short shifters??

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short shifters??

Post by cabbit » Wed Jul 14, 2004 7:45 pm

i'm considering getting a short shifter for my '87 5sp cabriolet, anybody know the best way to go???

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Post by Calimus » Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:39 pm

They are all about the same. I've used both ABD and EuroSpeed and they have both done a great job. Things that can help with the feel after you install a short shift, would be a weighted selector rod. If you look around some of the sites that sell the short shifts, you should find these rods for sale as well.

Oh and when doing the short shift, it's a great time to replace all the bushings in the shifting system as well. Replacing those alone makes a world of diference.
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Post by 1lowcab » Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:24 am

Oh and when doing the short shift, it's a great time to replace all the bushings in the shifting system as well. Replacing those alone makes a world of diference.
i would start with the bushings, then if you still don't like it get the short shift kit. i did the bushings and selector rods on mine... HUGE difference!!
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Post by sixsracing » Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:01 am

Same here, but I have been considering the short shift as well. Fast seems to have selection and price.
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Post by bubster007 » Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:24 pm

The actual piece you buy is identical to the piece you will throw away except it is about 2 inches longer. Mine had two additional holes and I chose the one farther out on the end. I am very pleased and I do not know why they even put the center hole ( No one uses it). You could use the piece from your car or you could go to a junk yard and get the stock piece, stop by a weld shop / machine shop and in 15 minutes you have a part that is 2 inches longer with the same size hole out near the end and you saved $100.00. Throw some paint on it and presto. I would recommend a handfull of new bushings ($10.00) and a weighted shift rod. Again, You can get a piece of stock and put the weight on the rod yourself. The money you saved could buy patches for that inflatable thing you have in the know. "Sandy" the beach ball.
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Post by Briano1234 » Tue May 10, 2005 8:05 am

I bought the short shifter kit that is very generic... A weighted bar milled hose clamped to the shifting rod, and a link extender that bolted into the exsisting hole. 25 bucks or so. ... ml#Pricing

Gives a discount to vortexer's.... made a hell of a lot of difference, and cheaper than a neuspeed....

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Post by kda339 » Wed May 11, 2005 10:22 pm

I did the back yard set-up my self back in the day and I am planning on doing it again. The cost of the short shifter kits are really out there considering what you get. As for welding the peices togther I happen to have a welder at the time and made three of them for my buddies and I and worked great. However like posted eariler get new bushings. Our car is not the best when it comes down to them.
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Re: short shifters??

Post by jemery.wa » Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:57 am

i did the short shift kit with the weighted rod and love it but what made it even better was replacing the shifter itself with one out of a scirocco, it brings the shifter right into your hand and you don't have to reach much for 3rd and 5th because it curves towards the driver more.

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Re: short shifters??

Post by gull » Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:58 pm

I have the MissingLinkZ kit. I bought it mainly for the metal ball-and-socket joints, which make a huge difference in feel and durability. The threaded rods also make it very easy to adjust the shifter. The shortened throw was just a bonus.
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