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Old 05-19-2001, 11:03 AM   #1
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Question Short throw shifter or Underdrive pulley? Opinions needed!

I'd like to purchase one or the other relatively soon although I have not been able to make up my mind which I will get. Any opinions or insight would be helpful. Thanks-

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Old 05-19-2001, 11:59 AM   #2
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I have heard that you really should only install the underdrive if you have done other mods and changed gearing ratios, that way all the accessory drives stay at the same rpms as per stock, if you run underdrives you slow down the pumps etc and could have issues with that...just what I have heard/read, no personal experience, just passing along, and I am Still! waiting for my Subie short-throw kit to arrive at my dealer, so I have Nil for news on that.
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Old 05-19-2001, 01:03 PM   #3
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GO Kartboy, you won't be disappointed. Best shifter in the business.

The pulley are a good upgrade too, a nice difference in of the line response.

I'd go for the shifter and bushings first, the feel is fantastic.
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Old 05-19-2001, 01:41 PM   #4
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I didn't notice too much at all with the pulley. I would definitly go with the shifter.
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Old 05-20-2001, 12:09 AM   #5
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SHIFTER!

I've got the Kartboy W/ Bushings and it's still one of my favorite mods.
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Old 05-20-2001, 12:47 AM   #6
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I've heard that the Kartboy lowers the shiftknob position. With the armrest extension, it creates an akward angle. How much of a difference is there in height?

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Old 05-20-2001, 09:40 AM   #7
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No real problems with the pulley, but the shifter is a better smile per dollar by far. You already have a new rear sway bar right?
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Old 05-20-2001, 04:45 PM   #8
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You live in Florida like I do so you know how hot it can be idling in traffic. My husband ordered a pulley for my last OBS but we sent it back after hearing some reports from those living in hot climates that your A/C is compromised at idle.

Go with the shifter, the car can probably use a better one, and you use that constantly!
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Old 05-20-2001, 06:29 PM   #9
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Definitely go with the Kartboy.
I personally feel it's in a great position and the shifts are now much easier and quicker.

I was just at the track this weekend and was absolutely amazed how quickly I could shift and get my right hand back on the wheel.

This is truly a great mod.

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Old 05-21-2001, 12:36 AM   #10
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Yup, I already have a 20mm rear bar. Suspension or exhaust will be the next decision; for now I will go with the short shifter. I'm not sure which one though. I do know one thing-I would like to get rid of my armrest extension and just have the smaller stock cover/armrest.

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Old 05-21-2001, 12:43 AM   #11
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Everyone freaks out that i lower the shift lever by about one half inch
hell if you install a ball style shift knob you lower it over a inch .
the major change in the shifter is the fulcrum point. that is what makes the shifter do its job.
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Old 05-21-2001, 12:56 AM   #12
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No freak out here-I actually have been trying to find out the real height difference. I had a ball type shifter and did not like the position mainly because of the armrest extension. Kartboy: do you now have the shifters and bushings in stock? I'm going to nix the arm rest extension so there will not be a problem. Thanks-

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