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    jockey shiftin'

    I have decided to go with a ratchet top hand shift on my project. I have two drums, one with the -52# and the other is the a late FX and they are opposite of each other. I liked how my knuckle shifted 1st forward where my pan was 1st back.I am going to set it up with 1st forward. I have never gone jockey, always at the tank. Any thoughts?

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    Re: jockey shiftin'

    i would stick with tradition with 1st back, all mine have always been 1st back with the exception of a bike with a Baker trans that for some reason I chose 1 st forward...so invariably I won't be paying attention as I maneuver through traffic , accelerate and go to upshift , forget and get thrown forward while the engine goes to 2500 rpm.

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    Re: jockey shiftin'

    Maybe it is just what I am used to but I find it easier with a Jockey shifter to smak the shifter back than to pull it forward when speed shifting...but of course, I don't do that anymore!

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    Re: jockey shiftin'

    On my chop with a hand shifter, I go 1st forward, then pull back for 2, 3 and 4. It just seems more natural for some reason. Like the old B&M shifters in the cars where you just grab the handle and pull it towards you. I've been running it that way for 20 years and couldn't imagine any other way.

    DD

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