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When I shift you can hear it! Its sort of like a thud or clunk, when the engine is worm and cold. It shifts very tight. Is this normal? It dosn't grind in any gears. It just that you can hear it, CLUNK when I shift. Anyone elses car shift like this?

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Mine seems to kinda grind sometimes going into 2nd. All other gears seem fine.

I say grind but not like grinding a bunch of gear teeth more like just hitting one tooth or something. Kinda hard to describe.
 

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ryansrt said:
When I shift you can hear it! Its sort of like a thud or clunk, when the engine is worm and cold. It shifts very tight. Is this normal? It dosn't grind in any gears. It just that you can hear it, CLUNK when I shift. Anyone elses car shift like this?

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CLUNK CLUNK 1ST TO 2ND. SOMETIMES 2ND TO THIRD....

Got rid of it with motor mounts.
 

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Clunks

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Scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it. Pushing the car real hard speed shifting I got the clucnk shifting from 1st to 2nd once and 2nd to 3rd once. To me it sounds like the engine mount bolt hitting on the mount from all the torque being applied abruptly. Looked at the mounts and they all are ok for now anyways. Does anyone that has changed mounts have any experience with this and know if the stiffer mounts solved it for sure?
 

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when i went in for a test drive the car i drove was real stiff and "clunky" as well. seems normal. car and driver mentioned this in their review. they marked it as a negative point along with "rear view obstructing wing". so in my opinion if the wing and a stiff shifter are the only issues it sounds like a keeper.

supposively it's their intentionally to show that the car doesn't have the "fit and finish" that other cars have. they said dodge's point was to show that they offered a car in this range with alot of power good handling and everything a driver would need.

in other words i've already heard about it and it hasn't changed my mind on whether or not to get one and i'm sorta picky.
 

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gdflys said:
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Scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it. Pushing the car real hard speed shifting I got the clucnk shifting from 1st to 2nd once and 2nd to 3rd once. To me it sounds like the engine mount bolt hitting on the mount from all the torque being applied abruptly. Looked at the mounts and they all are ok for now anyways. Does anyone that has changed mounts have any experience with this and know if the stiffer mounts solved it for sure?

look right above your post^^
 

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The whole tranny, while I'm sure its a stout piece, seems clucky all around. Just part of the package.
The transmission is by no means "clucky?" In my years (I mean alot too) of driving many different makes of cars with standard transmissions, the SRT has a very good one, it only needs some fine tuning (stiffer mounts, short throw shifter and better shifter bushings AND LSD of course).

Some might recall the end of 2000 or beginning of 2001 (some of u guys probably wasn't driving yet....lol) Car and Driver did a reveiw on pocket rockets. It was a close decision between the Sentra SE and Neon R/T. If I remember correctly the Sentra nudged ahead of the Neon (that review actually helped make my decision to buy the Sentra SE), because of the excellent transmisson, and the SRT's feels 10 times better all around.
 

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cali said:
gdflys said:
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Scared the crap out of me the first time I heard it. Pushing the car real hard speed shifting I got the clucnk shifting from 1st to 2nd once and 2nd to 3rd once. To me it sounds like the engine mount bolt hitting on the mount from all the torque being applied abruptly. Looked at the mounts and they all are ok for now anyways. Does anyone that has changed mounts have any experience with this and know if the stiffer mounts solved it for sure?

look right above your post^^
So I'm a retard :oops: :lol:
 

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Wow no one appreciates a true built tranny eh? Just wait till you put shifter bushings in.
 

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Yeah some kind of engine brace or motor mounts, short shifter, and some shifter bushings would make the shifter so much nicer. I should know lol, i done the same to my celica and it worked out great. Feels like a real sports car :)

p.s. yes i know what the srt-4 shifter feels like when shifting, my sister has one and i drove it a couple of time. I stand by what i said. 90% of the problem will get fixed but expect it to be EVEN notcher. But i like notchness personal, i like to know that i can feel it get in gear and lock there.
 

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just something to think about...I have read that our tranny comes out of a european diesel truck and is made to handle up to like 850 hp...A tranny that is meant to handle that amount of horse power is not going to be as smooth as we would like
 

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lots of little things you can do to make it work better, from shifter bushings, Mopar STS, better fluid etc.. . Recently I have found that a better shift knob design helps alot with making the gear changes more precise. I recently got rid of the ball shifter knob ( I had the stock one and the Modern polished metal ball). I swapped in a leather Momo upright pistol like knob. With our trannies you need to push and pull the shaft into the gears with some force and with fast moving shift actions. I find that fast shift action results in better shifts. Unlike some of the lighter-duty import trannies where you can guide it into the shift gates almost gingerly. The pistol like shift knob lets you pull and push the shift lever with more precise force and speed. The round shift ball style knobs give you less control. I've been really happy with the new shift knob, gear selection is much more precise, even with your arm still resting on the armrest. I've been able to get rid of maybe 95% of the rough shifting problems I used to have with this tranny through some small upgrades.
 

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My E36 M3 was hella notchy also
 

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Works crappy in everyday driving. That's not good. Shifts great when the pedal is to the metal. That's good. If it were a 30k car, I would moan a lot more about it. I can live with it.
 
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