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Old 09-11-2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Default Kartboy Short throw install w/ Bushings, 2011 WRX 5dr.

Hey Guys,

This weekend I decided to do my second modification to my SWP 2011 WRX Hatch.
The reason that I wanted to do a short throw was solely because I though the throw was a little long and mushy compared to my Audi S4 that I just sold prior to this car.
I'll rate the install a 5 out of 10. Mainly because of the difficulty of the rear bushing removal and installation.
Total time was about an 1-1/2 hours from start to finish. (using floor jack & stands)


If this works out well for you, check out my 2011 WRX build thread over here! I have many more install threads...


Before picture of the stock shifter


Lift the e-brake and remove the cover to reveal the phillips screw holding the rear portion of the console.


Remove the 2 phillips / 10mm screws in the arm rest compartment.


Remove the rear section of the console then gently lift the rear of the front section of the console. When it unclips, gently pull back the front console to separate it from the lower dashboard. No screws on the front section.


Remove the two white plastic screws and reveal the stock shifter.
You must remove the snap-ring before you proceed. Use
thisthis
tool if you want to do it properly.


Once you remove the snap ring, remove the 12mm bold connecting the stock shifter to the shift linkage. From there, all you need is to gently pull the shifter up and release it from the cup below the snap ring.

The stock VS the Kartboy


Remove the plastic grease bushings and transfer them to the new shifter.


Take a break and wash your hands off of the grease. Haha, not really but I did because my car has 200 miles on it and the grease that they use stinks so I didn't want to replace my new car scent with whatever that smell is.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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Once you're clean, it's time to start get underneath the car, yay!

This is the piece your looking for. You'll need to jack up the car, remove the heat shield, and locate the shifter stabilizer bar and it's bushings.
(side note) there is a small twist wire that connects a rubber boot to this stabilizer bar inside the car. I had to cut it in order to remove the bar. Most cars have it, some don't. It is on the outside of the cup where you removed the snap-ring.



Change over the new bushings and re-install the bar back into the car.
This is the picture of the rear bushing with the new 13mm bolts installed.



This is the best picture I could get of the front bushing installed. It's tight in there!



Time to put it all back together. I used a small zip-tie to replace the wist wire I removed from the rubber boot that was attached to the cup of the shifter stabilizer.
New short throw



And an image of the Kartboy Short throw with a Cobb Shift knob on it. The Knob is brand new from Rally Sport Direct but it came scratched so I'm sending it back. Thanks for reading!!

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Looks great, how does it feel
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:14 AM   #4
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Awesome dude. I picked up my SWP Limited Hatch last week and I did this install this weekend too! Honestly, the Kartboy shifter is such a huge improvement over stock. I hated the way the stock shifter felt.

My suggestion to you for your next mod is the JPM Coachworks shift boot and ebrake boot. They go so well with the Limited interior.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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im waiting to install mine also just ordered it glad you liking it
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:40 AM   #6
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such an awesome thread at just the right timing. I'm assuming that stabilizing bar is pretty self explanatory to move correct

thanks for your contribution
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:03 PM   #7
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You explained everything to a T in this how to type of thread If i may add some suggestions for others that want to follow? dont be afraid of the minimal clearance the rear stay gives you when your threading in the 13mm bolts. use a socket to hand tighten first before you use a ratchet so cross threading does not occur, Its very tight but will work. Also, I had to drill out that 2-3" space washer that sits between the nut and the bushing on the front stay. I noticed if the hole was nominal size and you tighten down the bolt with the KB Front bushings there was a slight gap conditions allowing the stay to wobble around. I oversized the hole on the space to allow it to eliminate that gap. Should have taken pics for you all.

While your down there i believe EVERYBODY should be installing a Group N tranny mount! GREAT combo with the STS
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:41 PM   #8
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Thanks for the kind words, I really try to give back to the community as much as possible. I couldn't count how many time I got into a jam and a helpful post with some clear pictures got me through it.
Next thread will be my coilover install

For a quick review of the shifter:
I do love it, but I have noticed some minor changes to get used to.
One being the noise level. I'm talking a couple dB's here so let's not get all worried. In each gear, especially in reverse there is a small hum in the lower revs. Obviously because of the tighter bushings and less dampening, but still worth mentioning.
The other is that I honestly don't think that this transmission was made to handle being shifted any faster then the stock shifter allowed you. I'm definitely no expert in this field at all but since I don't drive like a mad man, it doesn't effect me but if you were looking to shift faster, good luck.
I feel it's a shorter throw (which is what I want it for) but if you're used to slamming gears with your stock shifter you'll be in for a treat when you try and the transmission tells you to wait until its damn ready.
So for me, it's great. I drive hard and give some nice clean shifts. If you're going to try to power shift, stick with the stock IMHO.
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:47 PM   #9
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Awesome dude. I picked up my SWP Limited Hatch last week and I did this install this weekend too! Honestly, the Kartboy shifter is such a huge improvement over stock. I hated the way the stock shifter felt.

