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    Buying a new truck, well new to me. I want a 99-00 2500 or 3500 crew cab. i like the 454 but most of them are push button. I am finding a few 350s with the floor mounted. I have had a 98 Z71 with the push button and a 94 with the floor mounted one.

    The floor mounted I think I like better and feels stronger. But are they really. When I buy this truck it will be Straight Axled in the very near future. Im on a search and rescue team so the truck will be used frequently in the woods. I want to run this truck to the ground and rebuild it and keep it going forever if possible.

    Which do you prefer? and why?

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Push button for me because it's cooler.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Lever works everytime. You are relying on your arm to shift it, as versus and electronic motor.

    For your use, easy decision in my mind.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    button can go out and the transfer case wont lock in

    lever is always gonna lock your transfer case in
    but either way your actuator can go out
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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    floor shifter nothing else comes close.

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    I'd take my floor shifter any day over push button. Seems like too many things can go wrong with a push button.
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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    ive got a push button, not by choice, thats just what my fsc had when we got it.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    I have push button now but want to switcvh in the future..Can always use those 2 buttons for something else to.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quyonmob
    Lever works everytime. You are relying on your arm to shift it, as versus and electronic motor.

    For your use, easy decision in my mind.
    I agree, my truck is a lever and I wouldn't want anything else.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    for your use, probably the floor, but I have hit some ice, and started into the ditch and was able to hit the 4wd push button and drive back out, not sure if I could do that with it on the floor.

    oh yeah, like someone above mention, how hard is it to swap a button to a floor? might be an option if the truck you want has a push button.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    All my trucks have been the lever on the floor and I trust it alot more than the push button.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    On that year 2500 and 3500 the floor shift and push-button use the same transfer case (aside from the shift motors) so the strength really isn't an issue. The floor shift may be a little more reliable, but the front actuator is the weak point and they both have that. The trucks with leather and other stuff you may want are gonna have the push-button. Just depends on what else you want.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Thanks for the info and advice. Has anyone done the swap from the button to the lever? What does it intail besides cutting the hole in the floor board?

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    I'm a GM Tech and can honestly tell you that floor shift is better than the push button, you have no button switch to replace when that screws up, or a Transfer case control module or a transfer case shift/encoder motor...The cheapest of these parts is still a couple hundred dollars and thats if you change it yourself...Mechanical Action was the best thing that GM ever did away with just like the throttle cable IMO.
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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    its not a truck if there is no floor shifter for the 4wd. I fid it hard to sit in my mothers suburban and have nothing between the driver and pass. seats.


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    I have a floor shift in my truck and wouldnt have it any other way!!! i played light game in a 98 s10 and the oh **** my 4 wheel drive stoped working on me out in the dunes due to push button.... get the floor shift cant go wrong!


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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Quote Originally Posted by 80ZGuy
    Mechanical Action was the best thing that GM ever did away with just like the throttle cable IMO.
    You just contradicted yourself.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    ive got a push button, not by choice, thats just what my fsc had when we got it. there is just to much electrical with the push button that you have to count on.

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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    I prefer floor shift..my work truck ('96 Z71) has it and so does my Jeep. But on my '01 Z71 you automatically got stuck with the Autotrac w./ the LT package.
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    Re: push button or floor shift transfer case?

    Quote Originally Posted by 80ZGuy
    Mechanical Action was the best thing that GM ever did away with just like the throttle cable IMO.
    Well Put.


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