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Gated Shifter In the works

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Been working on this for about a year on and off, Its been a labor of love based on one of my seemingly Unobtainable dream cars the Legendary Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Gated V12, Since I don't have a Spare $1M sitting around I took some inspiration and decided to make a gated Manual of my own and I can finally say I have a CLOSE enough prototype to test placement and there's still a lot more to be done, but eventually it will be finished. Sorry in advanced my cars a mess, its been siting for about a year, and its disassembled currently as I swapped my dash when I had to do my Heater core and never fully put it back and I was about to install my Midship Console before Firestone left my control arm bolts loose during an alignment causing my axle to pull out and slam back in destroying my c66 trans case, shearing off the rear mount and I really just lost interest and any motivation for the car as a whole for a while. But the part works the above issue makes it a bit hard to shift into some gears and this is only compounded by a broken shift cable so its cumbersome to try to shift between the gears but the gates do fit (they still need to be adjusted to fit a bit tighter, and a bit shorter in length) and the console adapter needs ALOT of refinement. But hopefully I can get this finished and have a few for sale. I know already there's going to be comments about
1. Why not put the gated shifter plate at the opening instead of raising it up?
Well that's because our cars shifters have a pivot point almost DIRECTLY at the opening for the shift boot, and as leavers work the closer to the pivot point the smaller the movements. Long story short, there's not enough movement to have a defined gate, and even if there was the Fingers would be so absolutely small they would be brittle and it wouldn't look like a gated shifter either. So raised it is! This means when theyre finished they will have a 2-3" shift extension added to clear the gated shifter plate.
2. What material is it going to be made out of?
Likely ABS or CF Nylon. But im still a WAYS off from making that decision. I could probably have them CNC'd but cost would get a bit wild. As it is if I do produce them they will be very low volume batches.

This its a decently large undertaking due to all the small variations in everyone's spec's Short throw/Oem 6/5 speed cars ECT. so I may not be able to guarantee PERFECT or 100% compatibility with all shifters as I only have 1 Car on hand and its a 6 speed with a generic short shifter, and a TRD short shifter at my disposal. I can guestimate for a 5 speed but that only goes so far. I have a c65 Im swapping in soon and brand new shift cables so once I get it back up and running Ill keep working on this in my free time.

Love to hear what you all think about the project.

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I think spending time working on your car like this is cooler than having enough money to buy a Murcielago. Really cool project! BTW, is there any potential practical or performance benefits to this besides appearance?
Technically, Lamborghini only kept gated shifters out of tradition. The newer models never needed them. And by newer I think anything in the late 80s and on. It was never a performance tool, more of a necessity due to how their old shifters worked and had imprecise travel.
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