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Old 07-26-2008, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Which shifter do you run and does your shift selector seal leak?

Doing a little research to back up a theory of mine.

What I need from you guys is..

Year / Model of car

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Stock linkage or SPT

Seal leaking?

When I talk about the shift selector seal I'm talking about where the shift rod goes inside the transmission.

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Old 07-29-2008, 03:51 PM   #2
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Come on guys I'm looking to get some solid info on this.
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Old 07-29-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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I have a 00 RS with 200k miles on it. I have had the kartboy shifter ever since 15k miles. I have never had that seal leak. I have broken shift forks, transfer gears and worn out bearings, but never have broken a gearset. I have had this car to countless autocrosses, trips to the dragstrip and rallycrosses. That seal has never been replaced, but the trans was dissasembled 4 times.

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #4
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We have seen more seals leak with stock shifters than with short shifters.

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:43 PM   #5
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^^ we see alot of the oppisite
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:29 PM   #6
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02 wrx. Kartboy shifter for 4.5 years. Stock linkage. All is well.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:44 AM   #7
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about 74k miles on my 04 WRX wagon with a short shifter, no issues whatsoever.

The car has seen autoxing and hard driving, a blown 2.0 liter (now running 313whp on a 2.5), and other issues. No tranny-related problems.

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:20 AM   #8
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Thanks guys, this is the kind of info I'm after, I'm looking to see if it's a mechanical thing or a driver thing
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:28 AM   #9
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Well Dylan - you've got my car (Bugeye WRX) in the shop. You know that I run a Kartboy short shifter. It had the SPT short throw (gold anodized) from the factory, so it's got the SPT linkage, but it has the stiffer bushings from Kartboy. I've had it in for about 550-750 miles. Put it in just before you rebuild my trans with the RA gears. Does the shift selector seal leak on my car?

(Also - I DO NOT SLAM GEARS. I drive my car very lightly as it hasn't even seen track time with any of the new trans/short shifter setup.)

I also want to make it clear that the reason my trans blew was due to someone else (a local tuner in Chicago) driving my car while it was on the dyno... gear slamming on the dyno will still cause gears to fail evidently.

Also - I am on the Cusco trans mount (only been on for the same amount of time as the trans rebuild.)

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:29 AM   #10
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05 sti. kartboy shifter with upgraded front and rear shift bushings. been on for 20k+ with no issues
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:35 AM   #11
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06 wrx kartboy shifter spt linkage 15,000 miles worry free!
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:38 AM   #12
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Not sure what shifter part your talking about. I am running the stock shifter with 160k. The shifter shaft going into the trans has oil on it but not exactly leaking. Yet the thread about the center diff I posted on recently. My shifter looks about the same. Until recently I have been a bit scared going with a short shifter because I shift way to hard. After getting bullet shifters for my ppg gears I am not so scared
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:46 AM   #13
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Dylan - I have yet to see this on any of the ones we have or have done here.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:04 PM   #14
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Factory short shifter.

126k miles. Modified heavily for 80k miles, 2nd clutch, not babied in the slightest but well maintained.

All work done by Dan at Andrewtech.

No leaks groans or other problems, ever.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:02 PM   #15
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Axlethrasher- yours was leaking.

Hmm I'm wondering... could you guys also add what trans mount you are using?

-Dylan
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:24 PM   #16
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Axlethrasher- yours was leaking.

Hmm I'm wondering... could you guys also add what trans mount you are using?

-Dylan
The plot thickens... How much lower does the Cusco trans mount make the trans sit than that stock trans mount?
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:07 PM   #17
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2004 WRX 5MT: SPT gold shifter linkage, stock lever, all TiC/Kartboy shifter bushings, 65,000 miles with some autoX and one HPDE. no seal issues.

2004 STi 6MT (swapped in): Stock linkage, KB lever, all TiC/KB shifter bushings, only a couple hundred miles on it so far. no seal issues.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:16 PM   #18
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The plot thickens... How much lower does the Cusco trans mount make the trans sit than that stock trans mount?
If you don't use the washers, the Cusco mount is stock 6-speed mount height. If you use the washers, it's stock 5-speed mount height.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:53 PM   #19
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Cusco used to make a 5mt specific mount for the GC8. As I understand (as Phil said) the new one is the shorter height with optional washers.

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I have Cusco engine and tranny mounts sitting in my room. I have an '07 sti that they will be going on. So to have the stock 6-speed high just like from the factory I should not use the spacers, correct?
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Old 07-30-2008, 04:18 PM   #21
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Correct. Not using the washer makes the Cusco mount match the 6-speed mount. You use the washer if you are using the mount with a 5-speed.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:46 PM   #22
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My RS daily driver also has group N mounts.

My race car has a six speed swap with a stock 5 speed tranny mount and stock lever and linkage. No leaks on it either. This vehicle gets the beat down constantly, including many clutchless shifts on a stock six speed. It leaves almost every stop at 6k rpm side stepping the clutch.

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^^ ouch poor trans
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