I'm sure if you ask either
AME or Front Range who has the winner, each would say "Mine
Wins!!!" So how would you choose which one? These twin sticks
are the best of the best, Chevy verses Ford!!
I have duals, and I took out the Front Range
stick to check out the AME, and left it in. Once installed they
both worked flawlessly. No reason to switch it out. But if I had
to pick knowing what I know now, Front Range is my choice for
Because of the ease of installing the Front
Range with Dual Cases. With a single case setup, accessibility
to the shifter mount on the T-case is no problem, so either Twinstick
is easy to install.
But, with Dual cases, it is now necessary
to cut a hole in the floorboard for the shift levers. The Front
Range Stick needs a smaller hole in the Floorboards than AME's
due to the modular construction, and is a benefit in that situation.
A 4 inch hole is all that is required to mount the Front Range
shift lever assembly to the plate on top of the T-case shift mount.
Because the Front Range twin Stick uses Allen Head cap screws
for securing the Lever assembly to the supplied plate, it was
very easy to install from inside the cab of the truck.
AME's Twinstick requires a much larger opening.
I enlarged mine to about 5 inches wide by 6 inches long or thereabouts.
I made it just big enough to fit the AME Twin stick in by angling
it through the holes. Because I was unwilling to make the hole
larger, I had to access the 4 bolts that secure it to the T-case
shift mount from underneath. It was a pain.
If you have a single T-case now, and are considering
upgrading to duals in the future, you should seriously consider
the Front Range stick over the AME Stick. If Single is where your
gonna stay, then pick the Stick you like the styling of best.
One last reason I feel the Front Range Twinstick
is the overall best bet. With it's modular design, they can send
out different bases. So someone with an 84 carb truck (forward
shift) that goes to dual cases, and needs a top shift, simply
calls up, and they can get a different bottom plate, rather than
a whole new shifter. Same person rolls their truck, and decides
to part it, and go Tacoma. Again, just another base plate.
A few tips for those of you considering a
twin stick from either of these fine vendors.
1) Use the correct gaskets or RTV sealers.
2) Do not over tighten the bolts that hold
these parts together. The Toyota Transfer case is aluminum, and
if you over tighten the bolts, you will strip the threads in the