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#1 swast4

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 09:00 PM

Hi,
Thought I'd share a learning with you regarding my gear linkage cables. A couple of track days ago, I came in off a session and it felt like the car was still in gear even though it was in neutral. The next time I took car out and put it in the trailer, it kept popping out of 1st.
I managed to do my next track day but something wasn't right.

I was hoping it wasn't my box, so I bought some new fully synthetic oil and hoped for the best. Then when doing the oil change today I did a bit more googling and found that the gear linkage cables could be issue, so I popped off the cables on the gearbox end and found the forward back motion was still stiff. Bingo, I am really pleased it's not my box but it has cost me £225 on a new cable and probably a pain to fit.

The learning here is that the cable must have been right next to the downpipe of the exhaust and this could have been avoided if I moved it away from this pipe. The exaust has been off a few times and New brace bar fitted, so I must have nudged it towards the exhaust pipe.

So next time you're under the car, please make sure it is away from this pipe and maybe strap it away. I hope this helps.

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#2 OneYet

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 02:53 PM

True! 

I also bought some pipe-type heatshielding to put on the cables and being paranoid about having to swap the cables again I also manufactured a small aluminium heatshield that bolts to the engine mount. 



#3 swast4

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:11 PM

Good idea, is it a ball ache to change the cables ? Elise-shop ones

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:26 PM

My car has a hook for the gear cables that stops them getting close to the exhaust.  It's fitted on the heat shield bolt



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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:29 PM

If anyone needs cables I have a good used set.



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Posted 22 January 2020 - 04:41 PM

Can i have them foxy?
If they are na.

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 06:02 PM

Can i have them foxy?
If they are na.

 

Sure, but Partridge told me they weren't model specific. They're from a VXR. I'll send pics if you like

 

Edit - Partridge was wrong. VXT/R ones are longer!



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Posted 22 January 2020 - 06:31 PM

No turbo for me foxy.
Way to fast for this old man.




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