are $200+ you can shop around on ebay, and I believe steve white motors will not be undersold...(it is where I got mine)...
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What are your thoughts on the feel.. is it way better?
I have the Hurst pistol grip handle on the Hurst short-throw linkage. The feel is mostly determined by the linkage, but there is much better control with the pistol grip handle. Many drag racers in my area use them for that reason.
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How hard is this to switch out? I have the hurst shifter with the white ball and would love to have one of these. Does the counsel just pop off and then unbolt the shifter? Thanks!


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How hard is this to switch out? I have the hurst shifter with the white ball and would love to have one of these. Does the counsel just pop off and then unbolt the shifter? Thanks!
These shifter handles change with two bolts--so it is very easy. The only part of the console you need to remove is the trim ring around the leather boot.

Put your fingers underneath the trim ring and pull up sharply. Be more cautious at first until you gauge how much force is needed to pop it up.

Then remove the two bolts that hold the ball handle, swap the boot to the new handle, and replace with whatever handle you want. Use blue Locktite on the bolts (you can guess how I learned that).

Some people find the pistol grip handle too tall; they drill a new hole above the two existing holes on the handle and use the top two to mount. This drops the handle about 3/4".

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I got mine about a year ago. I had one on my 72. I took the cheap plastic handles off and got some solid Black Walnut and with my Dremel tool recreated the handles only with my hand shape carver into them. I know "Ruddog" also did this.
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I, too, have the Hurst short throw shifter and, after a year, replaced the white ball straight shaft shifter handle with te the classic pistol grip. I'm going to switch back, maybe today if I have the time. While I like the retro look, the shifter handle is just a touch too tall when compared to the white ball. Also, the pistol grip handle is a longer lever and it does make shifts "feel" longer than with the white ball. Plus, I really do like the old school white ball look.

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That's a nice look capt50ft.. I like the real wood. Appearance wise, the fake plastic wood is the one thing that kinda bothers me.

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It's more about the feel in your hand then looks. I also have a wooden pistol grip (after I saw Capt50ft's) and it just feels so much better in real wood.

Someone could make a killing off real wood grips. The only place that use to sell them doesn't anymore (gunslinger) because their hand carver passed away.


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