A reputable manufacturer out there would like to gauge interest in an aftermarket shifter that let's us use the Autostick in a north-south mode vs. and east-west or left-right mode. It would fit inside the existing OEM console template and look almost stock, save for a separate gate for the north-south shift action. What do you think guys?
Much of what I love about this forum is the free exchange of ideas. I find this exchange extremely interesting
, not to mention beneficial. Chris' (cbutler
) comment for one, as I know that he's a very squared-away guy, yet his perception is 180 out from mine in terms of the existing left - down, right - up pattern. So it forces me to re-think my own thinking and go to back to where my own comfort with "right is higher" comes from.
Part of it, I suppose is that most conventional floor shifters do move to the right as you move up through the gears. Additionally, a major influence on all I do in any "cockpit" these days results from three decades of actively flying, much of it in scenarious requiring reaction, not cogitation. In aviation one of our many "mental crutches" is the old saw that "left is less...". So for both of the above reasons there was no learning curve required for me to "know" that nudging the stick to the right will upshift and tugging the stick to the left will give the next lower gear (when revs allow it). Yet "knowing" it isn't enough (see below).
In aviation push is usually Go or On (throttles & switches) and pull is the reverse of that. However, in drag racing, the most critical shift, IMO, is the 1-2 shift, always a sharp yank to the rear with all gearboxes I've used. As a result I've twice plumbered the 1-2 shift in the heat of battle with my autostick, as I've yanked "back" to shift to second, with a resultant left movement sufficient to cause the computer to believe I was commanding a down shift. As a result my Hemi hit the rev limiter both times by my forcing the tranny to re-try first just as it was in the process of shifting to second on its own. This has been, in both instances, motivation sufficient to cause me to invent new words in expressing my displeasure at what just happened. ; )
So, Yes, ITZKEV
, I would be highly interested in examining this mod. Let me know if the mfr. is looking for a beta tester. And ask him which way he sees the 1-2 shift going. I can logically see it being set up in a "push to upshift" manner, but my viscera
tells me I'd want it the other way. What we we do in the heat of battle, without thinking, is what we should pay attention to. That would be to pull our way up, and push our way down, through the gears. Just my thoughts...