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Old 04-22-2002, 11:53 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Kartboy Short Shifter w/ bushings...<3 ;)

Just installed the Kartboy SS w/ the bushings. I LOVE IT!@!##@! The install was pretty easy for my friend heh. The throw has been greatly reduced and it's very notchy which I like. It has a very solid feel to it. The shifting is very fast and solid. Great products and big thumbs up to Kartboy on more solid products. I also have the exhaust hangers which I love. No complaints on this end. Much <3.
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Old 04-23-2002, 12:04 AM   #2
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Forgot to add that I used scoobymods.com's instructions. We didn't run into any problems at all.
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Old 04-23-2002, 01:36 AM   #3
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thx for the info
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Old 04-23-2002, 02:34 AM   #4
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thx for the info
Np. I just drove it again tonight and I love it even more hehe.
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Old 04-23-2002, 11:16 AM   #5
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Did you get the Knuckleball knob with it? I have the combo and highly recommend the knob. Feels so good.
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Old 04-23-2002, 11:21 AM   #6
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No, I have this dark grey razo one that I got for free. I like that one because it matches the silver trim of the interior.
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Old 04-23-2002, 01:30 PM   #7
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I love my kartboy & bushings, using the stock shift knob though. I really thought the bushings would be harder to install than they actually were.
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Old 04-27-2002, 05:26 PM   #8
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I installed just the shifter the other day. The reduced throw feels pretty good, though I've noticed that the tranny is more reluctant to get into 1st while moving than before. Maybe this is just perception because of the extra force you have to apply.

So only real complaint is that I had to file down the metal plate surrounding the base of the stick because the linkage arm attached to the shifter would contact it in 1st, and 3rd especially. This wasn't really a problem for shifting, but the arm would vibrate against the plate on uneven pavement, and cause an annoying noise. A five minute filing solved this though, and now I'm happy!

I think I might try the bushings, but I'm not sure what to expect, the shifter already feels pretty solid, will the bushings make it moreso?

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Old 04-28-2002, 02:47 AM   #9
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I installed just the shifter the other day. The reduced throw feels pretty good, though I've noticed that the tranny is more reluctant to get into 1st while moving than before. Maybe this is just perception because of the extra force you have to apply.

So only real complaint is that I had to file down the metal plate surrounding the base of the stick because the linkage arm attached to the shifter would contact it in 1st, and 3rd especially. This wasn't really a problem for shifting, but the arm would vibrate against the plate on uneven pavement, and cause an annoying noise. A five minute filing solved this though, and now I'm happy!

I think I might try the bushings, but I'm not sure what to expect, the shifter already feels pretty solid, will the bushings make it moreso?

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The Kartboy is just a shorter moment arm. It's not as short as I hoped it to be, but it'll do for now. I am surprised that you didn't install the bushings! Blah, I test drove my car with just the shifter without replacing the bushings and blah! The bushings give the shift a crisper feel IMHO.

Also, thanks for reminding me about the rubbing against the metal plate. I have been hearing this annoying rattle ever since I installed the Kartboy. Ironically enough, I told myself to listen for any rattling after i did this install but I forgot about this as soon as i made this mod Of course this requires more work, so maybe i'll just turn up my radio until the sound goes away
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Old 04-28-2002, 12:15 PM   #10
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You don't have to file the plate at all. I've posted this time and time again. You can just rotate it 180 degrees and the two small tabs up 30 degrees or so and the problem is solved.
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Old 04-28-2002, 03:38 PM   #11
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I thought about rotating the plate, but wasn't sure whether doing so would accommodate the vertical rubber spikes. In any case, I figured that there must be a reason that the plate was designed with the cross-corner section like that, and I shouldn't mess too much with what I didn't understand!

I'll probably go ahead and get the bushings, they're only $30 and it can't hurt to try them out.

need4mods, you should resolve the problem, it's a lot less hassle to file or flip the plate than to change the shifter itself. I had frustrating problems getting the shifter into the socket - needed to seriously whack it with a plastic hammer! You don't need to remove the shifter to modify the plate.

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Old 04-28-2002, 04:48 PM   #12
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I thought about rotating the plate, but wasn't sure whether doing so would accommodate the vertical rubber spikes. In any case, I figured that there must be a reason that the plate was designed with the cross-corner section like that, and I shouldn't mess too much with what I didn't understand!

I'll probably go ahead and get the bushings, they're only $30 and it can't hurt to try them out.

need4mods, you should resolve the problem, it's a lot less hassle to file or flip the plate than to change the shifter itself. I had frustrating problems getting the shifter into the socket - needed to seriously whack it with a plastic hammer! You don't need to remove the shifter to modify the plate.

