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Here are few items that are must have items for any Talon Owner and they are all under $100.00

1. Shift plate from catechusa.com https://catechusa.com/collections/honda-talon/products/honda-talon-gear-selector-shift-gate
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The shift plate is truly a marvelous upgrade. You no longer have to look down at the shiftier to move from forward to reverse or low to high range. You do have to bring car to stop and idle to change but that is same with stock. Makes moving in tight spaces a snap.

2. Hillbilly Brake
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The Hillbilly Brake or something like it should have been installed on every Talon. There is even an attachment point for it on both the R and X. Helps keep the car in place, helps when using a winch, has a place to secure brake with a lock. All a plus.

3. A service manual (Dealer or on line)
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I recommend the book -- handy reference in the garage.

4. Push Pin removal tool (any tool store)
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Pick up a couple of spare push pins at the same time form any parts store. Just bring one along to compare.

I do not work for any of the companies nor am I compensated in any shape, form or fashion.
 

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And what did we pay for our Talons?
Yeh, I have about 34k into mine now, and dont even think about cost anymore when it comes to accessories that are needed or wanted. LOL. I do not have a use for the shifter plate tho, I never look at my shifter when changing gears....no need once you get used to it. Im in the mud a lot tho, so back and forth is the norm for me.
 

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So with the shift gate piece it looks like the shifter would be susceptible to getting accidentally bumped from forward into reverse, possibly at speed. Thoughts?
 

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I have what might sound like a stupid question....
Why would anybody want to add a shifter gate to a system that is already gated? I drive the shit out of my honda x and go thru a lot of rough terrain that Im going back and forth thru and having to shift from forward to reverse and back.....I dont see a problem at all with the stock shifter. Its 10 times better than the 2018 popo turbo junk I had. JMO
 

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So with the shift gate piece it looks like the shifter would be susceptible to getting accidentally bumped from forward into reverse, possibly at speed. Thoughts?
I have been using it for quite some time and have never had that problem. It is very useful in tight areas.
 

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I have what might sound like a stupid question....
Why would anybody want to add a shifter gate to a system that is already gated? I drive the shit out of my honda x and go thru a lot of rough terrain that Im going back and forth thru and having to shift from forward to reverse and back.....I dont see a problem at all with the stock shifter. Its 10 times better than the 2018 popo turbo junk I had. JMO
The CA gate is very easy to move from F to R in low or high. I found I was looking down at the shifter. No worries if you prefer the stock one then use it.
 

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I have what might sound like a stupid question....
Why would anybody want to add a shifter gate to a system that is already gated? I drive the shit out of my honda x and go thru a lot of rough terrain that Im going back and forth thru and having to shift from forward to reverse and back.....I dont see a problem at all with the stock shifter. Its 10 times better than the 2018 popo turbo junk I had. JMO
Rock crawling in Moab and rolling back looking at a 1,200 vertical drop that is about 16" away from your rear tire, knowing you have a huge amount of the weight of your rig loaded on the transmission, possibly on one axel more than the other so having a seamless F to R you can feel versus look down at, is very critical without the pop or jump that can occur in that situation. lol
 

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Just installed Catech shift gate...it is so awesome. Going on a ride tomorrow can't wait to try it on the trails and show my buddies. Showed the wife when she got home, said she could drive it now?

Only issue I had was no instructions, and the customer video on YouTube started after removing the console (which is the part I didn't know how to do) called Catech, it was 7:30 pm in Tennessee, but Eric answered the phone and walked me through it. Only broke three of the dang fasteners so I did awesome ?
 

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I actually dropped the skid plate and then figured out just the console push pins needed to be removed:). I also damaged a couple of push pins but had spares (Perhaps we should add push pin spares to the list lol). Good to hear the feedback especially the wife "said she could dive it now" glad it makes using your Honda Talon a bit easier.
 

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good call on the hillbilly brake definitely a must need for me, save that horrible transmission sound while parked on a hill.
Rambo, thanks for the feedback! I use the hillbilly brake every time I load the Talon; hook up the front straps then use reverse and the brake to set a bit of tension on the straps and set the hillybilly brake. Makes it a little easier. It also helps when I use the winch set the hillbilly brake and use the remote to help pull without using reverse or park.
 

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Just installed Catech shift gate...it is so awesome. Going on a ride tomorrow can't wait to try it on the trails and show my buddies. Showed the wife when she got home, said she could drive it now?

Only issue I had was no instructions, and the customer video on YouTube started after removing the console (which is the part I didn't know how to do) called Catech, it was 7:30 pm in Tennessee, but Eric answered the phone and walked me through it. Only broke three of the dang fasteners so I did awesome ?
I’d like to install the shift gate, and may before long, but as stated earlier, I’m just a little concerned that if the shifter somehow got bumped or something fell against it etc while driving it could end up getting shoved into reverse while moving. Probably pretty unlikely, but would pretty much suck if it happened. ?
 

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I understand Ezgoin, I can only say that is something you will have to figure out. I will say just like with the OEM shift gate you must bring the car to a complete stop with your foot on the brake and at idle then, and only then is it safe to change from F to R or High to Low. In addition, just like with the OEM shift gate you must make sure the selector is firmly in place. I can only say that for me so far that has not occurred and I have no idea would happen and do not plan to find out! If anyone has had that problem please let us know what happens.
 

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I’d like to install the shift gate, and may before long, but as stated earlier, I’m just a little concerned that if the shifter somehow got bumped or something fell against it etc while driving it could end up getting shoved into reverse while moving. Probably pretty unlikely, but would pretty much suck if it happened. ?
Then don’t do it! I thought the same thing.
 

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I have the Catechism shift gate and love it!
just got thru a two day ride in Ajo Az and it never gave me a problem and worked perfect.
i would say the hardest part of installing it is pulling the shifter knob off (and that wasn’t so bad if you just take your time)
 

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I have the Catechism shift gate and love it!
just got thru a two day ride in Ajo Az and it never gave me a problem and worked perfect.
i would say the hardest part of installing it is pulling the shifter knob off (and that wasn’t so bad if you just take your time)
Just toook an 80 mile ride and had a couple of tight turn a rounds, wow was that a breeze...never looked down loved it.

On the gear shift knob...Holy s..t I thought I was pulling the sword from the stone getting that dang thing off. I started to think I have got old and weak. Then I started rocking it a litttle. I'll be honest I worked up a sweat and had to rest a couple of times. It was like passing a bowling ball???
 
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