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Old 03-15-2004, 01:05 AM   #1
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Talking STi short shifter & Kartboy bushing install/review

The install was a pretty straight forward. Not to say that it was easy but nothing overly complicated. The tools required for this install are just the usual suspects.

box/open wrench in 12 mm and 14 mm
3/8Ē sockets in 10 mm, 12 mm and 14 mm both deep and regular with extensions
3/8Ē 12 mm and 14 mm crowís feet
1/2Ē socket in 14 mm and 17 mm deep well with extension
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1. Put car up on jack stands. Two might be sufficient but four is the way to go. Go as high as your jack/stand allows.
2. Spray some penetrating oil on the nut and bolts at the front of the second cat.
3. Remove center console box. Open armrest. Put e-brake handle up in the middle position. Grab console cover (the one with the hand brake) and pull up. Be firm but not terminator firm. It should pull straight up. Unplug DCCD controls and side mirror adjust controls (3 plugs in all). Remove shifter knob and unsnap shifter skirt at the top of the skirt. Pull up on that portion of the console. Remove plate assembly by removing four 10 mm bolts. Break rubber seal between shifter and body.
4. Remove second cat. Unplug 0xygen sensor. Remove the two plastic tabs that hold the wire to the chassis. The one near the cat is just a push tab (like the ones that hold the door cards on). Use a regular screwdriver and push straight up on it. The second one is on the rear transmission cross member. It is almost invisible. Use a small screwdriver and push the ďearsĒ back and push it up through the hole. PITA. Remove nut from stud and nut and bolt at the front of the cat (14 mm). Remove spring-loaded nut/bolt at the rear (14 mm bolt, 12 mm nut). Remove the nut on the bracket at the center of the cat (14 mm).
5. Remove the rear transmission cross member (six 14 mm bolt). This may require a breaker bar. Remove the front transmission cross member. The service manual recommends that you support with a transmission jack. Wood or whatever will do. I didnít use anything.
6. Disconnect the reverse check cable. Itís just a snap pin. Thereís also a washer there that will want to fall off as the cable is slid off the pin.
7. Remove the stay bolt by loosening it until itís out of the nut (12 mm wrench). Donít worry about the nut. Itís captive. You donít have to slide the bolt all the way out. It wonít slide out the body is in the way. You just have to slide it out far enough to clear the hole on the nut side. The bolt side is slotted. At the point you get past the hole you can pull down on the rod and it will come down.
8. Remove the joint COMPL bolt (two 12 mm wrench). The nut on this one is not captive. For this one you have to have help, be as strong as Arnold S. or use the OEM jack. On the driverís side place the foot of the jack against the unibody structural member with a thin piece of plywood between the jack and the member. Crank the jack until the head is up against the transmission bracket. Use a piece of wood here also if you like. I didnít. The jack should be parallel to the ground and pointed slightly up (three degrees) at this point. Crank the jack just far enough to get the bolt out. After removing the bolt remove the jack.
9. Remove the cushion rubber from the body (12 mm socket on a long extension). This is the rear most part of the shifter.
10. You should be able to pull the shifter through the top now.
11. The Kartboy bushings can only go in one place. I sure hope you can figure out where. The metal sleeve they supply is too long. At least mine was too long by about a hair over a 1/16 th. File this sucker until itís the same length as the OEM sleeve. Grease the bushings and the metal sleeve inside and out. Install it in the new shifter.
12. I wrapped a cloth around the top of the shifter so I donít beat it up and beat up the interior of the car while I installed it.
13. Reverse the process. Donít tighten the nut that holds the cushion rubber all the way yet. But definitely catch more than a couple of threads. Put the jack back and put the joint COMPL bolt in and put the nut on it. Remove the jack. Put the stay bolt back loosely and put the reverse check cable and snap pin back. Tighten it all up. Use factory torque specs. This is where the crowís feet come in handy for the joint COMPL bolt and the stay bolt. Put the cross member back. Again, use factory torque specs. Reinstall the cat and make sure you snap those wire holds back in place and donít forget to plug the Oxygen sensor back in. Put the plate assembly. Guess what, use factory torque specs. Put the console back. Lower the car and go for a drive.

