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Old 12-05-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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About a year ago I bought my 2012 WRX, and I love it as much today as I did then. I've been shopping around for a new shifter boot and I've started to think lately about the height of my shifter. I ordered the Subaru short shifter from the factory but I've started to have the suspicion it was never installed and I just got the normal factory one. Is there anyway to tell from the actual length of the shifter? For some reason I just thought there was a linkage difference, I could be wrong though. If I measure from the silver center console in front of the change tray it's 6-3/4" high. If I measure from the front of the boot (where the faux leather connects to the console) its 6-1/4". If there's no length difference, how can I tell?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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The Subaru OEM short shifter is hardly noticeable to begin with. But what makes you think it wasn't installed?
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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The Subaru OEM short shifter is hardly noticeable to begin with. But what makes you think it wasn't installed?

Because I've never driven another WRX so I don't know how it should or shouldn't feel otherwise. So basically, just a gut feeling.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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Having driven both, I can assure you the SPT shifter is marginally better than the stock shifter, at best. I really hate the feel of mine and will one day get the Kartboy when I feel like doing something about it. If you drive a normal shifter, you will notice a slight difference but, what you will ultimately feel most, is a massive sense of being ripped off by paying for this crappy option.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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a short shifter has nothing to do with the length of the shift lever

a shortened shifter DOES

this is a common misconception and a product of lack of education on what is and what isnt about cars

all too common here
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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A midget driving a manual would also be considered a short shifter.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
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A midget driving a manual would also be considered a short shifter.
that is something i haddnt considered







































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Old 12-05-2012, 07:54 PM   #9
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A midget driving a manual would also be considered a short shifter.
Hahah so true
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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that is something i haddnt considered
Well this truly is a rare sight. Take note people.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #11
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Just buy a Kartboy Shifter and enjoy.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:54 PM   #12
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Is there a short shifter that doesn't shorten the shifter?
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:55 PM   #13
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I'm not sure if this helps because I can't find actual dimensions, but you can see how the overall lever length is the same but the pivot point is further away from the ball and the length from the pivot to the top of the lever is shorter on the SPT SS (short throw shifter is at the top)

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:00 PM   #14
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I ordered the Subaru short shifter from the factory but I've started to have the suspicion it was never installed and I just got the normal factory one. Is there anyway to tell from the actual length of the shifter?
Dimensions and measurements can be found here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2434535
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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Has anyone tried threading the spt shifter down to that collar and cut about an inch or so off the length?
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:49 PM   #16
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it's a slighltly shorter throw. I played around with a regular and short shifter and just liked the shorter throw on it. i think it was something like an inch shorter throw.

i didnt like the very short throws on the kartboy tho. personal preference.

if u ordered one with, and its in the invoice, most likely it's preinstalled, while stuff like a sub would be port installed. can anyone verify that?
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #17
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Is there a short shifter that doesn't shorten the shifter?
many of them

the cobb one adjusts any way you want
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:20 AM   #18
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if u ordered one with, and its in the invoice, most likely it's preinstalled, while stuff like a sub would be port installed. can anyone verify that?

Thats what I wonder. If it was installed overseas or at the dealership.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:51 AM   #19
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Thats what I wonder. If it was installed overseas or at the dealership.
At ports in the USA.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:57 PM   #20
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At ports in the USA.
We don't install car parts at the "ports" of the United States, but I'm sure they install them at the dealerships in the United States, hah
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:06 PM   #21
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We don't install car parts at the "ports" of the United States, but I'm sure they install them at the dealerships in the United States, hah
False. There are a lot of accessories that are installed at the port when the cars come in. As a matter of fact it's very rare that we install an spt short shifter.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:08 PM   #22
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False. There are a lot of accessories that are installed at the port when the cars come in. As a matter of fact it's very rare that we install an spt short shifter.
You are telling me that our federal government is now training customs officers at these ports to double as mechanics?
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #23
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You are telling me that our federal government is now training customs officers at these ports to double as mechanics?

Dude. Seriously?
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:31 PM   #24
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You are telling me that our federal government is now training customs officers at these ports to double as mechanics?
If you have no clue what you're talking about please don't open your mouth because you just make yourself appear stupid. This is from kbb and it explains it for you.

"7. What is the difference between Factory, Port, and Dealer Installed Options?
PIO stands for "Port Installed Options." These items are installed on the vehicle after it leaves the foreign factory and arrives in the United States---literally "at port." Both Factory Installed Options and Port Installed Options must be factory approved. Therefore there is some price control. There are also "Dealer Installed Options" which are items added to the vehicle at the dealership. We do not list Dealer Installed Options, as they do not have to be factory approved. Since we cannot be certain of what brand or grade the dealer may choose to put in the vehicle, we cannot address this type of pricing."
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:48 PM   #25
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It was a joke. Life goes on.
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