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Old 03-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #26
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There's a REASON why everyone on here is recommending Kartboy. Why would a bunch of random internet dorks ACTUALLY AGREE?

Heat shield is not worth it unless you like the bling factor.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:12 AM   #27
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ok, how does this sound?? Kartboy lever/bushing kit with stock 11 wrx knob?? can u use the stock boot?? do you need one of those 'collars' to hold the kartboy shifter to your stock boot??

and no one has commented on the twm short shifter for wrx???

sure you can use the stock boot. the knob is what holds the boot in place.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:28 AM   #28
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I have the spt shifter and the boot is kinda saggy. I don't think there's much you can do about that though. I've driven a wrx with the kartboy kit and its quite a difference, the bushings are way better and the shifts are much easier. The spt shifter is still pretty sloppy.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:30 AM   #29
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i have the sti sts on my '11 and it's noticeably better then stock. i haven't been able to compare it to the kartboy one but i hear lots of recommendations on it from people on here and elsewhere.

one advice i would say is don't waste your money on the sti shifter bushing. I drove my car for the 1k break-in then came back to the dealership when i had time to and had them install the bushing for me since they said it wasn't a port install item so they had to do it. It's really not worth the money at all, i couldn't feel a difference in it after installation and felt like i wasted 2 hours there for nothing. I know after-market bushings do make a difference between those and the stock rubbery bushings so definitely go with those if you really want to switch out the bushings.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:09 AM   #30
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There's a REASON why everyone on here is recommending Kartboy. Why would a bunch of random internet dorks ACTUALLY AGREE?

Heat shield is not worth it unless you like the bling factor.
King Internet Dork has spoken.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:12 AM   #31
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:29 PM   #32
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I just bought the Kartboy SS kit with the bushings and the rear mount the other day. I have the shift rod installed but haven't had the time to do the bushings yet. The Kartboy is about a million times better than the stock shifter in the N/A cars. I'm going to install the bushings and mount when I get a chance, but, honestly, I would be fine with just the shift lever.

Install of the shifter was a snap. I had bought the wrong shifter before so I had to take everything apart twice. Took about 20 minutes total the first time and about 10 the second time. Only tool that I think the average person might not have for the install is a set of snap-ring pliers. I use the stock knob and boot.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:34 PM   #33
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Go Kartboy. Easy install on the lever, not so easy on the bushings IMO.
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:54 PM   #34
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so no one has the TWM short shifter on their wrx???
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:11 PM   #35
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I have the TWM on my 09 WRX and love it. I highly recommend getting the bushings also. This is machined from one piece and is truly a shame to cover it up with a shift boot! I believe they are also running a group buy on any of their products.
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Old 03-06-2011, 05:28 PM   #36
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Glad I read this thread.

I will probably grab a Kartboy STS. My WRX order was held up by the back ordered STS from the factory (apparently STi orders are more important ). Perhaps it was serendipitous in a way.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:45 PM   #37
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I didn't see an immediate response to this (including in Unabomber's shifting FAQ), so thought I might just post here: if I don't mind longer throws but want crisper shifts, I just replace both the front and rear shifter bushings, correct?
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:43 PM   #38
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I didn't see an immediate response to this (including in Unabomber's shifting FAQ), so thought I might just post here: if I don't mind longer throws but want crisper shifts, I just replace both the front and rear shifter bushings, correct?
If you think you don't mind longer throws, it's because you've never driven with shorter throws
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:58 PM   #39
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I'd compare the stock throw on the 5 speed to be about the same on my ford ranger. now thats saying something.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:00 PM   #40
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #41
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Kartboy FTW. Install was easy on my STI, the only thing i needed was a set of snapring tools, which i did not mind buying becuase i you can never have enough tools.

Install took about 35-45 minutes.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:57 PM   #42
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quick question.. im looking on Turning Concepts site. What is really the best option out of the 2?

1. http://turninconcepts.com/product_in...oducts_id=1003

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2. http://turninconcepts.com/product_in...products_id=92

Not sure if the 2 extra bushings are worth $40 or not.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:08 PM   #43
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quick question.. im looking on Turning Concepts site. What is really the best option out of the 2?

1. http://turninconcepts.com/product_in...oducts_id=1003

or

2. http://turninconcepts.com/product_in...products_id=92

Not sure if the 2 extra bushings are worth $40 or not.
Overpriced.. Check rallysportdirect for better pricing.

You can check on 3gwrx dot com. ask for treble racing in the chat they will give you good deal on everything.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #44
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Hi all, new to the site. Just ordered my first WRX on Feb 21st. I did not order the SPT because I had plans of installing the kartboy. But now I am worried that it will void the warranty for the transmission. Is that true? Do I have to buy the SPT if I want the transmission to be covered?
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:06 PM   #45
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Cant imagine they would get upset about a shift lever and bushings but then again I'm just assuming.

Can anyone give an opinion of the kartboy vs. mode shifter for the STI? Hate the derail, but was curious as no one had mentioned the mode shifter.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:07 AM   #46
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Overpriced.. Check rallysportdirect for better pricing.

You can check on 3gwrx dot com. ask for treble racing in the chat they will give you good deal on everything.
It's actually $5 cheaper on TiC's site..
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:26 PM   #47
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One thing I am trying to figure out before I buy is this.

The Kartboy setup on their site has the shifter and their bushings.

http://www2.kartboy.com/x4/product.p...4&bestseller=Y

The TIC package has the linkage bushing and the pivot bushings.
http://turninconcepts.com/product_in...products_id=87

Are all of them needed? I asked Tom at Kartboy but haven't heard back (yes, I am impatient, lol).

Are all of the bushings from the TIC kit so much of a difference? If you do install all of these bushings does the shifter feel like a notchy little SOB? Is it too much?

Thanks.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:58 PM   #48
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I say both. I drove a 5 speed GD that had the Subaru short throw gold gold linkage and a Kartboy shifter. I believe it was the older KB shifter designed for the GC. It felt great, the throws were short and precise and just had a great overall feel.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:33 PM   #49
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I already have the SPT shifter installed from the dealer, and at the time of purchase they refused to swap it out for the original. Coincidentally, every WRX they had on the lot had the accessory installed and I had nothing to compare the short shifter to. Will the Kartboy SS with bushings be a worthwhile difference to someone who already has a dealer installed SPT SS?
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:34 PM   #50
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Dont forget to checkout the GB TIC is doing for this month.

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