Stand-Alone Shift Light in a Toyota Tacoma - Get Your Shift Together
Installing A Stand-Alone Shift Light
Most of today's trucks come with a tachometer already installed in the cluster, so the need for a big, massive thing bolted to the dash is kind of redundant. Missed shifts lose races, but more importantly, can also cause the motor to go "boom," so it's nice to keep tabs on the rpm. If you modify the motor so that it twists higher than the factory intended, or you just want it for status, then you might need an aftermarket tach. If you're like us and want one of the other cool features that are usually the norm on these after market tachs, i.e. the shift light, then Proform has it.
Proform Parts recently introduced its stand-alone 3,000- to 11,000-rpm shift light. The shift light does not require a separate module and allows you to set shift points via a dial on the back. Basically, the shift light comes on at a certain rpm to let you know to push in the clutch and grab the next gear without taking your eyes off the road. We went to Circuit City in Buena Park, California, to have Brandon Smith, the road shop manager, throw it in. If you didn't already know, Circuit City does more than just simple stereo installs. Check out the company's Web site and see what it's been doing lately. If you're ready to see the light, then get your shift together and read on.