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Old 09-25-2000, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question Anyone compare Kartboy vs. Cobb short throw shifter

Has anyone had the chance to compare the performance of the Kartboy vs. Cobb short throw shifters back-to-back? Any difference in performance? I've noticed that both are about the same price, but they look quite different. I'd like to hear from the Cobb owners since there seems to be fewer posts on it.

BTW, I did a search in both the technical and general forums, but couldn't find much comparing the two.




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Old 09-25-2000, 10:25 PM   #2
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I have nothng bad to say about his shifter.
I do however have my shifter combo for sale for 125.00 shipped (shifter and bushing)
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Old 09-25-2000, 10:37 PM   #3
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I have a Kartboy shifter and just want to comment here, trying not to be baised or anything. The Kartboy shifter utilizes the stock urethane bushings and bolts while the Cobb Tuning shifter comes with roller bearings to replace the bushings and new bolts. Theoretically the Cobb Tuning shifter would give a smoother shift while still being notchy, the Kartboy has a little resistence and may be slightly less notchy because of the stock bushings (I like the resistence personally, but I'm a big guy so I can jam it in gears pretty easily).

IMHO, neither shifter is short enough anyway. I will end up making my own eventually, or possibly modifying my Kartboy shifter (which will be a PITA since there is a taper just below the threads I will need to lower, possibly by throwing it in the lathe at work). Don't take my opinion on that though, I personally want the shifter to be like a switch, click-click-click-click-click.
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Old 09-25-2000, 11:00 PM   #4
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i just installed the cobb tuning shifter tonight. very nice piece of hardware, very easy to install. i like the feel, but i agree i'd like an even shorter shifter. the cobb tuning unit is a straight rod, so it would be pretty easily cut down.
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Old 09-26-2000, 05:34 AM   #5
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I have the Cobb shifter and I like it, but I have not had the chance to try out the Kartboy one yet.

I agree with the above poster as well, I would really like a shifter that engaged with the feel of a rifle bolt. But I don't have the tech know-how to make one myself. I would be happy with about an inch and a half max movement. But I don't know if that can be done.

 
Old 09-26-2000, 08:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies, folks. I didn't realize that the Cobb shifter came with separate bearings.

How would the shape of each change the "feel" of the shift? The Cobb shifter looks almost straight compared to the Kartboy.

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The difference in the two is that the shift knob is in about the same place, just that the Cobb Tuning one should be tilted slightly more back, I think. Should be barely noticable unless you really look at it though.
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