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Actually, I am going to resolve this problem next Saturday when I start installing my STi Windshield and wiper assembly Good luck with those bushings, the first bushing went in with no problems, but that second one was a PITA! I have to shave 1/32" off the bushing for it to go in. I had to do this and to anyone who thinks that is a bad idea! I couldn't get the bushing in far enough bolt on the nut! After using my trusty dremel tool, I was able to shave the bushing and it went it in (still with a good fight) just barely enough so i could tighten the nut. Good luck, it was (and will be when you do this) worth the hassle !
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Old 04-29-2002, 09:20 PM   #13
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What I did is I placed 2 washers (aluminum type) on that corner underneath the plate (around that one screw of course). Problem solved.
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Old 04-30-2002, 11:12 AM   #14
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Old 05-01-2002, 02:25 AM   #15
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What "problems" are you talking about with the bushings? One guy had a hard time installing his. If he had used WD-40 it would have squeezed in without needing shaving. You don't NEED to alter the bushings to make them fit. You just need to lube them then push the second one on and use the nut to seat it further on, THEN take the bolt off, put the washer on the right way and torque the nut down to seat the bushing all the way. It's a tight fit for sure. See scoobymods.com for the directions, they're pretty concise.
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Old 06-03-2002, 10:19 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Great product

I was in San Diego and went over to Tom D's place to pickup some endlinks and spent a mintute or two chatting with Tom and checked out his Kartboy Mazda wagon. It had the shifter installed and I was impressed with the feel of it, and it took me about 30 seconds to make my mind up and get one.

The install was easy ala Kartboys detialed instructions. I am only slightly mechanically inclined. The old bushing is pushed out by the metal stud that comes out of the tranny. A bit of muscle required and POP. out it goes. No need to file or WD-40 the new ones (two halves) in just thread the nut over the big washer/spacer and tighten it up.

Very nice shifting action two thumbs up and a well spent 130 bucks
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Old 06-04-2002, 12:18 AM   #17
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I finally installed the bushings after having the shifter in alone for a while. The shift now has a very good crisp feel to it, and I actually find it a lot easier to shift into first while moving than with the original shift and bushing. Installing the bushings was easy, the trick is just to use existing solid parts of the car, such as the pin, to push the old bushing out and the new bushings in. No problem getting the nut on the pin at all. The instructions on scoobymods.com are very clear and helpful. I'd recommend getting both shift and bushings to anyone, it's well worth the money.

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Old 06-10-2002, 08:34 PM   #18
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I just installed the Kartboy Short Shifter to sum it up:

* Followed the instructions on scoobymods.com - excellent
* Easy to remove center console
* Had to hit the shifter real hard with a hammer to get it to sit back in the socket. Harder than I had expected to. If you dont't have a rubber mallet use a hammer and small piece of wood.
* Rubbing issue = Yup. Filed it insted of rotating. Sorry supermarkus missed you post. Oh well.
* Total time 1 hour

Very satisfied with the product and install. Thanks to everyone on this thread for the advice.

Bushing are going on tomorrow.

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Old 06-11-2002, 09:25 AM   #19
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Thumbs up Installed mine yesterday!!!

First...the craftmanship. Solid as a rock!
Second...the install. Easy as pie.
Third...the feel. Confident, crisp, tactile.

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Old 06-11-2002, 12:11 PM   #20
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Thumbs up Installed mine yesterday too!

I love the bushings, BEEG difference! I think I have a pretty sweet setup, no?

STi Short Throw Assembly
Kartboy Short Throw Lever
Kartboy Shifter Bushings

After I got the STi assembly put in I noticed it took more effort to make shifts.
Then after I installed the Kartboy Lever it got a bit harder to ake the shifts.
But, now, after I installed the Kartboy Bushings, WOW, shifting is so smooth, how did I ever live without them!

AND, they are not difficult to install. The only thing that was a tad difficult was pushing the squishy OEM bushing out.....whacked my knuckles but good.

Over all VERY Pleased with my set up!

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Old 06-12-2002, 08:58 AM   #21
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Did the Kartboy Bushings yesterday.

They really made shifting solid. Very nice! When combined with the Kartboy Short Shifter shifting gears is 100 times better than stock.

Install:

* 30 minutes.
* Getting the OEM bushing out was a little tough. Just keep pushing!
* It was tough to get the 2nd Kartboy bushing in, so I tightend the screw and washer until it sat in properly.
* I followed the instructions on Scoobymods.com - thanks Kastle

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Old 06-23-2002, 04:12 AM   #22
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I just tried out the shifter w/ bushings in a friend's car. It felt great. A little notchy to make sure you are in gear, and the throw was perfect.

..must fight urge to blow my savings account on mods...
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Old 06-24-2002, 01:07 PM   #23
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Just installed mine on Saturday. Can you say Piece of Cake!?!


The center console comes right off and the scoobymods instructions were awesome. One thing, I also had to hit the shifter in pretty damn hard. At one point I thought to myself, "Should I be swinging this hammer this hard in my car?" I had my old flannel folded over a few times and a standard hammer and it took a solid full force thud to get it in. Shifting is much better (no bushings for me) and it has a solid, well built feel. Time to install, 15 min. (But really 3 minutes and 12 minutes of wacking progressively harder )
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Old 06-25-2002, 06:51 AM   #24
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Well you guys surely have sold me on the Kartboy shifter and bushings! Where would a lonely pineapple from Honolulu purchase a couple of these beauties?

Mahalo!
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