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Old 11-13-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hey Guys and Gals,

I recently purchased a 2011 WRX Limted 5 Door and I am confused as to whether it came with the short throw shifter pre-installed.

To give some further detail, I actually purchased the car "used". The original owner had it for about 3 months and I was told he wanted more power so he traded it back to the dealer so he could upgrade to an STi. His loss was my gain and I grabbed it for what I think was a pretty good price, but since the car was being sold as used, the sales person didn't have the traditional spec sheet that he could ramble off to me.

I ended up buying the car assuming it did NOT have the short throw, but today I was going through the booklet and I found the original window sticker that outlines the car and what do you know, it says short throw shifter on there. I am inclined to believe the sticker, but since this is my first manual car and my first Subaru, I don't have anything to compare against.

Is there any way for me to confirm whether or not I already have a short throw in my WRX? Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-13-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Compare with a friend.....no homo
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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If it's anything like the 02-07, the shifter will be a different color. If you can pry off the boot and take a photo, chances are someone can tell you which stock shifter you have.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Compare with a friend.....no homo
Heh, sadly I don't have any friends who are rockin WRX/STi's.

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If it's anything like the 02-07, the shifter will be a different color. If you can pry off the boot and take a photo, chances are someone can tell you which stock shifter you have.
I see what you're saying. If that ends up being the best/only option I'll do it, but for now I'm still in the baby'ing mode of my new car and I don't want to break any factory tight seals just yet.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:36 PM   #5
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It's not hard, just pull down on the shift boot. It will pop back into place after the inspection. The STi short throw will be cad plated ( gold in color).
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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If it's on the original window sticker, then you have it. It's not like someone is going to take it out of there as that does NOT happen. Quit worrying.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:47 PM   #7
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i wouldnt be worrying about it either... just go to the dealer and feel the shifters of some of there stock ones and you will be able to tell right away.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:56 PM   #8
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I was wondering this as well... I bought mine with 18 miles. They dealer said all their cars had it so I had nothing to compare it to. The reason why I wonder is that for a "short throw shifter" it seems tall! Compared to both my Audi short throws its huge! What is the stock one like! My buddy also said the knob was different on the SS. I will check the color of the shifter under the boot once I get home but I really do wonder why it's so tall!
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Old 11-13-2011, 09:43 PM   #9
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The height and shifter nob color are unchanged with the STI short throw. Check under the shift boot.

Does it feel like you're shifting a semi truck? Chances are you have the short throw. It would otherwise feel like you're shifting a tractor. The throws are so damn long either way! I'm happy mine came with the STI shifter as it will hold me over for now. Trust me, you would know if you didn't have it. The throws are long and sloppy as hell...kinda like when I'm with your mom.
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Old 11-14-2011, 12:56 AM   #10
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I bought my 2011 under similar circumstances.....the guy only had it for 9,000 then traded it in.

Anyway, I ended up randomly meeting the previous owner a few weeks later when he saw my car parked. He said he had some new carpeted mats that he never used (it had rubber mats) and a few other things in his garage and we made arrangements to meet up the following week so I could pick the stuff up. He brought me the mats, a notebook with every fill up logged and a box with the original shifter. He told me he had the dealership install a short throw shifter about a month before he traded it in. The original shifter was something he didn't think I would really want, but he brought it anyway as it was just boxed up in the garage. I didn't mention at the time that I had just ordered a KB shifter and bushing literally 2 days earlier, I just figured I would compare the both and either return the KB or sell the SPT shifter. I never really thought that the shifter felt that great, so I was surprised when he said he had gotten an SPT shifter installed.

Fast forward a few days later to the install of my KB.......when I took everything apart I
compared the "SPT" shifter handle to the stock shifter/linkage that was in the box. EXACTLY the same!!

When the guy traded it back to the Subaru dealer, they pulled out the SPT shifter that probably only had a couple thousand miles on it and put a stock one back in. I would have never thought that they would go to the trouble of doing that, but they did.

I wouldn't trust a dealer not to go to every extreme to make more money. Not sure how you could compare....maybe go sit in a new one with a stock set up and feel the shifter?

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:03 AM   #11
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I bought my 2011 under similar circumstances.....the guy only had it for 9,000 then traded it in.

Anyway, I ended up randomly meeting the previous owner a few weeks later when he saw my car parked. He said he had some new carpeted mats that he never used (it had rubber mats) and a few other things in his garage and we made arrangements to meet up the following week so I could pick the stuff up. He brought me the mats, a notebook with every fill up logged and a box with the original shifter. He told me he had the dealership install a short throw shifter about a month before he traded it in. The original shifter was something he didn't think I would really want, but he brought it anyway as it was just boxed up in the garage. I didn't mention at the time that I had just ordered a KB shifter and bushing literally 2 days earlier, I just figured I would compare the both and either return the KB or sell the SPT shifter. I never really thought that the shifter felt that great, so I was surprised when he said he had gotten an SPT shifter installed.

Fast forward a few days later to the install of my KB.......when I took everything apart I
compared the "SPT" shifter handle to the stock shifter/linkage that was in the box. EXACTLY the same!!

When the guy traded it back to the Subaru dealer, they pulled out the SPT shifter that probably only had a couple thousand miles on it and put a stock one back in. I would have never thought that they would go to the trouble of doing that, but they did.

I wouldn't trust a dealer not to go to every extreme to make more money. Not sure how you could compare....maybe go sit in a new one with a stock set up and feel the shifter?
Wow, thanks for sharing jp1... That is pretty much the exact scenario that I was considering in the back of my head. Looks like I'll try to check under the boot, or I'll check some of the shifters at the dealership the next time I'm over there.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:35 AM   #12
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In my '09 WRX I had, the shifter felt like I was rowing through a sea of gummi bears. I traded it in on my '11 STi with the SPT short throw, huge difference. Its not notchy, but it also doesn't feel like a rubber band either.

As one previously mentioned, I'd just go to the dealer and feel another 5speed there.

I hope they didn't sheist you as one experienced above.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:25 AM   #13
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I tried! Every WRX they had on the lot had it.. haha
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:34 PM   #14
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It's not hard, just pull down on the shift boot. It will pop back into place after the inspection. The STi short throw will be cad plated ( gold in color).
Well... I pulled my boot down and it's silver... So are there sti short throws that are silver or did I really get duped. It just seemed really strange that every car on the lot "has" this option. I'm only wondering because I'll go raise hell at the dealer and use that money to buy an aftermarket ssk....

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:24 PM   #15
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Look up 08+ 5speed comparison(stock vs spt vs kartboy it has pics and will help uou
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:05 AM   #16
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The SPT short throw shifters are shortened in the linkage, not in the lever.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:24 AM   #17
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There is sooo much bad info in this thread!

On the 08+ WRX the difference between the short shifter and the stock one is the LEVER. The linkages are identical. Is is NOT gold. It looks exactly the same besides a couple small geometry differences. See here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2434535

Stock vs. SPT vs. Kartboy



The easiest way to confirm is to unscrew the shift knob and pull down the shift boot. Measure the distance from the top of the shift lever, down to where it goes into the wider section. Stock is just over 4" and SPT is a little over 3.5".

Stock:



SPT:

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I stand corrected. Thanks Ben!
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #19
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You probably have the OEM short shifter. No one would ever think of taking it off because its a PITA. OEM short shifter isnt just the shifter itself but the linkage and everything else. Anyways, you should just get a KB SS and Front/rear bushings. Feels badass.
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Ben going above and beyond as usual
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