Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the top questions we get about our shifters. If you need help, give us a call at 208-585-2814 or send us an email.

Kwik-Shift I and the Power Shift are constructed of all billet aluminum that is highly polished then red or black anodized. Then the side plate edges highlighted and laser engraved on both sides with the gear positions and logo . All the hardware is stainless steel and brightly polished. There is a quick disconnect feature for fast removal of the cable and electrical so that the shifter can easily be removed form the vehicle when required. In addition there is an internal trans-brake switch (except Proflite and Prohydro) that can be activated with the lever/ button combination while in low and reverse positions. This is particularly convenient when backing up a car that utilizes a trans brake that must be engaged while in reverse to back up.

Power Shift is designed as a compact CO2 activated shifter with air cylinder mounted directly underneath the shifter, however the K/S-II models can be retrofitted to hands off CO2 shifting with a end mounted cylinder. There is a complete line of accessories available for all models to meet most individual requirements.

Kwik Shift II has billet side plates finely line sanded, and then bright dipped and black anodized. The handle is made of a smooth line sanded aluminum die-casting. All shifters have a one handed operation reverse lockout protection that is activated without removing your hand from the handle. Typical to all the shifters is the narrow 3/4” width and light weight of only 1-1/2 lbs. Including a electric switch that permits engine starting in neutral and park only.

Most all modern automatic transmissions are shifted by cable from shifter to transmission. Based on this, typical components are the shifter, for hands off shifting CO2 supply and rpm switch electronics system, mounting brackets or direct chassis mounting, cable, and cable housing bracket and lever to connect the cable to the transmission.
The ability of a shifter to make controlled, accurate gear changes (no skipping gears) with long-term wear qualities. The convenience of one-handed operation for a driver with restraints.
Front or rear cable exit with quick cable disconnect or attachment (push or pull to up shift), some models with integral transbrake switch, manual or CO2 and electric actuator for hands-off operation, optional micro-switch assembly programmable to activate 2 separate micro-switches to trigger external devices in various gear positions, quick cable connect and disconnect to transmission without tools.
To provide ease of use and dependability, primarily for drag-racing, with many innovations since 1989.
With the one-hand operation the small and narrow construction allows for easy door car or direct chassis mounting in narrow cockpits.
With the many options available, informing the customer such as understanding the difference between reverse or standard valve body, advantages for push or pull for up shifting.
To safely shift to neutral at speed with a reverse valve body (P R N 1 2 3) is not practical, clean or safe neutral shifters (P N/R 1 2 3 N) allow the shifting to neutral to be safely accomplished. As the originators, we have over 20 years in design and development in this version of shifter.
The original manual shifting is still popular and required in some classes, but hands off shifting for accuracy and safety in fast vehicles is also very popular. Using CO2 powered shifting provides the power and dependability to overcome dynamic conditions such as G forces, cable binding, etc. Electric shifting (2-speed shifters only) is a simple option but as in our case we designed an actuator that delivers similar performance to a CO2 shifter, 120 lbs of force and momentary max 2 amps of current. Triggering of the shifter can be as simple as a button switch in the steering wheel or an electronic switch triggering off of RPM and/or time.
Once the installation is correctly completed, normal maintenance is minimal. The cable is typically the most vulnerable, and must be clear of hot items and avoiding sharp bends.
The primary check is for full travel from park to the opposite end of the shift pattern. Then verifying that all forward gear positions are in a relaxed condition is recommended.
The air shifter requires a Co2 supply tank, a regulator typically preset to 120 lbs. Per square inch, as well as a three way 12 volt solenoid valve to allow air or co2 to pass to the cylinder on the shifter when a gear change is required. There are two basic ways to command a gear change, option (1) a rpm switch that will send a pulse of electric current to the solenoid valve at a pre-set engine rpm. Option (2) a manual switch activated by the driver, typically mounted in the steering wheel.
The air shifter can be operated at anytime, just like a manual shifter.
The cable arm on the transmission must be of the correct model, as recommended in the instruction sheet. The length from the center of the shaft on the transmission to the attachment hole for the cable must match the ratio of movement of the shifter.
The electrical connections are very simple, red wire connects to a 12v source, the white wire (brown on K/S-II) connects to one side of your starter switch, the blue wire (KWIK-SHIFT I only) connects to your trans brake. With the KWIK-SHIFT I, with the internal trans brake switch, if you use the standard ignition switch key start, or a aftermarket switch panel; then you will have to use a relay in the circuit. (please check electrical instructions)
Normally we assemble KWIK-SHIFTERS as rear cable exit to minimize the number of blends in the cable. Only our Manual shifters can have the handle reversed, to convert them to front cable exit.
A standard or forward pattern shifter has a standard shift pattern of P R N 3 2 1, a reverse pattern shifter refers to a transmission valve body with a shift pattern of P R N 1 2 3, normally used in modified transmissions that have a trans brake. Forward or reverse pattern shifters do not mean that you specifically have to pull or push to shift. This is determined whether the shifter is front or rear cable exit.
These modified Chrysler and Turbohydro transmissions shift P N/R 1 2 3 N, reverse is neutral position with trans-brake engaged.
In most cases only the side plates are required for the change.