Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Ferrari Life Posts: 366
2nd Gear....and the Answer Is
Here's the update on 2nd gear. First a little background. My 328GTS has 34K miles on it, and was pretty stiff going into 2nd in the morning, for about the first 6 shifts. Then it got notchy for several more, then smoothed out after that. I tried Red Line fluid, which made no difference. When I had the engine out, I replaced the 2nd gear blocker ring. The old one, turns out, was still within spec, but obviously not good as a new one. The gear itself was perfect. The blocker ring, which is a ZF part, cost $257 from GT Car Parts in Phoenix, and the special ring nut tool was another $125, so with tax, we're talking about $400.
So, how is it now? Better, but not perfect. It is not hard to get in when cold, just notchy, and smooths out after a half dozen shifts. It does not shift as well as my old 1972 Pantera with 90,000 miles, which also uses a ZF synchro. Was it worth $400? Maybe, maybe not, but I would have always wondered had I not done it. -Steve