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Old 04-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default which short shifter should I buy?

I'm looking into getting a short shifter for my 05 rs. There are a lot of different ones out there and a huge price difference. I know most will say I'll get what I pay for, but what's the difference really going to be. If you guys have any experience with a short shifter I'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:33 PM   #4
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Kartboy + Bushings, i wouldnt go any other way. Close thread.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:35 PM   #5
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this thread is still open....? Kartboy.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:48 PM   #6
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www.kartboy.com is where you want to go. If you need a discount code, send me a picture of a smoking hot babe via PM and I will get you the code.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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Why Kartboy over Cobb?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:58 PM   #8
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Why Kartboy over Cobb?
This is actually the sentiment I share, as I think the Kartyboy is kinda short for my liking, I like a tall shifter that isn't terribly long but isn't as short as many of the short shifters like the kartboy.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:59 PM   #9
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #10
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This is actually the sentiment I share, as I think the Kartyboy is kinda short for my liking, I like a tall shifter that isn't terribly long but isn't as short as many of the short shifters like the kartboy.
Well my logic is they're both priced nearly the same but the Cobb is adjustable.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #11
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I just got a cobb double adjustable short shifter two days ago and I absolutely love it! I grabbed a used one on eBay for about 80 shipped :P
Cobb plus the upper bushings feel awesome!
I've yet to check and see if I have the lower yet though
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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I have the Kartboy and while I really like the shorter throws I do wish it had at least 1/2" more height to it as it would make shifting more crisp. The short height requires more effort to row through the gears. I rigged it with my TWM knob and it's adapter to be higher just to try and it shifted so much better than the regular short length. Problem was it looked retarded and there was too much space between the knob and reverse lockout ring (6-speed). In this aspect I believe the Cobb short shifter has an advantage as you can adjust the height. If I could do it over again I would have gone with the Cobb.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:32 PM   #13
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Get an adjustable shifter
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #14
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I would agree that the Kartboy is a little shorter than I would like but a different knob (not a ball-shaped knob like the Cobb Knob) would pretty much solve the problem. I went with a WC Lathewerks GF4 for my WRX and that's something that I'll be keeping.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:49 PM   #15
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If you want looks. cobb. Mine is sitting like 1 inch from the trim base but its hard to throw shifts quick.

If you want to throw quick shifts all day long. Kartboy.

If you want to be a weekend warrior. Cobb. Adjustable?!?!?!!
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Old 04-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #16
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I would agree that the Kartboy is a little shorter than I would like but a different knob (not a ball-shaped knob like the Cobb Knob) would pretty much solve the problem. I went with a WC Lathewerks GF4 for my WRX and that's something that I'll be keeping.
Yes that is an option. Unfortunately for me I'm a fan of the ball style shifter which sits low on the Kartboy. If you stick with the stock knob it's about a 1/2" taller but I'm also not a fan of the two texture leather/plastic of the STI knob. Not the end of the world though as I can live with the way it is right now.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:04 PM   #17
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I don't notice any issues quick shifting with the cobb? But I've never used a kartboy
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:24 AM   #18
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I've had both and I would never go with an adjustable again.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:58 AM   #19
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To everyone who thinks that the Kartboy STS is too short: go to your local hardware store and buy a 12x1.25 nut and screw it on the shifter so the top of the nut is where you'd like the bottom of your shift knob to be. Now you have an adjustable height shifter. Blox knobs use this system, and it works really well. 5spd only, as mentioned above it looks retarded with a 6spd.

I'm a fan of the KISS principle, so if the Kartboy has the short throw you want....then it's one less thing to go wrong.

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Old 04-20-2013, 10:08 AM   #20
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #21
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I've had both and I would never go with an adjustable again.
Can you explain?

With that post I can only assume you couldn't take the pressure of having to make a decision on adjustment.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:38 AM   #22
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So you guys are sure I should go with kartboy? Lol. Thanks for all the input!
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:20 PM   #23
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I have Cobb-Subaru 6-Speed Double Adjustable Short Throw Shifter-I love it
You can adjust the high or low of the shifter
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