Will the shift interlock cable need to be purchased separately also? I spent the day at the Boneyard yesterday pulling parts and I did not get the interlock cable only the selector cable. Am I in for a frustration without the interlock cable? Thanks in advance guys I'm excited to get this project done
Column Shifter Conversion--Relax! Its pretty easy!
I'd like to thank those who took their time to help others with some information regarding the shifter conversion. It was a pretty frustrating situation for me, and I felt that the instructions could have been a bit more detailed. Below, please find my step by step instructions for an easy conversion.
***VERY IMPORTANT*** The floor shifter assembly for 2008 and up has a different connector than the 2005-2007 models. It is not a 6 pin as mentioned below. If you have a 2008 or higher, you will just need a different connector, but nothing else changes. Just wanted to give you a heads up, because I don't have the diagram for it. It should still be cake for your electrician.
1-Purchase a used floor console (About $100) at a salvage yard (specific to your dodge charger by year), and remember that it needs the cup holder, chrome trim, and plastic storage above that which has the dc12 volt plugin to charge your phone. Don't forget the original floor console comes with A/C for the rear passengers, so you need to also get the black plastic air duct that goes with it. There will be a sponge blocking the main duct, so you need to take that out before inserting the tube. You connect one end to the console, and the other to the main duct. Its intuitive
2-Purchase a used or new "gear shifter assembly" (About $90 used), also specific to your dodge charger by year...The connectors and pins are different.
3-Purchase a used or new "gear selector cable" (About $48 new). The one from the column shifter will not reach. The correct cable is shorter, and goes from the transmission under the car through the firewall directly to the floor shifter. The car needs to be elevated, but it a pretty easy task for any mechanic. Once that's done, the floor shifter obviously should be installed, and the cable connected to it.
4-Purchase a used speedometer cover (About $25) to replace the one that has a hole for the column shifter. Take off the plastic speedometer cover and unscrew the column shifter, and disconnect the thin cable it has attached to the loom. That cable is for the auto shift, which sucks on the column shifter. Attach the purchased speedometer cover.
5-Get the diagram pictures below, and take them to a mechanic with electric experience. Explain to them that you need to match the 4 cables necessary from the 12 pin connector to the appropriate connector for your shifter assembly (6 or 10 pin). This requires removing the cables from the 12 pin connector, and attaching them to the connector which goes connected to your new floor shifter. This is very important, as it is responsible for the (autostick, gear placement and parking lock). You cannot drive your car without this! Connect the new connector to the floor shifter, and make sure everything works. Drive the car, and test the AUTOSTICK.
6-Place the floor console with the airduct tube in its place, along with the other attachments, and screw everything as appropriate.
The car will be obviously be inoperable without the gear selector cable, shifter and wiring. So, make sure you have everything in hand when you are ready for the conversion. I would suggest taking the car to a shop where you can do both the wiring and gear selector cable installation at once. To save yourself some more money, do the installation of the floor console yourself, and just let the mechanic do the difficult stuff.
For me, it was very important to do this. I wanted my car to look original, and definitely wanted to use the AUTOSTICK. In the end, it looks much, much better. The Police Charger comes with a few nice extras, such as the bigger brakes and steering amongst other things; and its a shame to settle for having that nasty police center console. The column shifter is not an original part, so it does not work great.
You will be very happy you did this. If you get everything you need, its a pretty quick and easy installation. Good luck guys!