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Old 11-12-2002, 08:12 PM   #1
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Thumbs up ILP Peformance Short Shifter

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Needs: I wanted a cheap short shifter that was stock height. I have the Subaru OE armrest extender, and for the setup, the shifter was perfect height so I'm not bumping my elbow into the armrest.

The Kartboy, while highly reccomended was a good deal shorter than the OE shifter, so that was a no go.

The STi short shifter, while stock height, is like twice the price of other short shifters, so that was a no go.

The Cobb Tuning adjustable one would be probably the best bet for many, but it is slightly more expensive than the ILP or Kartboy.



The ILP has (close to) stock shifter height [Note: ILP told me it was stock shifter height, but from the pics it would seem that the stock is slightly higher, but I haven't been able to notice and it works great], and although not as many people talk about it, I find it to be a very competent short shifter. It is a 304 Stainless CNC machined with TIG welding. Also, there are Delrin bushings already in the shifter (Note: NOT linkage bushings, like the Kartboy), so you don't have to pop out the stock ones, just the little metal tube that sits in them.

The install was pretty straightforward, the same as any short shifter install, and yeah, it was a major PITA to hammer the shifter into the little pivot thing. Wow that stunk. Make sure the outside of the elbow points to the front of the car, the inside to the back of the car.

The shifter that they sent me seemingly had a slight manufacturing defect, as you will see from the pictures. The bottom part had a 5-6 degree deflection from straight. I gave ILP a call and they said that they'd gladly ship me a new one, but I decided that I'd give it a shot to see if it worked ok first, since I wanted to play with my new toy so quickly. In a nutshell: So far, so good!



For potential customers -- I would not worry about that at all. ILP offered to send me a new one, and they were extremely courteous. Also, they helped me with the install on the phone and answered all of my e-mail questions quickly and politely, excellent customer service.

For those looking for a short throw shifter at very close to stock height, as a very good price, I would highly reccomend the ILP Performance short shifter. I paid $90 ($100 is the usual deal though) for the short shifter, $20 for linkage bushings (from Delrin, have not arrived yet b/c they were on backorder) and $7 for the shipping and handling. All in all, not a bad deal at all.

Edit: added the thumbs up. *grin*
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Old 11-13-2002, 09:51 PM   #2
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Thanks for the review. we are still waiting on the CNC lathe to open up to get the bushings done. and with our new shop Grand opening this saturday we are to say the least hectic. tomorow I will put a bug in the CNC operators ear to try and sneak them in earlier.

Thanks once again and if there is anything we can help you with feel free to call 610-614-0903

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Old 11-14-2002, 01:50 PM   #3
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Good stuff! This is the shifter I'm thinking about going with as well. How much shorter are the throws?

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Old 11-15-2002, 08:32 AM   #4
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if i remember correctly, ilp told me it was 45% shorter (in comparision the sti is 20%). ill be picking one up soon.
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Old 12-21-2002, 12:13 PM   #5
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I just got their short throw and it is SWEET I love it......... Its nice and tight and short


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Old 01-02-2003, 03:19 PM   #6
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I also have it! A+++ quality! I highly recomend this shifter!

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Old 01-19-2003, 11:14 AM   #7
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I got my ILP Short Shifter a while back and love it. It took a while (personally) to get used to it, but now it is rewarding. The throw is greatly reduced and gives the shift a sportier feel. Great job, ILP.



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Old 01-24-2003, 12:51 AM   #8
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Slack, you must not ba all bad if you have an ae86 :-) but seriously we have the bushings in stock now and the reviews have been rave so far. it elminates the whole, "getting used to it" thing and just makes it a shorter version of stock. or as one customer said. "you can actually feel the gates"

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Old 01-24-2003, 10:39 AM   #9
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Not to get too far off topic, but 3sgte + AE86 =

Could you email me (slack@wi.rr.com) the details and maybe some pics of your project car? I'd like to get some idea about the costs and labor that would be involved.


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Old 01-31-2003, 11:16 AM   #10
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Thumbs up Great Shifter!

Yeah, gotta give props to Faraz for the helping me out at 02 SEMA Show!

This S/S Rawks!

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Old 02-25-2006, 12:58 PM   #11
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I just got around to installing my ILP short shifter. I got the one for the MY97 - 01 because I have the STI short shifter linkage on MY04 WRX. The build quality seems good, stainless steel with delrin ball. It comes with a bushing so all you need to do is use the old collar. As everyone has said it was a pain to pop it back in. First I tried the rubber mallet, then I tried to attach it to the linkage and whack it, then I tried to pull it back hoping it would pop in. Finally I just got a wooden block and a small sledge hammer and with the shifter attached to the linkage backwards, one whack was all it took . The whole install to less than 30 minutes and I did not need to trim the metal plate. I didn't notice a big difference in the amount of throw but I noticed that the height is higher than the STI SS. I think this is probably the same height as stock but I had the STI SS installed when I got the car so I'm not sure. I also have the MOMO shift knob. I think I like having the shifter closer to the steering wheel, I also have the extended arm rest so that puts my arm at the perfect height for this shifter. All in all I am pleased with this purchase.
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Old 02-25-2006, 01:17 PM   #12
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are you kidding? ILP was one of the bad ones, right up there with jc sports, vivid, tri tuning, they scammed lied and took peoples money, hence why they are no longer in business.

you are lucky your shifter fit.
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Wow, I didn't know that. I bought this from someone in the classifieds. I guess I was lucky.
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I have not heard of any issues with the ILP shifters. I have used them myself.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:44 PM   #15
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are you kidding? ILP was one of the bad ones, right up there with jc sports, vivid, tri tuning, they scammed lied and took peoples money, hence why they are no longer in business.

you are lucky your shifter fit.
Munkis is mistaken, Rocky(ILP) never scammed, lied, or took anyone's money and this was a good quality product. The people who ACTUALLY own the shifter love them.
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big red X's for pics

can someone fix those

thanks tom just noticed that

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you guys realize those posts are almost 3 years old?
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you guys realize those posts are almost 3 years old?
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