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Okay, so ive been using a sloppy 86-87 shifter with my a520. Recently, i bought a a555 shifter to replace it. From what ive read, (Correct me if im wrong) the 520 and the 555 cables and shifter are identical. However, when I took my old shifter out and dropped in the new shifter the reverse cable seemed TOO long. (The skinny cable). So i switched them to different sides but it looks like that wont work either. Im stumped as to what to do. Does it matter what gear the transmission is locked in ? 1st, 2nd, neutral?

i attached some pictures of the new shifter, (in car) , old shifter , and my cables (reversed)


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i remember the old shifter got locked into 2nd gear to adjust the cable. Does this a555 shifter get locked into neutral?
 

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That one that is out of the car looks to be something completely different. AFAIK shifters and cable were all the same (for Daytonas) from 87-89.

O.K. - EDIT - the cable are all the same length, but they have different part numbers for each year. There is a changed called out for 4-17-89 for the part number for the shifter, and even though they have different numbers I "think" all the 87 - (early) 89 shifter are the same.
 

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i think* i pulled that shifter out of an 86 turbo z and it magically worked. But it just doesnt seem right with the 555 shifter. Are the 520 cables like the ones i have in the pictures?
 

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ok I think I might know where the prob is

the bracket the shifter mounts on is diff from the 86 to 87
this changes the point where the cable attaches to the bracket in front of the shifter
 

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the car did shift fine with the shifter sitting on my radiator support with the original cables that came with the 520 transmission, now my problem sits with the 555 shifter
 

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'86

4419 830 1 CABLE, Selector, 53.98" Lg.
4419 833 1 CABLE, Crossover, 50.35" Lg.

'87

4377 318 1 CABLE, G/Shift Control Selector, 53.00" Lg.
4348 495 1 CABLE, G/Shift Control Crossover, 47.48" Lg.

'89

4504 304 1 CABLE, G/Shift Control Selector, 51.00" Lg. J,G 53.00" Lg.
4443 497 1 CABLE, G/Shift Control Crossover, 44.68" Lg. J,G 47.48" Lg.

My guess is that in order to make the '86 shifter work '86 cables needed to be installed, so if you're going to put the '87/9 shifter in looks like you'll need '87/9 cables as well.
 

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Ah, i see. Im going to pull out my cable to measure it and see what dimensions i get. I was confused because i pulled the cables and transmission out of an 89 shelby with a 520 transmission. The original shifter if i remember correctly had bad bushings so i trashed it and replaced it with the one shown above on my radiator support. So when i bought the new shifter i figured it would work with the existing cables i "thought" were from an 89, unless i never had the correct cables because they had previously been molested.

Also, is the reverse cable referred to as the "control crossover"?
 

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okay so i ripped the cables out and sure enough, the measurements match the 86 dimensions. Therefore, I had an 86 shifter and cables in my 89 daytona the whole time.

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Now that I know I need new cables, (and to verify i dont buy the wrong thing and punch myself..).... I NEED shifter cables for an 89 Daytona (G-body) for an a520 OR a555?
 

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Same cable fits all transmissions (manual anyway). New ones are around $200 each FYI, so maybe some good used ones to start off with. Maybe sell your '86s to offset the cost.

Hmm, only number I can get to work online is 4504 301, $122.

O.K., this number from the '88 catalog works - 4431 341, $37, something tells me that price is wrong, better buy quick because if I can get them for that price I'm going to buy a half dozen.
 

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Same cable fits all transmissions (manual anyway). New ones are around $200 each FYI, so maybe some good used ones to start off with. Maybe sell your '86s to offset the cost.

Hmm, only number I can get to work online is 4504 301, $122.

O.K., this number from the '88 catalog works - 4431 341, $37, something tells me that price is wrong, better buy quick because if I can get them for that price I'm going to buy a half dozen.
Where are these listed?
 
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