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Old 05-30-2002, 11:25 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Review: Perrin Short Shifter Kit

So I received my Perrin Short shifter from Altasports yesterday
(http://www.altasports.net/subaru/int...ers/perrin.htm)

Here's the Lowdown.

Initial Impressions:
This thing is small. It is the black shiftpoint only. You can see it attached to the stock shifter lever in the pictures on their site. The fit and finish are top notch, having worked in manufaturing in the past, i was impressed that the time was taken to properly dress out a part that you will never see again. I like that attention to detail. The instructions that it comes with are clear, and made good sense.

Installation:
Following the instructions was a piece of cake. Like all other kits, you disassemble the console to get at the shifter assembly. Then you leave the stock lever in place, and slide the new shiftpoint over the lever. You can adjust the height from 48mm (shortest) to 62 mm (longest, but still shorter than stock) , I set mine at 54mm, and tightened it down.

The worst part is trimming the plate around the shift area. You have to do this for all shifters, so I wasn't surprised to do it. But it did take some trial and error to get the right amount taken out. On a side note, I tried reversing the plate 180 and bending the litttle tabs at first, but then the back of the shifter made contact, so I put it back to normal and trimmed the excess out of the way. Someone will make a lot of money selling a version of this plate that is trimmed properly (hint, hint)

I then used the stock bushings and bolt to attach the linkage, and verified that all was good. It was, and I reassembled the console and took it for a drive.

In Use:
The difference is night and day. As everyone has said with every short shifter, it is a world of difference, and this was no execption. Since you keep the stock lever, and it has an internal rubber bushing, there was very little change in NVH. I can hear a very slight vibration around 4000 rpm, which is most pronounced in 1st and 3rd. I am going to try a few different heights and verify that I removed enough material from the plate, and see if it goes away. Although, I should note that if I wasn't listening for this noise, it is so quiet that I wouldn't pick it up.


In general, I am very pleased.

Pros:
  • Easy install
  • Inexpensive
  • Low NVH with stock lever
  • Adjustable

Cons:
  • Can"t just turn plate 180 to avoid rubbing

Overall, I give it thumbs up.
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Old 06-03-2002, 02:18 PM   #2
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I installed mine this weekend and it is a nice piece of equipment, especially for the price.

The throws are good and short and the "feel" is similar to stock.

Also, it didn't affect my 1st gear downshift or reverse.

I just wish I had a dremel for that plate
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Old 06-03-2002, 10:23 PM   #3
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Well, mine was installed incorrectly originally but I managed to fix it myself.

I am really pleased with it now. Shifts have the same feel as stock, just notchier and shorter.
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:31 AM   #4
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I bought mine from Vivid they sent no instructions with it. Do you turn the shift lever 180 degrees? Also is all the way down the shortest throw? How do you measure the throw? Can you just take that metal trim plate off and not replace it? Installed it and took it off b/c 1/3/5 seemed to be a farther throw than 2/4 which barely went into gear and 2 kept popping out. Hope I just installed it wrong
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:46 AM   #5
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The higher you go, the shorter the throw. And yes, I turned the shift lever 180.

I cut my metal plate back a lot, and then re-installed it. Some folks have removed it completely, and just but the four bolts back with ewashers to hold down the rubber boot. But that does give a bit more air/noise leak into the cabin. ( or so the posts say.)

I measure from the top of the perrin unit, to the top of the fat section of the shift lever that it attaches to. 54mm was as high as I could go in my car, but every car is a little different. I'm going to move mine around a bit, and see what height I like best.
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:48 AM   #6
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BTW: the install doc is available here:

http://www.vividracing.com/pspshifter.doc
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:51 AM   #7
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Does it seem that 1/3/5 is still a longer throw than 2/4? 2/4 really dont seem to slot in well
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Old 06-06-2002, 01:49 PM   #8
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Mine seem balanced, and the same distance, no problems with the gear popping out.

