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    Yeah, my shifter just dropped out, and is resting on the heat shield. I've read the threads. I came across the self tapping screws solution. Had trouble with getting the screws to go through the bottom, so I put a few through the sides. It worked for a few days, but they ended up snapping.

    I guess the trouble is that the shifter cup is suspended in the middle, with all that space around it. I could do it again in different spots, but the screws will probably snap again. What is the best method? I also came across the superglue solution, but the rubber tab that came loose was completely gone. Probably fell down on the heat shield then bounced it's way on the road somewhere.

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    I used RTV in a caulk tube and caulked around the ring. Let it cure for about 12hrs and it was good to go for over a year.
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    you could use the same method as underclassman , but use polyurethane

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    I once used a fuel line cut in half length wise to squeeze into two of the sides. This held it in place while I filled the rest of the opening with window weld or something like that (I forgot exactly what I used, just used what I had laying around)

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    My neighbor wants to put a small u-bolt underneath the bar, with maybe some rubber to keep it from making noise. I'd prefer to not drill more holes in the floor. What's the consensus, u-bolt underneath, or some kind of weld up on top?

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    Liquid Nails would work fine. It just needs time to cure. You could use 5min epoxy as a quick fix, too.
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    I used to have this problem on my circle track cars, and this is what I used to fix it: anti drop bracket.jpganti drop.jpg

    Someone on clubprotege told me to try that. I can't remember who. But it works, and I never have to worry about it happening again. And I put my cars through hell when I race them. So if it works for me, it will work for anybody.

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    That looks like a good solution, racer boy. Same principle as a u-bolt around the bar. Only thing is with yours, I'll have to remove the shifter. I'm not up for removing anything at all. The exhaust has to be removed. Right?

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    Yeah, the shifter has to come out. I had my exhaust off anyways the cars I did it on so I don't know if the exhaust has to come off.

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    Tie it up with wire looped around and accross if need be. When I get back to my PC ill see if I can find the pic I took of my shifter fix
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgordon1100 View Post
    That looks like a good solution, racer boy. Same principle as a u-bolt around the bar. Only thing is with yours, I'll have to remove the shifter. I'm not up for removing anything at all. The exhaust has to be removed. Right?
    I never removed the exhaust, just the heat shield. I found a replacement at a jy and just fixed it that way. I think the entire plate and bar cost me like $15.
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    kinda gives ya a idea of what i did.. then just pulled the little rubber boot back over the best i could.

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    Hey blue, thanks for that. I was wondering when you were going to get back with a picture. Neighbor lady just went redneck with some bee traps outside our doors. Why not go redneck with the car? I kid, but it works. How well do you think it will hold up over time? I talked with the neighbor about JB Weld up on top, and he doesn't think it will work because both surfaces are smooth. If we can get a hold of Home Slice down the block, we're now leaning towards welding an L-bracket like Racer Boy. Neighbor thinks we can do it without removing the shifter.

    And, thanks to everyone for the input on this issue. It's always helpful to have as many solutions as you can get to finally settle on what works best.

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    My rig up works.. how long it last depends upon what gauge wire you select. Too thin month or two but house gauge lasted me about 14 months till I scrap'd the car. That little welded bracket looks to be a better idea and I think you could get away with pulling the heat shield away and tacking it up there. I work nights so it was gonna take me a bit till I got off work lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc1974 View Post
    I never removed the exhaust, just the heat shield. I found a replacement at a jy and just fixed it that way. I think the entire plate and bar cost me like $15.
    this. no need to remove the pipes.

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    kinda gives ya a idea of what i did.. then just pulled the little rubber boot back over the best i could.
    i did this to mine before buying a good replacement stab bar. lasted almost a year (would've lasted a lot more).
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    Making bigger pipe as the exhaust flowd and cools makes eddy currents ehich is what mskes rasp.

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