VIDEO: Lightning Rod GTO -A Pontiac GTO Gets A Kilduff Racing Shifter

Ahh, the wonders of YouTube, they never cease to amaze, not with just another vignette of a heavily worked late-model GTO, but of one with a very cool and unique shifter.

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This particular ’06 GTO is fitted with the C6 Corvette-sourced 6.0L LS2 motor and is modified from soup-to-nuts with an array of bolt-on goodies, including a cam, intake manifold, upgraded radiator, long-tube headers with full exhaust, a one-piece driveshaft, upgraded transmission with torque converter and a performance rear end differential, not to mention, wheels and body/paint mods.

Really setting it apart however is the newly installed Kilduff Machine racing shifter, that allows the pilot of this automatic-trans-equipped GTO to bang gears like a stick shift, all while keeping his right foot planted on the gas. Think of it as a kind of modern-hardcore take on the Hurst “His-N-Hers” Dual Gate Shifter that debuted as an option on 1967 GTOs, where the driver, he or she, could choose full automatic mode with the stick in the left-side gate, or progress through the gears manually, via the right side gate.

The featured Lightening Rod and console unit provides crisp and precise 1st-to-2nd, 2nd-to-3rd and 3rd-to-4th (overdrive/converter lock) shifts, from three dedicated shift bars, with a separate park/reverse/neutral/drive lever for non-aggressive, full-automatic mode cruising without shifts. The race-inspired design prevents slippage into neutral or reverse, which would be bad, to say the least, and even with the four large Lightening Rod shift bars protruding-fourth, the console looks factory and fits the Goat’s comfy and sporty cabin nicely.

KilduffMachine.com makes racing-style floor shifters for most vintage and late-model automatic-equipped American performance cars with a myriad of customizable features and applications including fully automatic ratchet-style race shifters, manual valve body shifters and paddle-shift eliminators for 2010-‘15 Camaros to name but a few.

Prices range from around $400-$700 and all are made in California-U.S.A. utilizing B&M cables and brackets. A professional installation is required and highly recommended.

With the ’04-06 GTO already a jewel for the aftermarket performance industry, Kilduff Machine has added yet another weapon to the neo-Goats arsenal, designed for those who want to “row-row-row their automatic Goat swiftly down the street.”

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Since obtaining his driver’s license way back in 1987, Andrew’s automotive interests have revolved around late-model, GM EFI iron. Predominantly a Pontiac guy, he had grown-up driving and experiencing many EFI cars from the ’80s to the present. Since 2008, he’s been a freelance writer/photographer for multiple niche auto enthusiast magazines and websites. Andrew claims to have a short yet definitve list of passions, in which late-model performance cars, hold a top spot.

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  1. Gofa Kurself 2 June, 2017 at 11:25 Reply

    So. It’s a fake lenco, but it just moves the actual shifter?? Got to be the clunkiest bullshit I’ve ever seen! I’d be so embarrassed if someone saw me trying to use that monstrosity. So many levers! on an automatic!!!! How much did “kilduf” pay you to post this drivel?! I mean, it’s not a terrible idea, for the most part. But it just looks SO SHITTY at what it does (moving the actual shift lever). I’d take LITERALLY ANY OTHER TYPE OR BRAND OF SHIFTER OVER THIS GARBAGE.

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    Rick Seitz 5 June, 2017 at 11:29 Reply

    This is a similar setup to what the ’83-84 Hurst/Olds used. You may not be familiar, but it provides the user of an automatic transmission with the ability to manual shift their slush box. We didn’t mean to trigger anyone with this post, but it looks like we clearly have.

  3. Andrew Nussbaum 23 June, 2017 at 20:17 Reply

    Hey Gofa Kurself, very clever, what it that German? maybe you should take the meaning of your chosen name and follow it, literally.

  4. Ninbri64 23 October, 2017 at 17:13 Reply

    This looks very clunky and gimmicky. there’s still quite a lag between upshifts, so i’m not sure I understand the point of this.

  5. Rick 19 November, 2017 at 21:45 Reply

    The lag you see is not due to the shifter, but the valve body.
    Get a proper manual valve body in there and you’ll get lightning fast upshifts and downshifts regardless of shifter.
    They may look gimmicky, but after manhandling a few of Brian’s shifters, I can personally say they’re absolutely top notch.

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