Shifting the cart is a necessary function that will not happen without a DS and Precedent Forward and Reverse Handle. This is the knob that installs on the outer wall of your battery or engine compartment. It is placed conveniently at arm's reach so that you can easily stretch down and get the caddie going in the other direction. It's as easy as the flip of a switch.Bad jokes aside, when you lose this item, it can make life on your vehicle less fun. Is there a way to shift it without the handle? Sure, you need a pair of pliers, and you have to get off the machine each time. If this sounds like not a lot of fun, get a new golf cart reverse handle installed and avoid it all. This Club Car forward and reverse handle will work for the 85 and newer DS models and the 2004 and up Precedent models. Get a new one coming from Buggies Unlimited today.