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Old 10-20-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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Unhappy Buyer Beware!! short shifters - look what happened to my short shifter kit

This is a picture of my aftermarket short shifter by SS Auto Chrome. The rod connecting the shifter to the tranny broke in half, thats tubular steel. I think it is due to poor engineering of the parts. My co-workers say its cuz I am too strong. What do you Suby Enthuesasts think of it> ??

I installed this part about 6 years ago and its been under constant useage, but should this part really fail like this under normal useage?

I would not buy anymore SS Autochrome aftermarket WRX Parts - buyer beware!!!

BTW does anyone have a stock shifter/linkage rod laying around they would like to sell to me? I am in Seattle, Washington area. dorazio.dan@gmail.com

I took this image from my iPhone.


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Old 10-20-2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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Was the linkage arm replaced with this SS kit or is it the OEM linkage arm that broke?
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
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The SS Autochrome Kit came with the linkage arm that is the P.O.S. shown broken in half here! I might have found someone who will part with a stock lingage/shifter
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:31 AM   #4
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Might email Jamie/ Subiegal she might have one lying around. Thats a first seeing that part break. Could you take a higher quality picture of the failure?

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:37 AM   #5
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KARtboy- I can take a high qual pic if you like...mind if i ask why though?

Don't your shifter kits utilize the stock rod linkage (my part that broke)? I need a quick cheap fix. So I think I'll go stock for now.

I was reading about the SSAutochrome vendor in the posts looks like the have a BAD reputation for bad cust service and poor quality parts look here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1405347
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:48 AM   #6
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I'm always interested in seeing why/ how things fail. Since i used to do QC/Failure Testing for Dupont Aerospace for 10 years.

you can email me direct if you dont want to post.

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:49 AM   #7
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An additional linkage arm is worthless for a short shifter as in it doesn't affect feel/performance....just like when you buy the SPT SS kit you get all of the parts (linkage joint, linkage arm, shift lever, rubber shroud, metal ring) and in the end, the only part that is different is the shift lever itself....all the other parts are the same and redundant .
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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Shoulda gone Kartboy and left the rest of the linkage stock.

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Old 10-21-2009, 07:21 AM   #9
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well......first time ive seen a shift lever fail like THAT
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:37 AM   #10
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its been on your car for 6 years.....after years of wear and tear, it is possible to break it. i've seen b&m short shifters on hondas break within 3 weeks, hell when i was in the dells on a wisconsin ducks boat tour this past summer.... the driver broke the shifter on that during the tour.......that shifter was from world war 2. back in those days things were made a lot better, especially for the army
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:28 AM   #11
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Hmm, all interesting perspectives on shifter failure. This struck me as rare, as do most people I talk to.
Anyways, I made the 3 hour trip to the junk yard to replace the part, this was the fastest avaliable resource for the broken part. Which further tells me that these rarely break. SubaruParts.com, the nations largest subaru parts dealer, told me it would take almost 9 days to get me the part.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #12
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its been on your car for 6 years.....after years of wear and tear, it is possible to break it. i've seen b&m short shifters on hondas break within 3 weeks, hell when i was in the dells on a wisconsin ducks boat tour this past summer.... the driver broke the shifter on that during the tour.......that shifter was from world war 2. back in those days things were made a lot better, especially for the army
I've owned a few Subaru's that are now almost 20 years old. None of them had shifter linkage failures when I owned them, and I'm sure they are still kicking to this day.

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Old 10-21-2009, 06:56 PM   #13
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I have a kartboy lever with over 200k. on it. Been in the car for almost 10 years. It still works perfectly and try I to beat the hell out of it.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:09 PM   #14
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This shifter failure has much win!
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:05 PM   #15
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lol, what was your reaction when this happened? just curious.
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:14 PM   #16
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Reminds me of my Cobra back in the day ripping steeda handles off. Hope you find a fix.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:28 PM   #17
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New one on me. Can you post up the better pics please? I'm curious as well.
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