I'm interested in buying a new Wrangler manual and noticed that the shifter is so close to the console/dash that every time I shift to 1st, 3rd or 5th, my knuckles get bashed! Does anyone else experience this problem? I'm really having a hard time with this and might be a deal breaker to getting a new jeep.
Unless your hands are freakishly massive... There is something that is causing the shifter to be in the wrong position. Have they done a tummy tuck to the Jeep? have they installed an aftermarket shift knob? Bottom line... My tranny is pushed up 1.5 inches from where it was stock because of my tummy tuck, and I still have a solid 3/4" before my hand would contact the center stack.
I've had several manual trans Jeeps and the 2012 Rubicon is the latest. I've never noticed a clearance problem in shifting in any of them. I've had to notch the trans tunnel to accommodate body lifts, but the shift lever simply becomes lower with a body lift - it doesnot move forward any more than it used to do.
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I'm not a big guy or big hands and have never had this problem or even noticed how close the shifter/knob was to the dash, but I did look today after seeing this thread.
I have at least a 2-3" gap. Like said above, I do also change my hand/grip orientation depending on whether I am shifting to 1,3,5 or 2,4,R. But I have done this for the past 40+ years of driving floor shift.
Maybe there has been some kind of lift etc done to your Jeep to change the position. A possible solution would be to remove the shifter, heat, and put a little more bend in it.