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Old 06-25-2001, 03:32 PM   #1
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Default STI Short Throw Shifter AND a/or a Kart Boy?

I'm sorry if this has been discussed before I tried searching but ended up with no more information than I already had ...anyway, I was wondering if anyone out there has tried both the STI shifter and/or a Kartboy (or any other shorter) shift arm and has any opinions on which one works/feels better. Also, I'm looking to see if anyone has used the STI box, and someone elses shift arm (STI box and a Kartboy arm)?

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Old 06-25-2001, 03:43 PM   #2
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Jeffg has that setup .. i have driven it .. the throws feel very simmilar but ... the entire pattern is further back than my kartboy

closer to the driver .. yeah thats it

a keep the STI .. get kartboy bushings...
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Old 06-25-2001, 03:56 PM   #3
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Cool, thanks, that sounds like a good plan!
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Old 06-25-2001, 05:03 PM   #4
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Hey Xen, I use a imprezars.com or cobbtunning.com shifter (they are the same). In junction with a hardened Cusco bushing and tranny mount. It works better than the Sti and cost less. It also keeps the same height as the stock shifter but the throws from front to back are shorter. The down side is the slight modification u have to do so the bar doesn't rub under the boot. U can use washers to raise the metal base plate. Also the needle ball bearings do rattle when your car hits 4500rpms, but I consider it as a rpm bell warning :-) If you dont like this sound use heavy bearing grease to quiet the sound. The Kart boy I tried was cool but the height was shorter by an inch and 0.5 inchs futher away from you. You would have to shift like the guy on BMWfilms.com in the film clip called the "STAR" with Madonna. My bud with the Kart boy shifter said mine was smoother. I do love dat shifter.

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Old 06-26-2001, 12:22 AM   #5
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Old 06-26-2001, 01:37 PM   #6
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Thanks Peaty, great link. Looks like I'm going Kartboy! Now to find away to change the bushings without having to jack up the car or anything...
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Old 06-26-2001, 04:41 PM   #7
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http://www.scoobymods.com/mods/impreza/cusco.php

I don't think it's possible w/o some ramps to drive up on. Maybe you can put half the car on the curb or something like that. Get some Rino Ramps they are cheap and work well. The KB bushings install the same as Cusco. In fact they are basically the same but the KB's are less expensive.
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Old 06-27-2001, 09:56 AM   #8
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I would look into that new Rev-Lab shifter. It's basically the same design as the Kartboy, but with an aluminum shaft and titanium ball. And it's about the same price!!

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Old 06-27-2001, 05:43 PM   #9
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I don't think it's possible w/o some ramps to drive up on. Maybe you can put half the car on the curb or something like that.
That's how I did it. Driver's side up on the curb (a relatively high curb). Ahhh, urban living (no garage, no driveway, neighbors lookin' at you funny as they walk their dogs).

Anyway, it worked!

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Old 06-27-2001, 05:47 PM   #10
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Sounds like a plan to me! Now I just have to wait until my gear arrives!
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Old 06-27-2001, 05:57 PM   #11
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Default Keep the STI lever if you already have the complete setup!

The Kartboy shifters are highly regarded and the guys are great, but there is really no reason to change out the shifter on the complete STI setup. There won't be much of a difference, but it certainly won't hurt anything if you really want to do it. The STI shifter is slightly taller than a Kartboy...

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Old 06-27-2001, 06:00 PM   #12
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I'm just going to go with the Kartboy lever and bushings with the stock box.
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Old 06-28-2001, 09:54 AM   #13
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So is there any benefit to the shifter being straight or angled for that matter? I have been wrestling with this matter myself. Personally I want a shifter that IS shorter so I can have that "cut down" feel. Which is the best for this?
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Old 06-28-2001, 10:25 AM   #14
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Kartboy has a short throw and short lever height too (note the new KB shifters have the ball on the end made out of spun metal)

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