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Old 02-28-2002, 07:00 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Cobb vs. Kartboy Short Shifter

I'm in the market for a short shifter, and I've done alot of research and searches here on the club. So...being that they cost the same, can anyone tell me if they know if there's a difference in shifts, throws, feel...etc.

I was hoping to get some deal off a group buy but I don't see it happening..so..help me out here people...

Cobb claims 50% improvement while Tom (Kartboy) claims 40%...

Tom...are you being modest?

Thanks in advance...
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Old 03-01-2002, 04:07 AM   #2
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well this doesnt help much since I only have kartboy
and i am not sure if you will find anyone who moved from one to the other, but i will tell you this much

there are not many (if any) disgruntled kartboy kustomers. so its not a losing situation if you go with kartboy.
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Old 03-01-2002, 11:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for your honesty and input...

I was just trying to see if I can get input from Cobb owners as well as Kartboy's and make comparisons...
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Old 03-01-2002, 04:41 PM   #4
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I'm a satisfied COBB customer. The only difference is that the COBB ss is the same height as the stock shifter, and the Kartboy is shorter than stock. Both claim 40% shorter throws though.

I wouldn't stress over a decision. Flip a coin if the height doesn't matter.
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Old 03-01-2002, 04:53 PM   #5
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Thanks...
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Old 03-01-2002, 07:05 PM   #6
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Another supremely satisfied Kartboy junkie, here. I have the shifter, Knuckleball knob and the shifter bushings.

The shifter/bushing combo is awesome, plain and simple. And CHEAP. I mean c'mon, $120 for that stuff?? Customer service with Mark and Tom is always first-rate--direct and specific, not to mention friendly.

I've no experience whatsoever with Cobb. All I know is they are easily one of the best, and most respected Subaru parts vendors out there. Their cold air intakes and brake systems, etc. are awesome from what everyone says.... so I can only assume that the shifter follows suit.

Whichever way you wanna go, my man.

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Old 03-03-2002, 11:59 PM   #7
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I'm a very satisfied Cobb short throw shifter customer. I would agree with the comments above. Both are awesome, in fact very little difference between them. Personally I think it comes down to your preference on the height of the shifter. Personally I was concerned that the Kartboy would be too low for MY taste. Matching the Cobb with a Momo Race Airleather shifter puts my hand in a lower than stock position because the shaft of the shifter goes almost all the way to the top of the Momo, this is not the case in stock.

Install is the same between the two, construction on both seems top notch. Both can have some very minor interference with the suround plate (simple to fix).

Think about shifter height an then by the short one (Kartboy) or slightly taller one.

I don't have any first hand knowledge of the shifter geometry but lets assume that the Cobb and Karboy are exactly the same from the linkage attachment point to the ball pivot. Your hand would be traveling further on the Cobb than on the Kartboy due to the height of the shifter, but you would also have more leverage so the shifts may feel easier. This may be compensated for in the relationship between the linkages to pivot designs, I don't know.

Bottom line, you will be very happy with either, I'm certain of that.
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Old 03-04-2002, 12:14 AM   #8
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Default rev lab short shifters

anyone have one of these? a little more than the kartboy i think. reviews?
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Old 03-04-2002, 11:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for you input guys....I think I'm gonna go ahead with the Kartboy...I'm just waiting for the right time ($$$) and a special package I was told about... Maybe Tom would care to share , or email me or PM or.....
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