That was the install and it took me about 3 hours start to finish. YMMV. Iím just a shade tree so use my instructions at your own risk.

And now for the review. Well was it worth the $325 + $35. Hell yes. Again Iím very upset that my STi did not come from the factory this way. Hardened bushings like the Kartboy bushing from the factory might be over done but definitely the shifter. Iím in no way saying donít do the Kartboy. The combo is awesome. The shifter just clicks into place. It moves from gear to gear as if it were on tracks. Yes the throw could be a little shorter but itís a major improvement over the OEM. This is another must do for everyone that has a 6MT. It just makes it that much more fun to drive. There will be a big grin on your face the first time you row through the gears. A HUNDRED BIG FAT MONKEY FLIPING THE BIRD to SOA for ripping us all off on this one.
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:58 PM   #2
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Cool, thanks for the write up! Kartboy is cool.
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Old 03-16-2004, 03:43 PM   #3
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StiDreams,

Thank you very much for the write up

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Old 03-16-2004, 04:51 PM   #4
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Always glad to contribute to a community that I has been of great service.
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Old 03-16-2004, 06:55 PM   #5
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Quick question, what is a crowís feet?

Thanks ahead

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Old 03-16-2004, 07:25 PM   #6
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Quick question, what is a crowís feet?

Thanks ahead

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Old 03-16-2004, 07:29 PM   #7
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thanks Tom

That was my guess in my head

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Old 03-17-2004, 12:01 PM   #8
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been looking forward to a write-up like this .

nicely done.

much noise or vibration ?
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:26 AM   #9
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I am not sure if the STi has hardened tranny mounts already but would this be a good time to install new tranny mounts also?
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:42 AM   #10
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I am not sure if the STi has hardened tranny mounts already but would this be a good time to install new tranny mounts also?
I dont know if it does either... I dont belive so. Ask someone like www.rallispec.com or www.spdusa.com they might know. I wouldnt think so as no other STi has had the harder STi group N mounts.


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Old 04-03-2004, 06:53 PM   #11
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Just finished up the install. Tommy likey

I didn't use the kart boy bushings. The engaugement is nice and firm, there is less slop and less hesitancy when shifting out of gears under load.

The Directions above were very helpful however I didn't remove the cat. Thanks STiDreams good info.
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Old 04-03-2004, 07:42 PM   #12
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Just finished up the install. Tommy likey

I didn't use the kart boy bushings. The engaugement is nice and firm, there is less slop and less hesitancy when shifting out of gears under load.

The Directions above were very helpful however I didn't remove the cat. Thanks STiDreams good info.
shoulda put a set of bushings in there

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Old 06-04-2004, 04:18 PM   #13
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Guess what, use factory torque specs.
could someone share with us these torque specs??

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Old 06-04-2004, 04:41 PM   #14
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shoulda put a set of bushings in there

Tom
Yup. Tom's spot on here. I had the SS both with and w/o the Kartboy bushing and if I were to do it all over again would've had their bushing installed at the same time. I think (just my .02) that it makes such a significant difference it's worth doing even WITHOUT the short throw.

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Old 06-04-2004, 05:33 PM   #15
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Hey I got a Picture How-to That ill post tonight!
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Old 06-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #16
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that'd be great! i'm doing this install tomorrow morning
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Old 06-04-2004, 11:46 PM   #17
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Old 06-20-2004, 01:05 PM   #18
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Hey, is it worth putting in just the bushings and some good gear oil to improve shifting (notchiness, amoothness, etc.)

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Old 06-20-2004, 04:20 PM   #19
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Hey, is it worth putting in just the bushings and some good gear oil to improve shifting (notchiness, amoothness, etc.)
Yes.

see this link:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...y&pagenumber=1
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Old 06-20-2004, 11:41 PM   #20
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^^ dude, that is one amazing thread! Thanks so much, It answered ALL my questions. I'm ordering my bushings tomorrow and motul tranny oil. Nanna for you
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