I'd actually guess it has something to do with the shift linkage, being mechanical (not me, the shift linkage). Probably not set up that way to avoid interference.mikester said:That's correct, I think the shifter is set up this way to avoid interference issues for those with longer legs (shifter could crowd the area around right knee/right hand/steering wheel).
The shift linkage could be built so that it could sit at any angle. But in this case, if the shifter was straight up in neutral, then you would have to move your knee out of the way to put it in reverse. And there's not much room to move your knee, because it will hit the other knee, which in turn would hit the chassis side rail. Besides, if you moved your knees out of the way, it would be hard to work the gas and clutch.Jon said:Probably not set up that way to avoid interference.