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Old 07-20-2003, 07:37 PM   #1
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Cool STI Shifter Solution?

I need some advice on the STI's 6 speed shifter and my inability to find a couple of gears. Drove to the coast and back today to get more break-in miles. Felt like I was stirring chili in a garbage can trying to get the gears at times.

My question is, would any of the aftermarket short-throw shifters give me any additional precision with the gear box hunt? I see that allot of stuff that fits the WRX doesn't fit the STI, so thought i'd post in this forum and see if anyone knows, or has done this mod.

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Old 07-20-2003, 10:02 PM   #2
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It takes a little while to get used to, particularly 5th and 6th.
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:24 PM   #3
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How about trying shifter bushings, I found they took some of the vagueness out of shifting. KB makes a good set.
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Old 07-20-2003, 10:56 PM   #4
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...would any of the aftermarket short-throw shifters give me any additional precision...
If you can't get the gears right with the stock setup a short shifter will only makes thing worse.

Try the stiffer bushings mod, see if it helps.
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:06 PM   #5
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I have no personal opinion on a good brand; but I do see Kartboy thrown around a lot on these boards as a very good replacement of shifter or bushings for the STi.

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Old 07-20-2003, 11:10 PM   #6
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I find that a slight side pressure will always single out 5th and 6th
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:51 PM   #7
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i dont get it...i havent had a hard time finding any gear on this car. i went from driving a miata (arguably one of the best shifters on the planet, IMHO) to the STi shifter, and have had no complaints. if there was no reverse ring, that would be a different story.

want to go into 1st or 2nd? push left
want to go into 3rd or 4th? take your hand off the shifter for a split second while in neutral to let it "center" and then push up or down respectively.
want to go into 5th or 6th? just push right.

i think the shifter has a very positive feel. works for me
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Old 07-20-2003, 11:58 PM   #8
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It's funny because I had a 00 Miata SE with a six speed and never had a problem. I realize that this is a new, unfamiliar car, but I was feeling like a drivers ed. student today.

I did contact Kartboy (Tom) and he said that the shifter won't fit the 04 STI, but they are working on that and should have a fix in soon. He also suggested adding the stiffer bushings which should help allot.

I appreciate the feedback. Love the car - just want it to be as perfect as possible (and not miss shifts with the wife watching).
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Old 07-21-2003, 01:01 AM   #9
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and not miss shifts with the wife watching).
thats your problem

ditch the wife for a few hours and try to get acquainted w/ the car
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Old 07-21-2003, 02:50 AM   #10
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When there is avaible shorter stick solution for the STi, I'm buying it. The actual throw is fairly short compared to most cars, but not as short as the Kartboy i had in my WRX and the stick is simply too tall. I want it about 1-2 inches shorter.
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Old 07-21-2003, 03:46 AM   #11
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I thought there were issues with short shifters and the reverse lockout? I can appreciate a shorter shifter, but i'm not familiar with where the mechanism actually is for the lockout........and whether it would be possible to make the shifter shorter while retaining the lockout?
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Old 07-21-2003, 06:46 AM   #12
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I went from an S2000 for the last 3 yrs to the STI. I thought the S2000's shifting was smother and shorter throw, but the STI's is still better than most other's I've driven. It's very positive. I do think it helps having the center arm rest and the seat height adjustments. I played with the seat position for a day before shifting seemed very comfortable.

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Old 07-21-2003, 01:52 PM   #13
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the problem is downshifting quickly from 5th to 4th.

I think KartBoy should take the lead and fabricate a short-stick for the STi, the reverse-ring will make things harder, basically becase even though they can easily make the short stick then they would have to figure out how to make the reverse string shorter to compensate for the reduced lenght of the stick. I don't think we can just cut the string!
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Old 07-21-2003, 06:20 PM   #14
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Quote:
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i dont get it...

want to go into 1st or 2nd? push left
want to go into 3rd or 4th? take your hand off the shifter for a split second while in neutral to let it "center" and then push up or down respectively.
want to go into 5th or 6th? just push right.
That's how I shift, although i dont' really let go of the shifter. But I definitely let it "seek" the center for 3rd and 4th. I have the feeling that a lot of people out there that consciously search for the gears instead of letting the shifter auto-center... I only realized this after two friends I was teaching in my Accord misshifted... one went to 1st instead of 3rd at about 35mph and one went to 5th instead of 3rd at about 20mph... in both cases my poor Accord made noises I never want to hear again...
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Old 07-21-2003, 10:26 PM   #15
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I went from an S2000 for the last 3 yrs to the STI. I thought the S2000's shifting was smother and shorter throw, but the STI's is still better than most other's I've driven. It's very positive. I do think it helps having the center arm rest and the seat height adjustments. I played with the seat position for a day before shifting seemed very comfortable.

Regards....Dan
Did you take delivery from the Plymouth Rd store? Did they treat you right?

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Old 07-21-2003, 11:02 PM   #16
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I would think after a while you would be so use to it, you wouldn't even have to think about it.

On my current car I have driven 120,000 miles on for 7 years I can find everygear with no problems. It is so natural for me now. I even shift with my left hand if I have to.
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Old 07-22-2003, 06:10 AM   #17
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BlueSTI4Me,

No...not the Plymouth rd...mine was from Suburban Imports in Troy. So far they've treated me well with one exception. My car came in 3 pm on a Friday afternoon, and they said they couldn't complete the dealer prep by their 6 pm closing. I had to wait until Monday. That was a long weekend.

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