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Old 07-27-2005, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default yet another kartboy shifter/bushing/knob review

I just got the Kartboy Combo with the shifter, bushings, and knob in the mail today. The install took about 10 minutes for everything, not bad. One thing to note is if your in nice clothes when you do the shifter, change, that damn grease gets all over...

Took it for a spin with just the shifter/knob. Wow, big difference considering it replaced the factory installed sti short shifter. The new setup sits much lower but thats because the kartboy knob is tiny. The sti shifter was a piece of crap, so notchy i missed gears all the time. The kartboy is notchy, but in a good way, just going around the block a little while I didnt have any problems getting it to go into gears, even reverse (which normally is a PITA).

One thing I dont like is the knob, it is a great weight but it seems to be designed for midgets or people with lobster claw-hand deformities, I'll probably be going back to the stock shifter as I think it is more comfortable.

Ok, onto the bushings... Very easy to install, one thing Id note that if you follow the directions off the kartboy site for getting the old bushing out, use their method but use a small pry bar (i used a long heavy chisel) to give you some extra pushing power.

Took it for a drive and the difference was obvious. Shifting is smooth and precise, not quite like my s2k but MUCH MUCH MUCH better than sti short shfter & stock bushing setup. The car is much more driveable. Hell i may not mind driving stick on the commute anymore, ok maybe thats a bit too far.

I give this setup a 9/10, I took a point off because of the knob, but thats my preference.

I'd also like to mention that my order came in 2 days, fast shipping for 3 bucks.

Keep up the good work Kartboy
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Old 08-14-2005, 11:21 PM   #2
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I've driven the S2000 and find it to be notchy compared to the WRX's shifter. Is this due to the bushing or the actual short shifter? What would the benifits be to people who just bought the shifter and not the bushing? If the stock knob was put on the new kartboy shifter, how much lower would it sit?
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:41 PM   #3
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S2000s, NSXs s well as Integra Type-Rs and a few other Hondas, have some of the best non-exotic-car transmissions/linkages in the world. They smoke nearly everything else.

I'd say the "notchiness" comes more from the bushings, having installed my Kartboy first, followed by the bushings (both about five years ago). As for the knob, the KB Knuckleball sits quite a lot lower. Probably 2" or so of total height, maybe a bit less.

I also don't like the Knuckleball, and went back to stock. The KB is cool, but just not my style.

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Old 08-17-2005, 01:24 AM   #4
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i just liked the heavy throw

Yea, the s2k shifting is heavenly..
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Old 08-17-2005, 10:37 AM   #5
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i just put a knuckleball on a few days ago. at first all i thought was ehhh......but it has grown on me very fast.....i love the feel of it now. dont think i will be going back to stock . seems like its a love it or hate it thing with the knobs but im happy with mine.
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Old 08-20-2005, 10:05 PM   #6
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I still love my miata's shifter, 17 year old design and still used as a baseline comparison by moto-journalists around the world.... Guess I'll have to get a Kartboy to do a back to back with my impreza
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