My suggestion to you for your next mod is the JPM Coachworks shift boot and ebrake boot. They go so well with the Limited interior.

Dude, I'm in love. I was going to stitch one from scratch but this is such a nicer option then learning how to sew again, haha
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:51 PM   #10
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Now all you need are new boots. Look no further than JPM Coachworks.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:58 PM   #11
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Nice write up.
One thing to note. double check the center pivot point on the shifter. make sure that the sides of the bushings are well greased along with the center pivot crush tube. Torque the center bolt only to 8-10 pounds. anything more will make the shifter feel stiff and can transmit more noise.

Also the tranny will take about 10K + miles till its finally broken in and shifting happy.


Happy Shifting
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:45 PM   #12
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Dude, I'm in love. I was going to stitch one from scratch but this is such a nicer option then learning how to sew again, haha
They are awesome. The shift boot is a piece of cake but the E-brake boot is a slight pain the ass to install (totally worth it though, looks amazing). The black leather with red stitching matches the side bolsters of the seats so well. It really improves the quality/feel, those stock pleather boots pissed me off. They really should include these boots with the leather seat package.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:20 PM   #13
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Nice little tutorial. I love my kartboy, man. I have the same shift knob as well.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:24 PM   #14
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Nice write up.
One thing to note. double check the center pivot point on the shifter. make sure that the sides of the bushings are well greased along with the center pivot crush tube. Torque the center bolt only to 8-10 pounds. anything more will make the shifter feel stiff and can transmit more noise.

Also the tranny will take about 10K + miles till its finally broken in and shifting happy.


Happy Shifting
Tom
Hey Tom, Thank you for the quick tip, I didn't know that the torque setting was so low on the pivot bolt. I remember it being easy to break free so I should have realized it was a low setting. I'll re-torque it with a little loctite tomorrow.

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They are awesome. The shift boot is a piece of cake but the E-brake boot is a slight pain the ass to install (totally worth it though, looks amazing). The black leather with red stitching matches the side bolsters of the seats so well. It really improves the quality/feel, those stock pleather boots pissed me off. They really should include these boots with the leather seat package.
I just took a ride in the car and really took a look at the e-brake "leather" haha, leather....
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:14 PM   #15
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Yeah. its stupid low. what you can do if you dont have a low enough torque wrench. you can just drive with a pair of 12mm wrenches with the boot off. then just play with it till its just right.

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thanks for the install guide. I'm hopefully get my WRX tomorrow night if the dealership keeps their deal! This will be one of the first mods I do...
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:51 PM   #17
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Hopefully Overland04 doesn't mind me adding this, but I have the same car and the same shifter setup installed in my car. I took a quick video before and after to show the difference in throw.


I definitely agree with the speed thing though, particularly shifting from 1st to 2nd, I feel the transmission push back until it's ready for the shift. I also notice a lot more noise than before, but again, nothing unbearable.

Many of my car associates have sat in it, made fun of the still fairly tall shifter, and then have been shocked at how short the throw is.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #18
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quick question, did you grease the front stay bushings?
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:20 PM   #19
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nice writeup, def doing this soon.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:56 PM   #20
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quick question, did you grease the front stay bushings?
Nope, maybe there was a little that I used to seat the new urethane bushings. I remember that there is no need to grease urethane so I didn't.
Cheers!
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:56 PM   #21
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nice writeup, def doing this soon.
Thanks Jon!
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:59 PM   #22
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Hopefully Overland04 doesn't mind me adding this, but I have the same car and the same shifter setup installed in my car. I took a quick video before and after to show the difference in throw.


I definitely agree with the speed thing though, particularly shifting from 1st to 2nd, I feel the transmission push back until it's ready for the shift. I also notice a lot more noise than before, but again, nothing unbearable.

Many of my car associates have sat in it, made fun of the still fairly tall shifter, and then have been shocked at how short the throw is.
Hey Pakbot, No worries mate!
Thanks for the addition to my thread, Nice vid too! I would have loved to do an instructional video.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:32 AM   #23
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^Ditto, I'd of like to have done video of the front / rear bushings removal but it was a big enough pain just getting tools underneath, nevermind a camera. ;-)
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:23 PM   #24
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Nice im thinking about buying one but a cobb short shifter
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:41 PM   #25
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Awesome info and install pics! I'm going to be getting the KB SS soon for my 08 so this is a plus to have! I'm also waiting on the same knob from Rallysport Direct also, haha
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