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Old 07-20-2004, 02:14 PM   #1
harmonevan
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Impreza WRX STi 2005 STi Kartboy Short Throw Installed

This weekend I installed my kartboy short throw + bushings.
This is just some additional notes on MY05 changes - subscribe/support to scoobymods for the full install instructions!

here are pics from the install:

My STi Page

1. The console is now all one piece on MY05, and has two more screws at the top. 04 was two pieces with only screws towards the 'back' of the console.

2. Before the console is removed, you have to remove the 'silver' clutch area, THEN you can get to the screws on the top of the one-piece console to remove it.

3. On my stock bushing - the bolt was stuck in the bearing, the threads would *not* fit through it. Spent like 15 min. hammering it out.

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Very different feel than stock. I *love* the new feel of the clutch, smooth, shorter throws. To use one phrase: solid precise shifting

If any info is wrong, or if you have anything to add feel free - i wonder if i'm the only one who had trouble with their stock bushing and bolt.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:41 PM   #2
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Funny - I did mine this weekend as well.

I had an '02 WRX with a KB SS + bushing, and it was awesome. The STi version is just as good, but takes 10x longer to install. Not hard, just time consuming.

One tip that I picked up from www.imprezawrxsti.com ... (no pun intended)

Use the naked end of a Q-tip to align the the reverse lock out cable within the handle. Then knock the roll-pin in from the other side. Saves a great deal of pain.

One note on the ScoobyMods description... The installer owned a car that had a turboback exhaust, without the cat. If you have a cat, there is not nearly so much room as in the pictures on the website.
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Old 07-20-2004, 08:51 PM   #3
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One tip that I picked up from www.imprezawrxsti.com ... (no pun intended)

Use the naked end of a Q-tip to align the the reverse lock out cable within the handle. Then knock the roll-pin in from the other side. Saves a great deal of pain.
Is there anything a Q-Tip cant do?



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Old 07-21-2004, 03:34 PM   #4
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Very different feel than stock. I *love* the new feel of the clutch, smooth, shorter throws. To use one phrase: solid precise shifting
I though that the STi came with a short throw shifter. It seems like that KB SS and the STi SS cant be that much different?

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Old 07-21-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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were about 40% shorter than the stock STi shifter and 30% more than the "shorter" STi shifter. that one is only 10%

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Old 07-22-2004, 10:05 AM   #6
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though that the STi came with a short throw shifter. It seems like that KB SS and the STi SS cant be that much different?
I have had both (all three if you include the stocker) and the Kart-Boy is by far the best.
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Old 07-22-2004, 03:17 PM   #7
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The shifter+ bushings are amazing. They totally redefine the shift characteristics of the car. The best that I can describe it is that the shift stroke is smooth and it presses into gear with a nice "click". Its amazing how much the shifter shortens the travel as well. I think it makes it feel more like a sports car should. The way shifting feels in my car right now, will be what I compare every manual car that I drive to.

Kartboy SS + Bushings = A++ (I can easily see this as being my favorite modification)

On a side note, I also had Whiteline Steering bushings installed, and while I can't put into words what they do, I can tell you that the difference is very noticeable and very good.

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Old 07-22-2004, 06:32 PM   #8
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The shifter+ bushings are amazing. They totally redefine the shift characteristics of the car. The best that I can describe it is that the shift stroke is smooth and it presses into gear with a nice "click". Its amazing how much the shifter shortens the travel as well. I think it makes it feel more like a sports car should. The way shifting feels in my car right now, will be what I compare every manual car that I drive to.

Kartboy SS + Bushings = A++ (I can easily see this as being my favorite modification)


-George
your making me want to go out and buy a STi
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Old 07-22-2004, 09:14 PM   #9
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each day I am more and more happy with the kartboy st shifter. I honestly think the STi should have come with a shifter of this quality.

I'm going to look into the whiteline steering bushings.

also for the install and lock out cable - i used a toothpick which i found was *not* a good idea. It broke and i had to get the pieces out - instead i used a small jewelers screwdriver which was probably smaller than a 3/32 punch.

I'm not sure i tightened the shifter bolt enough though - on the highway down into the city i was noticing some rattling when shifting between 5th/6th gear at about 70mph.

also as my engine is finishing its break in (1.4k miles now) - i'm noticing in 4th gear at around 4500 rpm i'm getting a lot of a low frequency resonating hum sound. I'm also sure this isn't the spoiler as that hits/passes its weird hum at 105.

any ideas/advice?
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:23 AM   #10
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your making me want to go out and buy a STi
Serves you right for getting that other car
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