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Old 12-02-2001, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default COBB Short Throw Shifter installed...

I just installed my new COBB short throw shifter for the 2002 WRX. Honestly, i'm not very happy. It sure doesn't feel like a 40% shift reduction to me...

Anyone else out there have this same issue or comments?

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Old 12-02-2001, 10:21 PM   #2
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My BPM billet aluminum short shifter easily reduced my shift distances by 40%. How many miles did you put on your car before you did the SS install. If you don't have many miles maybe you just don't have a good feel for the shifter yet. I put mine on right after a 630 mile road trip and noticed a huge difference.
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Old 12-02-2001, 10:28 PM   #3
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Default driven it every day...

Could be an experience thing, i've only owned the car for a hair over two months, but i've put around 2000 miles on it. I bought the COBB short throw kit, not the aluminum standalone shifter, but I think they both claim 40% reduction.

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Old 12-03-2001, 01:39 PM   #4
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DON'T SAY THAT! I just ordered mine and it should be arriving sometime this week. I'll let you know my results when it's installed.
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Old 12-03-2001, 02:15 PM   #5
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Default Heh....

Sorry chief.

Like I said, it could be just that i'm dumb and don't know @#$% about short throw shifters.


or I could be right.

*shrug*



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Old 12-03-2001, 10:30 PM   #6
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I've had the COBB short throw in my wrx for about 6 months now. When I took the factory shifter out and set it next to the Cobb I was shocked that they were pretty much the same length and angle. However, once I put it in(along with the bushing), I was pleased. The shifter has a much more solid feel, and the throws are a little shorter. Granted, I'm sure there are shifters out there that have even shorter throws, but I can slam gears confidently with the Cobb. If I want to drive the car normal , it also requires less pressure to shift it due to it being fairly long for an after market shifter. No complaints from me
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Old 12-03-2001, 11:19 PM   #7
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I had a Cobb "short shifter" installed and while it feels more solid I can percieve no change in the distance required to move the shift knob from gear to gear.
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Old 12-04-2001, 02:51 AM   #8
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One thing I have not done, is install the bushings that came with the kit. Do they really make that much of a difference?
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Old 12-04-2001, 06:35 AM   #9
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Yeah, the bushing will make a difference. Not in the throw distance, but in the solid feel. The factory one is a fairly soft rubber peice compared to Cobb's hardened's ones. Put them in and you should see a difference.
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Old 12-04-2001, 03:16 PM   #10
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I installed the Cobb shortly after break-in. I agree in that the shifts don't feel dramatically shorter. However, with the bushings installed the whole thing feels so damn solid I could care less if my shifts are short or not. The thing is solid and I can confidently slam my way around the gearbox with that race car feeling. No regrets on the shifter.

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Old 12-04-2001, 10:53 PM   #11
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To fully appreciate the shortness of the Cobb as I have you need to find a friend who has the same car as you but with a stock shifter and then sit in each one back to back and then you will see that the Cobb is indeed quite a bit shorter (at least for the GC8 anyways). I love my Cobb lever. It feels great and secure and is tall enough to be "normal."

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Old 12-04-2001, 11:13 PM   #12
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Will the Kartboy shirter fit the new WRX? I love mine!
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Old 12-04-2001, 11:18 PM   #13
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Kartboy has a shifter for the 2002 WRX. I'm not too sure how the Cobb compares, but the Kartboy shifter is not only much lower but a much shorter throw. And I'm sure in both cases, the bushings make a HUGE difference. I was starting to regret my kartboy a bit before I installed the bushings. After them I loved it.

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