I think the popping out is actually a warranty issue, i've see other threads about it. (bad synchro or something)
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Old 06-06-2002, 02:21 PM   #9
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Now that mine is in properly I'm very happy with it. Great product!
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Old 06-06-2002, 02:40 PM   #10
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Ok Figured it out. I had it @ 65 mm from the top ( thanks for the link I had no directions). Set it to 52 mm 100% difference took a short drive slots home very nicely now. 3rd seems a little wierd cant feeel the notch but works good. The feel of the other four gears is great. Took out that shift plate lotsa NHV will cut the plate soon.
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Old 06-07-2002, 07:07 PM   #11
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i also need to shave that metal plate. but so far, so good. and for 60 bucks, quite a nice mod.
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Old 06-08-2002, 08:47 PM   #12
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I like the ****fter , but it was a true PIA to install ! I like others had a problem with first gear hitting the metal. After much rigging I got it to work properly. I'm overall satisfied with it and feel that it's a value for the money.
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Old 06-14-2002, 01:09 PM   #13
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Update .dremmelled plate to a perfect rectangle. then took a pair of vice grips and bent up area were the tie arm would hit to get an even shorter throw. Also installed KB bushings. Pure pleasure!! Snick snick all around. A Vast inprovement over stock- no noise increase but I do feel more vibration throught the shift lever as to be expected. I likes
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Old 04-08-2003, 07:32 AM   #14
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I installed the Perrin a few months ago and I love it. An adjustable wrench worked fine to bend up the plate. Shifts are much shorter. My friend with a stock 2003 WRX drove my 2002 the other week and the first thing that came out of his mouth was I got to get myself one of these(short shifter). I would definetly recommend the Perrin.
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Old 04-08-2003, 03:43 PM   #15
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I like the perrin short shifter, but i always love the perrin knob I got. Not only does it keep the shift boot up, but it has some good weight to it, perfect for autoX and quick, confident shifting. Plus it keeps your hand freezing cold in the cold weather and it burns a cool "P" in your hand when left in direct sunlight all day. Can't beat that.

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Old 04-09-2003, 05:47 PM   #16
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the perrin is working great for me.

no dremeling/grinding here.. just a good pull on a large adjustable wrench, and bent the hell out of that damned plate.

HINT: get some grease on your finger, and before you put the bolt through the perrin on the shift lever and secure the linkage, work some grease up the length of the linkage and into the rubber boot. this will help keep it silky.

i set my perrin height (and therefore degree of shift-shortening) AFTER i put the bolt back through the perrin. i simply moved it up until i could feel the linkage getting obstructed in a few gear positions, then backed off a tad. all i can say is that it's pretty damned short.

if you don't mind having a tiny hole in your shift boot, you could actually rig it up so you could adjust without console removal.

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Old 04-11-2003, 03:31 AM   #17
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I've had mine in for a few days.

I initially didn't dremel out the plate. Bad move. It was hitting the plate when in first and second. Not a lot, but enough to be annoying.

So today I dremeled out a ~ 1" x 1/8" notch and put everything back together. Much better!

Feels just like stock, just a shorter throw. My drivetrain feels really good now with this, the Kartboy bushings, and Group N tranny and engine mounts.
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I'm gunna bump this thread hoping there is a new version of the short shifter out!

I'm about to buy one for me 2005 WRX, but I don't really feel so great about trimming anything... at least not by myself. Justtttttt in case.
Anybody know if they made it more of a better fit? Or if the 2005 WRX is different it fitment?
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Old 07-03-2006, 07:32 PM   #19
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If you are worried about fitment, why not get another brand that is known to fit well? There are plenty of threads in here on them.
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Perrin short shift adapter shortened my throw dramatically. It is easy to take an adjustable wrench and just bend the metal plate up. The only drawback I see at all is the shifter knob height is exactly the same. I bought it directly from perrin so instructions are great.
--Stupidly I have also tried the agency short shifter. Throw is barely shortened. It doesn't seem one inch lower as stated. In addition, Agency or vivid never sends any instructions with their products that I have seen.
--I still have the agency shifter bushings sitting in my room. I hope to put them on soon. But, will they let me down also?
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:30 PM   #21
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One more thing. If some shifts seem easier than others, I have two tips.
1. Be sure shifter has been spun around 180 degrees exactly. Not 160 degrees or something.
2. Lube rubber boot where shifter rod will rub.
Those things should help it work as good as it can.
--REMEMBER-- use an adjustable wrench to bend the metal housing. Don't try to cut it.
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