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SpecBamf41 04-30-2012 04:00 PM

Custom shifter linkage and bushings
The moment I saw the linkage on the trans I bought my mind went to work.
So far I came up with an aluminum bushings in shop class.

I'm also looking at cutting the shifter and messing with the ratios for a shorter shift. When I looked at short shifted online I notice they just moved the bar farther up the shift stick. A lot actually. About an inch. So I'm thinking ill cut an inch out of the top on the and cut and put the inch long piece on the bottom section.

But does anyone have any measurement of a real short shifter? Just to be sure?

Here you can see. On the top is the bushing I made.
and the two golf tees are what I would cut. Then weld back together. And take and put that 1 inch piece where I have that single tee. To lengthen that.
This should reduce the shift throw while maintaining stock look and height. Thought I may put a slight bend in the shifter toward the driver. Like 10-20 degress

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MissJapaneseSubaru 04-30-2012 05:21 PM

I would like to hear the answer for this. I'm sure it will look pretty awesome when your done. Good luck!

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wish 04-30-2012 06:21 PM

aluminum bushings will have a great feel/response, but will rattle like a mofo. I had the kart boy front bushings on my last 2 cars and they felt great, but we're quiet since they're hard rubber. Now I have copolymer front shifter bushings on my LGT cause my friend gave them to me for free and they feel better than the kartboys, but vibrate like crazy and make a lot of noise. I shoved a whole bunch of insulation under my shifter trim which helped.

SpecBamf41 04-30-2012 07:07 PM

Good point on the noise. My next option was to make them from a hockey Puck. But I kept the bushing pretty tight so ill see about it when I get home and put it on. Makes it nice that the tranny is out of the car

Bother question. Where can I get that rubber weather boot seal thing. Or first what is it called!

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broknindarkagain 04-30-2012 10:20 PM

Why did you spray paint your shift linkage?

SpecBamf41 04-30-2012 10:21 PM

cause it was beyound rusty. i sandblasted it and painted it.

broknindarkagain 04-30-2012 10:33 PM

You know you made your car slower by doing that right?

SpecBamf41 04-30-2012 10:36 PM

yes. but its hella sweet

broknindarkagain 04-30-2012 10:38 PM

And each time you say hella a baby kitten dies

SpecBamf41 04-30-2012 10:42 PM

then im glad my cats are both 8 plus years old.

wish 05-01-2012 05:22 AM

I'm gonna say hella all the time now. Cats suck.

SpecBamf41 05-03-2012 05:55 PM

shifter works great. it has about a 4 to 5 inch throw. have not measure yet though.

SpecBamf41 05-07-2012 02:02 PM

3.5 inch throw now that that I measured it.

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MissJapaneseSubaru 05-07-2012 03:03 PM

Any pictures?

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SpecBamf41 05-11-2012 10:03 PM

Ill try and get a vid tommorrow morning

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