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Old 11-20-2004, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default local shops stock shifter bushings for WRX?

I recently acquired an STi shortshift linkage assembly. I've been debating whether or not to install this piece. Looking at comparisons, the height is the same as the WRX OEM unit, but the shift rod looks stronger (it's gold coloured, it must be strong!). From testimonials, throw angle is reduced by 30% due to the geometry of the rod and the bushings on this thing are slightly harder. The rest is supposed to be the same as stock.

Ideally, I'd like a shorter rod as well as a shorter throw, but I feel silly replacing the rod on this thing, since it's one of the only parts that is different from the stock unit in my car. So, I'm instead opting for a shorter shift knob (something small and spherical, probably a momo that I have in mind). If I want a boot, I'd also have to get a momo boot, since the stock boot won't clamp back onto the aftermarket momo knob.

Any opinions on this?

And after that long preface ...

What I'm leaning towards now is installing the STi unit and getting the momo knob and boot, but I also want harder bushings. Can I find those locally?
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Old 11-20-2004, 06:56 AM   #2
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kartboy bushing.. if you want shorter throw but want the sti linkage.. you can get the gc8 kb lever because the sti and wrx lever will not fit. don't be fooled by the gold color, i really like the kartboy shift lever. btw angle is reduce by 15% for sti where as kbss reduce 40%.
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:25 PM   #3
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IMO

Shorter shift stick doesnt mean shorter throw at all.. in fact it actually makes me feel like I have to reach further for upward (3rd & 5th) gears and when the shiftstick is shorter I feel less leverage in shifting so i have to physically shift harder..
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Old 11-20-2004, 03:28 PM   #4
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I also have the Sti linkage and I mated it first with a shorter OMP round knob (like the ones TMR likes to juggle), but then decided to go back to stock since the rest of my interior is stock...I then put a shorter TWM lever on because it was free. I like it the way it is now, short, precice bt not as notchy as the Kartboy.
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Old 11-21-2004, 06:44 AM   #5
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I've thought a bit about it and just to ensure that my glass tranny stays under warranty I'm going to stick with the STi piece - no kartboy, no bushings.

I guess that trying to get the WRX to shift like the silky smooth S2000 was just a pipe dream!
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:48 PM   #6
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Well, you have to keep in mind that you are working with 3 diffs, awd and a totally different drivetrain so no, you will not get something that shifts like the S2000, but you can certainly improve it.
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Old 11-21-2004, 03:38 PM   #7
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What would people recommend to improve the shift *feel* of the wrx? I was thinking kartboy bushings and leave the rest as stock....

whatcha think?
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:51 PM   #8
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I guess that trying to get the WRX to shift like the silky smooth S2000 was just a pipe dream!
It will never happen.
The Honda trannies are smooth like silk, and that's what they're known for. Subaru has a long way to go before they start shifting like a Honda, and stop shifting like a jeep.

bushings really help though.
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