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Old 05-06-2009, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default whats a good Short Throw Shifter for N/A?

Hey i want to get a short shifter for my 06 2.5i impreza. and i was wondering if anyone has any good sugestions on a short throw shifter.
i was thinking kartboy cuz thats the only one i know. help met out =]
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:35 AM   #2
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www.importimageonline.com
here's it (yes, a wrx sts will fit a 2.5i): http://www.importimageracing.com/mm5...egory_Code=500

When you install it the new shorter bar will touch the metal when going into first. There's two ways to remedy this (One: Remove said metal, rotate 180 degrees, reinstall. Two: use a metal file to file away the couple of millimeters where it touches). This is the cheapest set out there, and it works great. No complaints with 15k miles since install. You will notice a little more NVH with the stiffer bushings, so save your old ones in case it bothers you.

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Old 05-06-2009, 03:16 AM   #3
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get the cobb adjustable ss. i love mine!
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:21 AM   #4
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i had a kartboy in my 06 2.5i. when i traded it for my wrx i took it with me. i love my kartboy!
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:27 AM   #5
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ive got the twm performance short throw and ive got no complaints. pretty cheap, also i would recommend purchasing the poly bushings with the shifter, they make such a nice difference for only 20 bucks
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:05 AM   #6
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www.ixizconcept.com - period.

better than any other - adjustable & has a optional 120g weight - price is right!
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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^^^ my only complaint with the ixiz is you need to put locktite on the threads and really secure the lock nut is really bolted up tight or it'll loosen up in a couple of months.

Any of the short shifters for the WRX will work on the 02+ Imprezas as well so I don't see how this is specific to the n/a's.

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Old 05-06-2009, 10:19 AM   #8
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kartboy FTW!!! sweet and simple!
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:20 PM   #9
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Go fast bits. fully adjustable and shorter than anything out there. You don't have to cut or trim anything to make sure it doesn't hit the metal shroud like most others do. but is is a bit expensive.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:46 PM   #10
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Kartboy. Get bushings while you're at it.


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Old 05-06-2009, 03:36 PM   #11
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^^^ my only complaint with the ixiz is you need to put locktite on the threads and really secure the lock nut is really bolted up tight or it'll loosen up in a couple of months.

Any of the short shifters for the WRX will work on the 02+ Imprezas as well so I don't see how this is specific to the n/a's.
i've had an ixizshift for about 2 years, never used locktite, never had any nuts come undone..

also, F cobb products, unless you want to buy from arrogant a$$holes with terrible customer service.

i still say ixizshift for the sole reason that you can add weight to the shaft.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #12
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Kartboy with bushings. There isn't really an NA specific one, just get the combo.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:50 PM   #13
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i had a kartboy in my 06 2.5i. when i traded it for my wrx i took it with me. i love my kartboy!
+1 i have kartboy on mine car and i love it!

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Old 05-06-2009, 07:31 PM   #14
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+2 for kartboy
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:02 PM   #15
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drivetrain (transmission) forum! The COBB adjustable is outstanding. it lets you adjust the leverage ratio and the lever height independantly so you can get that crisp solid low effort shift feel without having to compromise with a taller lever height for more leverage. And it's pretty, but you cant see it unless you remove/modify your boot. The kartboy gets great reviews from just about everyone who has one, and it's fairly cheap.

Do yourself a favor and get a solid shift knob and bushings while ur doing the lever.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:45 PM   #16
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+1 For RaceFaceXC

Honestly, if you're doing bits at a time like I did, I would say that the single best improvement in shifter feel are the bushings.

Knob is whatever, people prefer different grips and weights. I personally like to pull/push from a side grip so piston knobs are for me. Kartboy makes that super heavy steel piston, I enjoy it.

As for the shorter throw, meh. For me I don't think it does too much...
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:22 AM   #17
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is it plug and play for the kartboys? because thats what im leaning towards. i dont have to cut any metal or shave anything off?
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:34 AM   #18
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i think you'll have to grind the forward left corner of the trim with any shortshifter.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:41 AM   #19
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^^^ this is correct, except for the adjustable i think.

In that regards, my first post (second on thread) should be cheapest and = to karboy.

I had the kit installed and enough metal filed away within 20-30 minutes total. Don't forget to have a mallet/hammer available (getting shifter out will require you to turn it 180* in the socket, then hit it with a mallet towards the rear of the car, popping it out).

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Old 05-07-2009, 01:09 AM   #20
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Thanks a lot guys. very helpful.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:03 PM   #21
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i think you'll have to grind the forward left corner of the trim with any shortshifter.
or rotate it 180...

kartboy all the way, pick up the front & rear shifter bushings too...the TiC pivot bushings as well...best mod yet.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:11 PM   #22
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+1 for Kartboy and all the bushings. It's a huge improvement, and Tom is a great guy.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:11 PM   #23
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i think you'll have to grind the forward left corner of the trim with any shortshifter.
With the COBB adj. you can set it up high enough to not interfere with the metal surround piece but you will leave alot of the reduced shifter throw on the table that way. The metal surround comes out with 4 screws and a file will get that corner shaved away in a couple mins.
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Old 05-08-2009, 01:45 PM   #24
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Kartboy, there is no substitute.
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kartboy all the way. moreover i had no issue at all hitting the plate in first.
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